The Hazards Golfing Society

The Hazards Golfing Society was founded in the heyday of amateur golf in 1936 by Austin Carris with the objects of drawing together amateur golfers from all parts…that strong bonds of friendship will be formed amongst its members…to promote the best interests of golf and to preserve the dignity and prestige of the game and the Society.

Nearly 90 years on, the Society remains true to those aims.

The Society has a limited membership. Entry is by invitation only and it renews membership by annual invitation. It is governed by a Captain, President and small committee and managed by its Secretary.

Members are drawn from many clubs, mainly across the home counties with some further afield. Generally they are or have been in single figures.

The Society plays 7 meetings from March to September at courses such as Rye, Walton HeathWest Sussex, The Berkshire and New Zealand and has a Ladies’ Day at Worplesdon. Guests are welcome and this often provides a route into membership.

There are around 11 matches with societies including the XL Club, the Seniors, the Elders and the Circuit Judges as well with clubs such as St George’s Hill, Royal Porthcawl and Aldeburgh. It has short tours to Royal Porthcawl and to Suffolk and enters teams in the Piskey at Newquay and the Alba Trophy at Woking.

The Annual Dinner in November and AGM in February will be held in 2024 at the East India Club in St. James’s.

The Society is keen to promote junior golf and awards the Hazards Salver and a bursary to the best score by an under 16yr boy playing in the Carris Trophy, provided by its founder. From 2017, a similar trophy and bursary will be provided for the best score by an under 16yr girl playing at the England Golf Girls Championships.