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A History of the China Golfing Society

The Society has some 300 members worldwide and is informally constituted with a President and a Committee comprising the Captain, the Vice Captain, the Membership Secretary, the Fixture Secretary and the Treasurer.    

There are some eighteen annual fixtures, six of which are two/three-day tours. A new two day tour took place in Sept 2022 at Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire to celebrate the centenary of a small meeting held there in 1922, the event was so successful that it is being repeated in Sept 2023. A spring meeting is also held in Scotland and an annual meeting is held in Hong Kong in November, with the other fixtures being played in and around the Home Counties. The first tour of the year is in Suffolk at Aldeburgh and Woodbridge in May. This is followed by the North/South tour, which is played in early June alternating between venues in England and Scotland. The Hampshire Mini Tour is played over two days at Liphook and Blackmoor in mid-July and the South Links tour is played at Littlestone, Rye and Royal St George’s in early August. The final tour of the year is held in France, over three days, in the Le Touquet area in late September.

In addition to members-only meetings, matches are also played against golf clubs at Aldeburgh, Liphook, West Surrey, Piltdown, Royal St George’s and Rye as well as against a number of expatriate and other golfing societies at various venues. A Joint Societies meeting takes place at Cuddington, where the Hodder Trophy is played for by the Golfing Societies of China, Malaya, Kenya, Latin America and Calcutta. Following the demise of the West Africa Golf Society in 2017 a new fixture involving the Oriental Club, the East India Club and the Reform Club was played in 2018 at Sandy Lodge GC and the China Golfing Society were the inaugural winners.

The following further trophies are played for by members of the Society; the Reynolds Dragon Bowl at Liphook, the Nan Bei Jiang Cup and the Roy Davies Shanghai Jars on the North/South tour, the Beswick Bowl at Aldeburgh and the Jack Martin Cup at The Nevill. The Hardwick Trophy is presented to the winner of the match against the Calcutta Golfing Society, currently held at Blackmoor.

All members are encouraged to play in meetings and to propose themselves for selection for the Society teams in the matches.