March 2020

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Seniors' Section

Welcome to Durham City Golf Club

Over 60 and new to the club or simply wanting to find out more about the seniors section?  You have found the right place.

Whether you are a casual golfer, simply enjoy the social side of golf or are keen to be involved in competition; there is plenty on offer.  You will receive a warm welcome from a friendly, easy going band of more than 270 playing gentleman golfers with whom we hope you will quickly become part.

This information sheet should help you understand how we are organised, how to get involved and, if you need to, seek help.


If you are aged 60 or over you are automatically enrolled in the Seniors’ Section.  Here is what you can look forward to.

New Members

When you join the Club you will be given a club diary which gives details of most competitions and events run by the club, a disc to display on your golf bag and this welcome pack.  A member of the seniors' section will contact you to see if we can help in any way.

Information and help.

There is a wealth of information available on the club website which you will be able to access using your email address and the password you created when you first registered your details.

Spend a little time exploring the site to find out about your new club and familiarising yourself with the various links that will help you find out about contact details for other members, competitions, fixtures, news, course conditions etc.

You can even view the course and get tips about how to play the course by watching the “3D flyover” accessed through the Golf tab at the top of the club website home page.

Pop into the Pro’s shop and introduce yourself.  Tom, Jack and their assistants are always glad to help in any way they can.  There is an excellent selection of equipment and clothing.  Both professionals provide 1:1 teaching and beginners group lessons.  Check out the new swing studio.  Just ask in the shop for details or look on the club website.

New to Golf

Starting to play golf in a club can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.  At Durham City we aim to make it as simple, easy and enjoyable as we can.

England Golf have a website that answers most of the questions you may have about starting to play golf in a new club.

You can find out about

How to mark a scorecard, etiquette on the course (the do’s and don’ts), handicaps (how to get one and why you will need it) and a whole lot of tips to help you enjoy your golf make the most out of your club.

Need help with the rules look at the R and A pages.


Tom Cranfield, our professional, runs sessions for all ages including seniors. 

Lost Property

Everyone does it at some time.  There is a basket, usually containing, at least one full set of clubs, hats club covers etc. to the left of the entrance hall. 

Notice Board

You will find the Seniors’ notice board at the end of the corridor on your right as you turn left out of the locker room toward the swing studio.

A list of members of the Seniors' section together with their contact details is displayed on the Seniors' Notice Board.  It is the place to look for any information about team matches, entry list for competitions and results, casual golf and social events are displayed there.  You can even post your own messages there to find a playing partner.  Seek and you will find.

It is helpful if all members could make sure their contact details (full name, home and mobile telephone numbers and email address) are up-to-date and make our secretary, David Stainsby, aware of any inaccuracies or changes.  This greatly simplifies organisation and aids communication between members. 

(Details of members can also be accessed through the club website using the 'Membership' tab.)

Playing Golf

You may already belong to a group of friends with whom you are happy to play, but if you are looking for opportunities to make new golfing buddies here are a few ways to start.

Weekday golf

Each weekday morning from 7.00am to 9.00am there are informal groups of fellow golfers who will be happy to welcome you to their ranks. No booking is necessary as “the ball in the chute” at the first tee is available until 10.00am.

Turn up 15minutes before the hour or half hour and you
will find a group waiting to play.  

7.30am - Monday, Wednesday, Friday: contact Roly Presho (07799 151424 or

8.00am - Monday, Wednesday, Friday: contact Bill McKibbin 0191 3723310 or

9.00am - Monday, Wednesday, Friday (weekdays golfers) join the WhatsApp group to find out who is playing. Contact Dave Stainsby 07840 644489 or email

7.30am - Tuesday and Thursday: contact Doug Stone, home telephone 0191 3841682. Mobile 07739 806343 or email Meet in the car park a 7.15am.

9.00am - Tuesday and Thursday: contact Dave West 07989044740 or email Meet in the car part at 8.30am onwards.

After 10.00am you will need to book a tee time using the club’s BRS system or contacting the Pro’s shop. The link for BRS is on the club website using the Member Booking tab

Seniors' section team

Durham seniors play 16 matches against local clubs on an home and away basis during the year. It is an excellent way of meeting other members and playing courses in the area. A list is displayed on the notice board 2 weeks before the fixture. If you are interested put your name down and check the following week to see if you have been chosen and to confirm your availability. Excellence is NOT a requirement so don’t be put off. Selection is based on availability and everyone is given the opportunity to play during the year. Typical costs are £11-£12 for golf and a meal after the match.

The keynote is friendly competition.


Dates of club competitions and matches can be found in your club diary. A list of opens, men's and ladies' competitions (excluding seniors) is available on the club website. You can enter these events using the BRS system and a notification that the entry list is open is sent by email. Once the draw has been made you can find your allocated tee off time on the BRS sheet for that day. Results are available through the link to HowDidIDo and on the club website.

On the day of competition you will need to sign in on the computer in the Pro shop and pay any fees due.  When you have completed your round your score must be entered on the computer in the bar area and your signed score card post in the box next to the computer.  If you need help, just ask, there will be plenty of members round to show you how.

Seniors' competitions and matches are displayed on the seniors' noticeboard.  An entry list is post, at least 2 weeks before the event and any draw is post the week before. 

Away days

There are two away days or exchange days each year when seniors play at local clubs. Same arrangements for entry as competitions.

Our competition secretary is Mike McPherson (07916 321846) who will be happy to help with any queries.

Christmas Lunch

In December each year the seniors' section host a Christmas lunch.  An extremely popular and enjoyable afternoon provides an opportunity to meet up with fellow members and enjoy this annual get together.  If you would like to attend put your name on the list on the noticeboard - prior notice is given when the list is to be posted.  First come, first served, so don't be late.

Durham County Golf Union offer discounted rates at many golf courses.

Practice facilities at Durham City Golf Club

Senior's Committee

The committee is elected annually and meets each month. It is responsible for the running and organisation of the section and represents the wishes and interests of the section at the club committees.

We hope that through informal feedback and by circulating a brief description of the work of the committee that you will feel involved in the running of the club.

The Committee meets monthly. If you have anything that you would like to raise relating to any aspect of the way the club is run or would like to help please contact any committee member or by email to:
“The Secretary” at

Helpers are always welcome - it is a great way to get to know people and feel involved in the club.

This year’s committee is:
Captain: Steve Valente
Vice-Captain: Bob Ord
Secretary: David Stainsby
Treasurer: Brian Pyle
Competition Secretary: Mike McPherson
Past Captain: Roly Presho
Other committee members: Bill McKibbin, Keith Watson and Ed Holmes


Please remember to replace all divots, repair all pitch marks and use the sand and seed provided on the tees.  Raking the bunkers properly makes playing out of them much easier and doesn't take much time or effort.  Place any litter in the waste bins provided.

The ground staff are hard working and friendly give them a wave and help them in any way you can! It is your course.

Enjoy you golf.

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