When Old Fold was founded in 1910 it was both rare and forward-looking because - in a dominantly male world - it had a Ladies’ Section straight away; with 50 members. And women are as welcome now as they were then - especially juniors, as we continue to look to the future.
Today, as always, the Ladies’ section has players of all abilities so, you will be equally welcome even if you are a complete beginner.
If you are already experienced in the game, and you like a challenge, you’ll find plenty of competitions to enter throughout the season - both medal-play and Stableford. Plus, there are knock-out competitions for individuals and pairs - both Ladies only and mixed.
The Ladies’ Scratch Team plays in the Hertfordshire League. The Ladies also compete for the famous Pearson Trophy - and we have several other teams that represent the club in friendly matches.
Ladies are welcome to play at any time, subject to membership criteria. Tuesday morning is specifically reserved for Ladies' play.
Old golfers never die. They don’t even fade away. The just join the TOFFS at Old Fold and keep on competing — well into their retirement years.
TOFFS is short for The Old Fold Fellowship of Seniors. It’s open to all male members over the age of 55, and it offers a marvellous opportunity for you to extend your competitive life by playing more than 30 matches, home and away, against many other clubs.
And the standard of performance remains high; our Senior Scratch Team has won the Hertfordshire League twice in recent years.
Our Seniors meet as a section twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to play in the Old Fold Roll up. The Roll Up is open to all members of the club irrespective of age or handicap and is a great way to get to meet other members.
They also have a calendar of club competitions and matches.
But the fundamental reason for the section is that word ‘fellowship’; our seniors are dedicated to friendship and camaraderie.
“I used to wake up every morning in the school holidays just looking forward to playing golf all day with my friends. You could always find a game, and you always had a laugh.”
Those are the words of a former junior member of Old Fold, and they are as true now as they were when he was a child.
That’s one of the great things about a golf club - it’s a safe haven where boys and girls can make new friends and have loads of innocent fun with them all day - and it’s certainly true of Old Fold.
Most importantly, our juniors are looked after and encouraged by dedicated Junior Golf Leaders. They have full use of the course and all the practice facilities. Our Head Professional and his team provide expert coaching to build the swings of future champions (many former juniors have gone on to win Club and County championships).
Old Fold promotes all local Junior Open golf tournaments, and we encourage all our eligible juniors to play in them.
Artisan golf was created in the 19th century to give working men the chance to play on good courses affordably. The first Artisan club was founded at the North Devon GC in 1888, under the auspices of the legendary J.H.Taylor, the 5-times Open Champion. He had once been a greenkeeper, and he promoted Artisan golf because he believed that:
“Everyone, regardless of financial standing, should have access to the game of golf”
Gradually, Artisan golf spread throughout the country - usually as a form of associate membership in existing golf clubs.
Typically, Artisans paid a low fee in return for helping to maintain the parent club’s course. This was the case at Old Fold, and it still is. Our Artisan Club was formed in 1946. The club gives us reserved weekday and weekend playing times, and we provide monthly work parties to assist the greens staff.
We play social golf on Tuesday and Friday evenings, and Medal and Stableford competitions at the weekends. We also play club and county knockout competitions and matches against other Artisan clubs throughout the season. We have an extremely hospitable ‘19th hole’, as well.
Will you fit in? Well, our membership covers all walks of life, from tradespeople to office staff, and everything in between. So, if you enjoy a game of golf and like to socialise with easy-going people, we're sure you'll feel at home.
If you currently play in a society or have the odd round with friends, but you’d like to find out about playing more often, in a club environment, contact our Hon.Sec., Rick Randall, on: 07769 049900 or email him at: [email protected]
We’d love to hear from you.
This is a marvellous venue for wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthday parties.
See the course, hole by gorgeous hole - and discover the best way to play each one.
A super course, excellent practice facilities, friendly people, a charming clubhouse, loads of social activities. Come and join us.
We’re delighted to welcome visitors – and you’ll love the challenge and the joy of playing here.
You’ll get a gracious welcome from our Professional team – whether you seek expert help with your game or only a packet of tees.