The Rotherham Way
People have different reasons why they enjoy the game of golf but here at Rotherham we believe we have a little of something for everybody. We must have. We enjoy a thriving membership in all categories and nearly always you will find members with smiles on their faces.
Here are some of the things we think help us stand out from the crowd.
Well maintained, beautiful parkland golf course
As soon as you enter our home, Thrybergh Park, you will know you have arrived at a special place. Rolling fairways, edged by mature trees, fill the vista on both sides of the long driveway which meanders through the course to the club house. Our greenkeepers pride themselves on presenting a course we too are proud of. It is varied, not too long, yet full of surprises to satisfy the most discerning of golfers.
Not many clubs can boast a neo-Gothic clubhouse steeped in history and the ancestral home of one of South Yorkshire’s most illustrious families.
The current house dated from 1811, when Napoleon ruled France and Britain was fighting wars on four fronts, Incidentally it was also the year of the first recorded Ladies’ Golf Tournament, staged at Mussleburgh.
Today the clubhouse is a hive of activity, with its bars and celebrated catering. In the 19th members can be found talking through every shot they played, or watching sport in the centenary lounge on Sky TV.
It is also home for numerous social events enjoyed by members throughout the year. These include relaxed barbecues, family fun days, curry and chilli nights, gourmet dinners as well formal black tie events such as the Captain’s dinner and New Year’s Eve dinner.
A competitive but friendly spirit
Members at Rotherham enjoy a full programme of golfing events throughout the year, both playing against each other and at home and away against other clubs.
There are a host of competitions to be played for including the scratch medal, a 36-hole strokeplay event, the Captain’s Prize, a knockout matchplay tournament played throughout the season culminating in a 36-hole final, and the Fullerton Cup.
A Winter Order of Merit keeps the interest going throughout the colder months – with various weekend competitions being enjoyed.
The club has a strong men’s section and enters scratch teams into leagues and knockout competitions run by the Sheffield Union and Yorkshire Union. We have regularly produced county players and our best known home grown is professional tour star, Danny Willett.
It is easy for clubs boasting so many good players to overlook those slightly less able, but even if breaking 80 is an uncommon occurrence, rest assured there is still plenty to interest you at Rotherham!
Turn Up and Play
One of the features of playing golf at Rotherham that is appreciated so much by our members is the ability to turn up and play without booking a tee time. This practice, much cherished by members’ clubs such as ours allows a casual game with your friends at a time to suit you without having to book in advance. Even when we enjoy the company of visiting parties we reserve the tee for members until 9.30am every day and from 12-1.30pm weekdays.
Regular roll-ups are organised throughout the season and the rule is if you turn up, you play, and if you don’t, nobody is upset.
All sections are treated equally
No matter what you age or ability, there is something at Rotherham Golf Club for you. Older golfers compete in the Spondon Trophy – a seven-a-side team event featuring clubs across several counties - our senior members are regulars in the many “fiddle” gatherings, with groups of members taking to the course daily.
The Ladies also enjoy a full season of competition. In addition to their own programme of monthly competitions they enjoy a full programme of competitive and social golf.
Juniors and beginners can take advantage of lessons from the pro shop and are helped to develop the technical skills and the equiette required to make the game of golf so enjoyable. Many of our juniors go on to represent the club, county and country.
The Ladies and Gentlemen’s sections are fully integrated, with all members treated equally in all respects (membership fees, use of all facilities, etc), and we have a longstanding tradition of Mixed Competitions.