The WAGGS – Windermere Aged Gentlemen’s Golf Society – was formed in 1989 and has become a highly social, active and valued group within the Club, comprising well over 90 members. The Society is committed to giving its members a varied pleasurable golfing experience. Any male club member of 55+ years may join.
More detailed information about the WAGGS, their membership, structure, and officers, can be found lower down this page. Information on up-coming competitions and event dates can be found either on the WAGGS notice board or on the central notice board in the club main entrance.
Trophies and mementos for the winners of competitions are presented at WGC’s Mens Section prize-giving evening in November.
The ‘Secretaries Trophy’ – inaugurated in 2009 – runs throughout the year from early November. Points are awarded on a sliding scale to the first three finishers in WAGGS competitions with the aim of finding the most consistent player.
- In June, the WAGGS Captain’s away day is always greatly anticipated, being played ‘away’ at a course chosen by the Captain.
- March – Charity Trophy – also played for some ‘Interesting’ prizes, followed by lunch
- April – Spring Meeting
- July – Summer Medal (Qualifier)
- September – Autumn Shield (Qualifier)
- October – Millennium Competition
Club competitions organized by the WAGGS
- June – Senior Open – 4BBB
- October – Ruby Trophy – members 60+ years.
Competitions which run through the Summer:
- Eclectic – 1 April-30 Sept – best Stapleford score for each hole out of 6 rounds.
- The Birthwaite Bowl – Singles knockout – ending on ‘Finals weekend’
- The Westmorland Plate – Doubles knockout – ending on ‘Finals weekend’
- The ‘Turkey Trot’ is held in November in conjunction with a lunch and the WAGGS’ AGM. All competitors down to last place receive the equivalent of a “bottle” prize.
- There is an ever popular weekly “roll-up” throughout the winter from the beginning of October until the end of March, where each gets to play with different members by drawing lots.
Members wishing to play, attend on Fridays and place their £1 entry fee. At 9.15am there is a draw for partners. The style of competition alters from week to week and a list is published in advance on the society’s notice-board. The 3 best teams or individuals (according to the competition) share that day’s entry fee as prizes.
The WAGGS play the following Cumbrian and Lancashire clubs both home and away during the summer months:
Appleby, Barrow, Beckside, Furness, Grange-over-Sands, Kendal, Keswick, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancaster and Morecambe
There is great friendly rivalry in these matches, with a meal to conclude each event.
Selection is by application (not merit) in keeping with the society’s ethos, although we do like winners to apply! Members are invited to put their names forward on the notice board to play in the next match. If a match is over-subscribed, a draw is made to determine the players. Those unlucky in the draw are then given priority for selection if they enter for the next match in the calendar.
New members of the WAGGS can always be assured of receiving a warm welcome. If you are 55+ and would like to join, please contact any of the society officers or indeed ask anyone who looks old enough – he’s sure to be a member! Membership is £5.00 pa.
The WAGGS Notice board is immediately on the right-hand entrance wall when entering the men’s locker room from the course.
The WAGGS year begins after their AGM in mid-November. All decisions pertaining to the on-going running of the section are made by the current year’s officers. Any proposals for change can be made at the AGM of the section which is held in November each year. All the officers are elected or re-elected each year at the AGM.
WAGGS officers 2017
Captain: Martin Ellis 07887776273
Vice-Captain: Andy Gilchrist 01539 727772
Secretary: Charles Flanagan 015394 43123
Treasurer: John Burton 015394 48775
Match Secretary: Brian Adcock 01539 530281
Support: Harry Leung 015394 45230
Dave Bolton 015394 47775
Mike Dixon 015394 32444
Peter Gawne-Cain 015394 42083
The WAGGS fund their activities from their annual membership and competition fees. These have often generated sufficient funds to put something back into WGC, examples being contributions to the Club’s Juniors, the rhododendrons behind the green on the 12th hole, paths down from the 10th and 13th tees, and the panoramic slate plinth on the 8th Tee enabling golfers to identify the various peaks, in what must be one of the most attractive views from a golf course anywhere in the country. There is also a new composting system near the 15th tee which the WAGGS have contributed towards. This will help reduce future expenditure on dressings needed for worn fairways.