About Us

Founded in 1899

Golf was first played in Nottinghamshire on common land at Bulwell more than a century ago, on which the Bulwell Forest Golf Club now stands.

The Notts GC, founded in 1887, is the County’s oldest golf club and is now situated at Hollinwell in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Originally a municipal club, the Bulwell Forest Golf Club celebrated it’s centenary in 2002 and in 2005 the club negotiated a lease on the land so that the County’s most historic golf course could be protected. Together they form part of the thirteen Nottinghamshire clubs which have celebrated their centenary. 

On the 18th May 1899, a meeting was held in the pavilion of the Nottinghamshire Golf Club at Bulwell Forest to consider the formation of the Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs. Representatives from the three golf clubs in Nottinghamshire at the time were present, Bulwell Artisans, Ravensdale GC and the Notts GC. Mr J Hall was appointed as the Union’s first President with Mr T G Mellors as its Secretary and Treasurer.

The celebrated golfer Tom Williamson was the professional at both the Bulwell Forest and Notts golf clubs for more than 50 years, during which time he designed and worked on many of the golf courses throughout the Midlands. Tom made regular appearances in exhibition matches with Harry Vardon, James Braid and J H Taylor, the Great Triumverate, and also appeared in numerous Open Championships in his day.

Nottinghamshire’s first recorded County match was over 36 holes against Yorkshire at Bulwell Forest on the 6th October 1900 in which the visitors won by 21 to 15. The match continues to this day but now in the form of a biennial fixture. The first 36 hole County Championship also took place at Bulwell Forest on the 26th October 1901 in which T G Mellors and E A Coutts tied with scores of 85-85-170, Coutts eventually won the play-off to become the first Nottinghmshire County Champion.

There are now 35 golf clubs affiliated to the Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs, fourteen of which are private members clubs, whilst the remainder are a mix of municipal and commercial golf clubs which are open to the public on a “pay and play” basis with many of them being formed during the past 20 years to meet the demands of the sport as it grew in popularity.

Mission Statement


The objectives of the Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs are to:

  • Promote, encourage and administer amateur golf in Nottinghamshire.

  • Encourage and assist its member clubs.

  • Avoid judgement, criticism and prejudice.

  • Support the principle and practice of equity, equality and equality of opportunity.

  • Challenge discrimination that is indirect, direct, intentional or unintentional.

  • Attempt to ensure that all people, irrespective of their age, gender, ability, social status, race, ethnic origin, religious belief, disability or sexual preference have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in golf.

  • Recognise its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people and to ensure the sport of golf in Nottinghamshire is one within which children and young people involved can flourish in a safe environment.

  • Uphold and abide by the Rules of Golf and the Rules of Amateur Status as laid down by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Limited.

  • Assist and co-operate with the England Golf, and the Midland Golf Union Limited, and abide by such Rules as laid down from time to time insofar as they affect the Union.

  • Assist and co-operate with the Council of National Golf Unions, and ensure that the Union and its members comply with the Rules of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System.

County Officials

How to get a card

To register your 2023 County Card, please apply below. 

Please note, that a LifeTime number is an individual’s assigned lifetime handicap ID number. This number allows us to confirm membership in a golf club, as well as the individuals, exact playing handicap.

If you do not have it, your club office will be able to provide you with it.

policies, rules & important documents


Whilst children and young people are participating in golf activities in our care, The Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs has a responsibility to ensure their safety and wellbeing. The Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs recognises the policies of the National Governing Body, as set in out in the England Golf Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and Procedures”.

The policy and supporting procedures set out a framework to fulfil our commitment to good practice and the protection of children in our care.


Key principles

  • The welfare of children is paramount.
  • A child is defined by law in England and Wales as a person under the age of 18 years.
  • All children, regardless of their Age, Race, Religion or Belief, Disability, Gender identity or Sexual Orientation, have the right to protection from abuse.
  • All concerns and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All children have the right to be safe.
  • All children have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • The Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs will work with children, their parents/carers and external organisations to safeguard the welfare of children participating in golf.
  • We recognise the authority of the statutory agencies and are committed to complying with Local Safeguarding Children Board Guidelines (LSCB), Working Together under the Children Act 2004, and any legislation and statutory guidance that supersedes these.
  • The Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs is committed to working in partnership with other key UK Golf bodies to continually improve and promote safeguarding initiatives across the sport.
  • The Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs owes a legal duty of care to children on their premises or engaged in their activities. That duty is to take reasonable care to ensure their reasonable safety and the duty is higher than it would be for adults.



The Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs aims to:

  • Provide a safe environment for children and young people participating in golfing activities and try to ensure that they enjoy the experience.
  • Ensure robust systems are in place to manage any concerns or allegations.
  • Support adults (staff, volunteers, PGA Professionals, coaches, members and visitors) to understand their roles and responsibilities with regard to their duty of care and protection of children.
  • Provide appropriate training, support and resources for staff, volunteers & coaches to make informed and confident responses to specific safeguarding issues and fulfill their role effectively.
  • Ensure that children and their parents/carers are informed and consulted and, where appropriate, fully involved in decisions that affect them.
  • Reassure parents and carers that all children and young people will receive the best care possible whilst participating in county activities and communicate Policy and Procedure to them through website/letter/consents.


Responsibilities and implementation

The Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs will seek to promote the principles of safeguarding children by:

  • Review their policy and procedures every three years or whenever there is a major change in legislation. Guidance from England Golf will be sought as part of the review process.
  • Conducting a risk assessment of county activities with regard to safeguarding and taking appropriate action to address the identified issues within suitable timescales.
  • Using appropriate recruitment procedures to assess the suitability of volunteers and staff working with children and young people in line with guidance from England Golf.
  • Following National Governing Body (NGB) procedures to report concerns and allegations about the behaviour of adults and ensuring that all staff, volunteers, parents and children are aware of these procedures.
  • Directing staff, volunteers & coaches to appropriate safeguarding training and learning opportunities, where this is appropriate to their role.


Useful contacts

County Welfare Officer

County Secretary

Other important contact details


SafeGolf Documents

NUGC Safeguarding Adults Policy

All Forms listed below should be returned to:

Mr Peter Trotter

Chairman of Junior Golf, Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs

9 Nixon Walk, East Leake, Loughborough, LE12 6HL


Application Form

Self Disclosure Form

Code of Conduct County Officials

Code of Conduct Young Golfers

Accident Report Form

Incident Report Form


County Welfare Officer: Dee Gladden

I am pleased to serve as the County Welfare Officer using my previous experience as a Police Officer having served with Metropolitan Police Service in London and a paramedic with the London Ambulance service. During the latter years I became involved in the Youth and Community Section delivering schools involvement programmes on the law, drugs, and personal safety.

I have provided programmes and training both for police officers and members of the community on first aid, personal safety, and Crime Prevention information and I was also responsible for presenting the R.I.D.E. drugs education programme in schools to children aged from 9 to 18yrs.

The Kingston Police Cadet Unit, which is a youth programme for ages 15-19, was launched by me and a colleague.  I was responsible for training the cadets and successfully guided them through the Duke of Edinburgh programme for bronze and silver awards.

I currently teach all ages to achieve various health and safety qualifications Safety Compliance, Manual Handling, Fire Safety and First aid. I also serve as a First Responder for the East Midlands Ambulance Service which is a voluntary role.

I have completed a BTEC in special needs which I have found valuable when supporting less academically able individuals but also adults returning to learning.

I am a keen golfer and have been involved with the Nottinghamshire Nippers and the Golf sixes. My family including my grandson are keen golfers.

I look forward to providing support when required.

Email address: d.age@hotmail.co.uk

Telephone Number: 07973 839220

Alternatively, you can speak to someone at

Childline : 08001111

NSPCC0808 800 5000

England Golf: 01526 351 851 or safeguarding@englandgolf.org

My role as the CWO is to take the lead in the county on welfare and protection issues and ensure the appropriate action is taken when there is a potential/alleged abuse, bullying or poor practice. It is not my role to investigate fully any allegations made. I have undertaken Child Protection training provided by national golfing bodies and others. Child protection concerns will be reported to the police/Social Services Department as appropriate.

If the England Golf Lead Safeguarding Officer is not available and a delay cannot be justified then seek advice from the local County Council Safeguarding Adults Team or County Council Social Care-Emergency Duty Team.


1. About this Policy

1.1 This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about Competitors and Officials, how we use it and how we keep it secure and your rights in relation to it.

1.2 We may collect, use and store your personal data, as described in this Data Privacy Policy and as described when we collect data from you.

1.3We reserve the right to amend this data Privacy Policy from time to time without prior notice. Amendments will not be made retrospectively.

1,4 We will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when dealing You are advised to check our website (www.nottsgolfunion.com) regularly for any canges towards our policy in using your personal data

1.5  Further details on the GDPR can be found at the website for the information Commissioner (ww.ico.gov.uk). For the purposes of the GDPR, we will be the ‘’controller’’ of all personal data we hold about you.

2. Who are we?

2.1 We are the Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs (the Union). We can be contacted via the Honorary Secretary – secretary@nottsgolfunion.com

3. The data we collect and the retention period

NameFor identification of Competitors and OfficialsInformation retained within the player profile within the secure area of the NUGC website. Date retained for unlimited time.
Date of BirthTo establish category in age related competitions.Information retained in the individual profile within the secure area of the NUGC website. Data retained for unlimited time.
Phone numbers(s)For urgent contact in relation to Midland League/NUGC business.Information retained in the individual profile within the secure area of the NUGC website. Data retained for unlimited time.
Email addressFor issuing of relevant competition and league information.Information retained in the individual profile within the secure area of the NUGC website. Data retained for unlimited time.
CDHFor the purposes of registering and notifying any handicap adjustments following completion of a competition and to establish player meets entry requirements on handicap related events.Information retained in the individual profile within the secure area of the NUGC website. Data retained for unlimited time.
Medical conditionsFor the health and welfare of the player at a competition where allergies or medical conditions would affect any treatment in event of illness of injury.Information retained in hardcopy (paper files) for the duration of the playing season. Data destroyed at the end of the playing season.
Parental consentFor the health and welfare of the player at a competition where allergies or medical conditions would affect any treatment in event of illness of injury. Particularly important when parents or guardian may not be present at an event.Information retained in hardcopy (paper files) for the duration of the playing season. Data destroyed at the end of the playing season.
PhotographsFor the publication on the NUGC website news section for competition or prize winners.Photographs stored on hard- drives will be deleted after the period of twelve months or the completion of the same competition in the following year.

4.  How we protect your personal data

4.1 We will not transfer your personal data outside the EU without your permission.

4.2 We have implemented general accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personal data from loss, misuse, or unauthorised alteration or destruction.  

4.3 Please note however that where you are transmitting information to us over the internet this can  never be guaranteed to be 100% secure.                                     

4.4 For any payments which we take from you online we will use a recognised online secure    payment system.

4.5 We will notify you promptly in the event of any breach of your personal data which might expose you too serious risk.

5.  Who else has access to the information you provide us?

5.1 We will never sell your personal data. We will not share your personal data with any third parties without your prior consent (which you are free to withhold) except where we are required to do so by law or as set out in paragraph 5.2.

5.2 We may pass your personal data to third parties who are service providers, agents and      subcontractors to us for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our   behalf (e.g. to administer competitions). We do this for the purpose of our legitimate interests in   operating the Union and for performing our contract with you. However, we disclose only the personal data that is necessary for the third party to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own purposes. It is possible that third parties may themselves engage others (sub processors) to process your data. Where this is the case third parties will be required to have contractual arrangements with their sub- processor(s) that ensure your information is kept secure and not used for their own purpose.

How long do we keep your information?

6.1 We will hold your personal data on our systems for a long as it is in the Unions’ legitimate interest to do so or for as long as is necessary to comply with our legal obligations. We will review your personal data every year to establish whether we are still entitled to process it. If we decide that we are not entitled to do so, we will stop processing your personal data except that we will retain your personal data in an archived from in order to be able to comply with future legal obligations.

6.2 We securely destroy all financial information once we have used it and no longer need it.

7.  Your rights

7.1 You have rights under the GDPR; (a) to access your personal data (b) to be provided with     information about how your personal data is processed (c) to have personal data corrected (d) to have personal data erased in certain circumstances (e) to object to or restrict how your personal data is processed (f) to have your personal data transferred to yourself or to another business in certain circumstances.

7.2 You have the right to take any complaints about how we process your personal data to the information Commissioner:

0303 123 1113
Information Commissioner’s Office Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF

For more details, please address any questions, comments and requests regarding our data processing practices to our Honorary Secretary – secretary@nottsgoilfunoin.com

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