As the Mens Governing Body of Amateur Golf in County Durham, the DCGU is in turn affiliated to England Golf our National Governing Body. It works on their behalf and alongside the Durham County Ladies Golf Association, to support the clubs, golfers and talent of Durham in all the following areas of activity.
The Union is the area authority for the CONGU handicap system used by golfers to compete in club, county, regional and national competitions. With over 16,000 handicaps to manage, we administer everything behind the scenes that keeps the system working, from answering handicap queries and giving advice to clubs, to handling disciplinary and appeals cases. On behalf of the National Governing Body, the DCGU supports clubs in preparing for major changes to the way handicaps are managed, such as the new World Handicap System.
The Course and Slope rating for each set of tees is a fundamental part of the new WHS handicapping system and allows golfers to compete on different courses using the same handicap. The Union has a team of trained course assessors who undertake this work on behalf of England Golf at no cost to the clubs.
As part of the County Golf Development Group, the Union is involved in a wide range of activity to help bring new players into the sport and new members into our clubs. Working closely with England Golf, the Golf Foundation and the PGA, we aim to support clubs with development ideas and applications for available Sport England funding which has seen many clubs in the County develop their facilities and ability to recruit and retain new golfers within membership.
The Union is a club’s first port of call when it has a query on the Rules of Golf and has persons qualified to answer them. Support is available to clubs to ensure that courses are set up correctly for competition golf and comply with the Rules of Golf. When changes to the Rules of golf are implemented by the R&A, the County bodies help with the education process and give guidance to clubs with respect to the rewriting of local rules.
The Union's talent development programme supports the development of young talent from Under 14's up to Mens level, through 1st class coaching, support and competition. Using qualified PGA Professionals, coaching delivered helps local talent fulfil their full potential and in turn support club teams in County and League fixtures.
For a small County, Durham regularly punches above its weight when it comes to team golf and has teams at all levels from Under 14 to Senior, which compete Regionally in over 20 matches each season.
Durham Union runs 9 Championships and Individual Competitions for all Divisions of handicap which are only open to affiliated club members (subject to entry conditions). These start at under 14 level and progress right up to County Seniors for over 55's. Over 2000 club members compete in DCGU events each year.
There are also several opportunities for golfers to represent their club in the various team events held each season. From the Clubs Championship to the Team Handicap Competition and Mixed Foursomes, there are team events for everyone which help players gain valuable competitive experience on a variety of courses.
County Membership Scheme.
Club members who sign up to the County Membership Scheme receive an annual handbook packed full of information and the opportunity to enter several County members only competitions each year, known as the County Salvers. (See reverse for further information).
County Card Scheme.
The New County Card scheme will allow club members in Durham to explore over 1200 other courses both within the County and across England at a discounted green fee rate, as a benefit of their affiliation fee. (See
Governance & Disciplinary.
Each year the DCGU supports several clubs with Governance, Safeguarding and Disciplinary issues and has staff and volunteers qualified to do so. All matters are dealt with professionally and in confidence to ensure the integrity of both Club and County.
The County Seniors & Juniors sections, as well as the Durham Captains Society which all come under the DCGU umbrella, offer further great opportunities for club members to play and compete across the County.
So…. whether it is in supporting our member clubs or helping to develop the next Graeme Storm, The Durham County Golf Union works extremely hard on your behalf to keep the game in Durham County moving forward.
We can only do this with the support of every individual club member through their affiliation fee and the clubs who work with us to deliver as strong an offer possible to the Golfers of Durham County!
If any clubs need further copies of the below leaflet to hand out to members, they can request them from the County Secretary at email@example.com