Infrastructure of England Golf
The English Golf Union merged with the English Women's Golf Association on 1st January 2012 to form England Golf, the governing body for all amateur golf in England.
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England. It is one of the country’s largest sports governing bodies and looks after the interests of more than 1,900 golf clubs and 675,000 men, women, boy and girl club members.
England Golf is at the heart of grassroots golf, inspiring people to have a lifelong involvement in the game. Our development initiative ‘Get into golf’ introduces new golfers, juniors and adults, to start playing the game as well as increasing the interest and participation in golf. Working with our partners we offer business support to clubs to encourage more golfers to enjoy the benefits of club membership and to help promote the game as being accessible, fun and family friendly.
For competitive golfers, England Golf provides championships for all ages and abilities, both in individual and team events, hosted at some of the most prestigious courses across the country, some with qualifying events at any club.
England Golf identifies and develops the country’s most talented golfers through their amateur careers, many of whom go on to become the world’s leading professional golfers, such as Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Charley Hull and Melissa Reid.
England Golf also maintains a uniform system of handicapping, administering and applying the Rules approved by the Council of National Golf Unions.
England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020’ from grass roots right through to elite level.”
Based at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa England Golf is a non-profit organisation run for the benefit of the game and its players.
The majority of England Golf funding comes from affiliation fees paid by golfers which funds the core activities of the organisation. Members of each affiliated club pay an annual subscription to their County Union (men) or County Association (women) and to England Golf.