About Us

Over a centenary of looking after Cheshire golf clubs

What does your County do for you?

The Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs was founded on the 22nd of November 1920, when 36 Cheshire Golf Clubs gave notice of a willingness to join such a union. During the meeting the intention was to stage a County Championship the following year. As ‘the Royal Liverpool Club’ was to hold the English Amateur Championship in 1921, it was decided that the County Championship should be held at Delamere Forest GC. The Union represents 94 affiliated golf clubs within the County, providing knowledge and expertise to support them all.

Our mission is to promote and grow the game of golf in the county of Cheshire in a safe and friendly environment, welcoming everyone, irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity. To represent and support our affiliated Clubs and to introduce and provide a broad range of competitive golf for their members, whatever their level of ability.

We are able to offer particular advice and support on a number of topics including all aspects of the World Handicapping System introduced on 2nd November, 2020.

Golf is one of the few sports that can be enjoyed by all age groups and abilities. With this in mind, the Cheshire  Union run County Tournaments for players of all ages, in team, pairs and individual formats.

The Cheshire Union identifies existing talent and through its coaching program develops the next generation of golfers to represent the County and beyond at a National Level.

notable cheshire players

Notable players who have benefitted from this program and have gone on to success in the professional ranks include Paul Waring, David Horsey, Jamie Donaldson and Matt Jordan. Thanks to our player development programs, Cheshire are in a position where its representative County Teams are able to successfully compete against their peers. We are working hard to preserve, enhance and advance the quality of golf throughout the county of Cheshire.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote and grow the game of golf in the county of Cheshire in a safe and friendly environment, welcoming everyone, irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity. To represent and support our affiliated Clubs and to introduce and provide a broad range of competitive golf for their members, whatever their level of ability.


To further the interest of Amateur Golf in Cheshire

To assist in maintaining a uniform system of handicapping, helping to introduce the World Handicapping  System in November,2020

To encourage and develop players to County and International standard

To arrange the following events:

Amateur Championship of the County , County Team Championship, Boys and Junior Championships, Inter-County Matches within the Northern Counties league and Championships.

To organise and maintain the facilities of the Cheshire Card, and the County Membership Scheme, also known as the Life Members Association.

To co-operate with the England Golf and other County Golf Unions in such a manner as to promote the game at a national level.

We are always looking for people to join the board as a director, but there are also opportunities to help develop golf without becoming a Board Director. If you are interested in one or more of the following areas, please contact County Secretary, Steve Doughty at secretary@cheshiregolf.org.uk  or on 01244 678004 with your area of interest and expertise and your contact details. Steve or one of the Board Directors will then follow this up with a personal telephone call.

We are always looking for additional people to help in the following areas.

Finance & Accountancy

Marketing & Business Development

Event Management of County Championships and County Matches

Social Media / Web Development

Golf Course Assessment Surveys

Coaching Junior Teams

policies, rules & important documents

County Officials



Coaching Josh Sims
CommunicationsJerry Dixon
Finance and SponsorshipDavid Durling
Life Members MeetingsJerry Dixon
Nominations & GovernanceDavid Durling
SelectionChris Peterson
Tournaments including course rating and rulesStewart Neil
County TreasurerDavid Kimpton
Interim County Welfare Officer Steve Doughty
SafeguardingMartyn Grimley
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (including Unification & Diversity)Cleve McCurdy
Annual DinnerSimon Danger
England Golf Voting Member and Northern Counties RepAndrew Henshall


Cheshire County Card 2024/25

How to get a card

To be entitled to a Cheshire county card you must be a golf member of an Affiliated Cheshire Golf Club (Gentleman or Lady). Your details will need to be on England Golf’s WHS platform and so have a recognised handicap index.

Join a Cheshire Golf Club

The Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs has 94 Affiliated clubs amounting to nearly 32,000 playing members. There are a wide range of golf courses within Cheshire offering varied challenges to every level of golfing skill from the Open Championship venue of Royal Liverpool through to player friendly 9 hole courses; there is a course in Cheshire to suit every need. There is even a Golf Club purely for Junior golfers. Though many of our courses are in a rural setting, the large conurbations of the Wirral, Warrington and Manchester are well represented, offering courses which are green oasis with varied wildlife.

Becoming a member of a Golf Club has many benefits of which unlimited access to a golf course is the major one. Golf Clubs generally have a very active social calendar attracting a wide cross section of the community. For the more competitive golfer, there are many opportunities to test your golfing ability against your fellow members. A member is entitled to an official CONGU ® Handicap, recognised through Great Britain & Ireland and the rest of the world. Our golf clubs always offer a warm welcome to new members and visitors. Join a Golf Club and you will have sport for a lifetime where you will make lifetime friends.

Golf Club members also become members of the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs and the English Golf Union, for men or for ladies, the Cheshire County Ladies Golf Association, the English Women’s Golf Association and the Ladies Golf Union. As a member of the CUGC or CCLGA you are entitled to receive a free County Card which entitles the holder to play a round of golf at over 1000 golf clubs in 30 different County Unions throughout England at a reduced rate.

If you are interested in joining a Cheshire Club, you will find a page listing all of our 94 Affiliated Clubs with a direct link to the clubs’ own website. Contact the Club Secretary who will be able to advise you of the membership categories available. Many clubs offer reduced playing rights at a reduced rate, ideal for those with limited amount of time.

Steve Doughty

County Secretary

Phone 01244 678004 or email – secretary@cheshiregolf.org.uk

Life Membership

We instigated the Cheshire Life Membership scheme back in 1965, and currently we have 900 Life Members who are eligible to play in the seven competitons we run each year at clubs across the county. These highly popular competitions are played in pairs betterball format and typically attract fields of between 160 and 180 players. Life Members must be playing members of an affiliated club with a current and valid WHS handicap. 

Please see the dedicated Life Member page to apply for membership or see the entry process for our events