The R&A Women in Golf Charter

A commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf

 We, Great Torrington GC call on everyone involved in golf to play their part in developing a culture that values women’s involvement in every aspect of the sport, from participating to pursuing a career.

 Our aim is to increase the number of women and girls playing and working in golf.

  • To achieve this goal and to enable women to flourish throughout golf, we recognise the need for a fundamental shift in culture. There is a clear ethical need for change and the potential economic benefits of growing the sport through more women and girls playing are substantial.
  • The R&A commits to playing a leading role in this process and to working with affiliates, partners and the wider golf industry towards achieving this goal.
  • In signing this Charter, we Great Torrington GC commit to making tangible efforts to develop a welcoming and inspiring environment for women. We will do more to attract women into golf, to remain, and to have rewarding careers.


The Charter:

  • Is a statement of intent from the golf industry and Great Torrington GC, to unite and to focus gender balance at all levels
  • Commits us all to supporting measures to increase the number of women, girls and families playing golf
  • Calls for positive action to encourage women to pursue careers in all areas of the sport
  • Recognises the need for change that creates an inclusive environment within golf and our golf club


Signatories commit to activate this Charter by:

  • Developing and implementing an internal strategy for enhancing gender balance at every level
  • Establishing senior management responsibility and accountability for gender balance and inclusion, which is discussed and reviewed at committee/board level with Great Torrington GC
  • Strongly advocating more women and girls playing and working in golf.
  • Working with key stakeholders to develop and embed a more inclusive culture.
  • Promoting the Charter and our goal of encouraging more women and girls to play golf and work in golf.


How we at Great Torrington GC Plan to achieve this

  • To achieving and maintain 30% female representation on our Board of Directors by actively promoting these positions linked to appropriate role descriptors that are not gender specific
  • Deliver a minimum number of 4 initiatives each year targeting women/girls and families that are aligned with key England Golf campaigns
  • Formally promote inclusion to the wider community via the club website, social media accounts and local community groups
  • Promote a membership pathway, for women/girls and families to progress within the club
  • Have designated Champions/Mentors within the club who can assist and support new participants and members
  • Appoint a designated Charter Champion within the club who can assist with the promotion and reporting of the charter


Signed on Behalf of Great Torrington GC:


Club Manager/Secretary:   Signed: Tony Gooch

Date: 21st December 2020

Charter Champion:   Signed: Jackie Saundersate:  

21st December 2020

JOINT CAPTAINS 2020 – Jackie Saunders and Joyce Knowles

The Ladies’ Section is organised by an elected committee which meets every month. The Ladies’ Captain and Vice-Captain are also elected each year and become Directors of the Club and serve on the main Board.

On behalf of the ladies’ committee, we would like to welcome you to Great Torrington Golf Club

We are a friendly section and we work hard to create a convivial environment. If you decide to join us we will give you a welcome pack with a list of members who would play a round with you and help you to gain your handicap if you don’t already have one. We will also show you how to enter various competitions and find someone to partner you. Or you may prefer to just enjoy some non-competitive golf in the fresh air and all the health benefits that this offers. 

Our ladies’ day is each Wednesday - tee times are reserved for us between 8.30 and 9.30 and we have the course until 12 noon. Although we do not have a large membership at the moment we still like to play in as many outside competitions as possible. We all enjoy a day out!

At the moment we play friendly matches, ladies Veterans matches and we also compete in the Devon League every year. As well as this we also play friendly - friendlies! These fun matches are a great way to play other courses and make new friends. These matches are always followed by a tasty meal together.

On the first Wednesday of every month, we try to have lunch together. This is open to non-members too and we welcome friends of members and invite previous members to come along and enjoy a good catch up. 

The ladies can also enter the 'all categories' Saturday and Sunday competitions and during the summer months, on a Thursday evening, a supper competition is held. This is great fun and a good way to meet other members

We do have a couple of Ladies’ Opens coming up. Please check the Club Diary page for upcoming events.

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