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CDGC Junior Handbook


Welcome to Came Down Golf Club

Junior Handbook


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  • History of the Course
  •  Welcome
  •  Rules
  •  Aims
  • Code of Conduct
  • Key Personnel
  •  Useful Contacts
  • Course Etiquette
  •  Guide for Parents
  •  Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
  • Social Media
  •  Parental Consent Form


Came Down Golf Club celebrated 100 years in 1996, but was involved in Dorset’s first golf links which go back to 1885 or earlier when golf was played on what was known as Lorton Links’ situated at Broadway Farm near the railway junction of Weymouth and Abbotsbury lines.

Tom Dunn a golf professional of Bournemouth laid out the original 9 hole course of 3620 yards with a small clubhouse built behind what is now the 5th tee, by March 1887 the club had 80 members paying £1.11s (£1.55p) per year, 11s 6p (£0.58p) for ladies.

In 1904 Open Champion J H Taylor was asked to design and build an 18 hole course, and was opened for play on 15th May 1906 when Open Champions J H Taylor and James Braid played an exhibition match.

Past Captains of the club were Dr. Thomas Browne RN who introduced the word ‘Bogey’ to golf and Captain Angus Hambro who played golf for England and became Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

In 1910, 19-year-old Ernest Whitcombe became the Club Professional and when his mother took over as stewardess his two younger brothers played golf.  The family stayed for 17 years during which time all three won every major British tournament at least once, including the Open.

In 1927 Samuel Ryder, a Country member who played at Came every year whilst on holiday, gave the famous Ryder Cup to the PGA to be played for by America and Britain.  The Whitcombe brothers became regular members of the British and Irish side making 10 appearances between them and in the 1935 match all three played making golfing history.

During 1927 the course was redesigned and improved by the famous Harry Shapland Colt.  In 1932 the Prince of Wales and Prince George played at Came in a foursome.  Charles Roe, a past member of Came, became Secretary of the Professional Golfers Association from 1934 to 1961.

When little or no golf was played during the Second World War, the clubhouse was used by the bomb disposal unit and the top half of the course was used for growing potatoes and vegetables.

The 1958 British Girls’ Championship was won by Came Down member 18 year old Tessa Ross-Steen.

In 1974 the Junior Section was officially recognised by the Club and continues to this day. 




Welcome to the Junior Section of the Came Down Golf Club, we hope your membership will be a long and happy one.  To help you achieve this we have put together a few helpful notes, please read these carefully and ask your Junior Organiser, Club Professional or Club Welfare Officer if there is anything not quite clear. 

 If in doubt, please ask. 


Notes For Parents On Safety

Came Down Golf Club is bound on 3 sides by, at times, busy public roads.  We are concerned that your child is as safe as is reasonably practicable whilst playing golf.

Please advise your child to never cross either of the boundary roads on the periphery of the course.

Please ensure your child knows what time they are being collected, where they are being met, and who is collecting them.

If your child has a mobile telephone, it is a good idea to keep it with them in their golf bags as a safety precaution. However, in the interests of fellow golfers, it should be switched to silent when on the golf course and only used in an emergency.

When travelling to away matches, the junior organiser will try to arrange transport.  However, it is stressed that parents must accept responsibility for ensuring their child arrives to matches on time.



Came Down Golf Club Junior Section will:

  • Promote the game of golf in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
  • Encourage junior members to learn how to play, through active involvement with the other sections of the golf club.
  • Encourage junior members to play in inter-club matches and competitions.
  • Help junior members to achieve their full potential, by encouraging them through coaching and goal setting and by developing their self-confidence.





Please note the following regarding the Code of Conduct re safety, etiquette, behaviour and dress code.

  1. The Club is not responsible for providing adult supervision for your child except for normal junior golf coaching, matches or competitions.
  2. All juniors must report to the Club Professional before going out onto the course.
  3. All children under the age of 11 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult on the course, practice ground and in the clubhouse.
  4. All juniors unaccompanied by an adult must let the Pro’s Shop know of their intention to play or practice.  Juniors must wait in the Club House or patio area to be picked up at a pre-arranged time by the adult responsible for them.
  5. Please inform the coach prior to departure from the club if the child is to be collected early from a coaching session.
  6. Ensure that your child is properly and adequately attired in accordance with the dress code which is displayed in the clubhouse. Also please take into account the need for adequate protective clothing for adverse weather conditions.
  7. Ensure that proper footwear and protective equipment are worn at ALL times in accordance with Health and Safety Regulations.  Any child not in possession of the fundamental safety requirements and dress code approved golf attire will not be permitted on the course or into the clubhouse.  Please avoid this embarrassment by dressing appropriately as per the dress code.
  8. Encourage your child to play by the rules of golf and to respect other golfers and the course.  The etiquette of golf should be taught to your child and the club will reinforce all these values which are essential to the enjoyment of golf.
  9. Accept the official’s judgement / decisions in competitions and regarding dress code and behaviour on and off the course.
  10. Acknowledge the importance and role of the club coaches who provide their time to ensure children’s participation in the club and to respect them.
  11. Foul language, temper tantrums, walking out in the middle of a competition round when playing badly and damage to club property on the course and in the clubhouse are all unacceptable.
  12. Honesty is expected when completing scorecards as there are no referees in the golf club.  If there is any uncertainty about rules please discuss with the Club Professional or Junior Organiser. False scores and cheating are totally unacceptable and not in keeping with the spirit of golf which expects integrity, honesty and respect for others at all times.
  13. Please document any health concerns pertaining to the child on the parental consent form, in particular, breathing or chest conditions.  Any changes in the state of the child’s health should be reported to the coach prior to coaching sessions.
  14. Please complete and return the enclosed parental consent form.
  15. Parents/Guardians have the right to:
  • Know their child is safe
  • Be informed of problems or concerns relating to their children
  • Be informed if their child is injured
  • Have their consent sought for issues such as trips
  • Contribute to decisions within the club

  16. Parents, guardians and siblings of Juniors are asked to comply with the standards of behaviour, etiquette and dress code of Came Down GC even if not a member.




Club President: He is elected and may serve for more than one year.

Club Captain: Serves for one year from the AGM.

Vice-Captain: Serves for one year.  He will normally become Captain after serving as Vice-Captain.

Ladies Captain: Serves for one year from the date of the ladies AGM.    

Ladies Vice-Captain: This position is similar to that of the Vice-Captain.

Junior Captain: This position can be likened to that of School Captain. He and his vice-captain are members of the Junior Committee and represent your interests within the club.

The Junior Committee: Headed by the Junior Organiser, members of the committee are responsible for the smooth running of the junior section and organisation of junior competitions.

The Club Manager: Deals with all membership details and the smooth running of the club.  They can be seen during office hours.

The Club Professional: A qualified member of the Professional Golfers Association, a source of information and advice on rules, repairs, purchase of equipment and professional tuition.

The Junior Organiser: A member of the Captain’s Committee who is responsible for the club’s junior section.

Club Welfare Officer:  A member who has a responsibility to the club and its committees to ensure good safeguarding policies are in place and adhered to.




Club Manager             Nick Rodgers      01305 813494

Club Professional       Nick Rodgers      01305 812670

Steward                        Kevin Beardsley 01305 812531

Junior Organiser        Hugh Lawes        01305 813392

Club Welfare Officer Raj Lehal             01305 263893

Junior Captain            TBC




Around the Tee

  • Do not practice your swing on the tee.
  • Do not wheel your trolley on the tee.
  • Where in place, use the steps to walk onto the tee. Not the bankings.
  • Before driving off, make absolutely sure it is SAFE to do so.  This is particularly relevant on the 1st, 7th, 11th and 16th tees where visibility of the players in front may be reduced.
  • In a competition, especially a MEDAL, play a provisional ball if you are not sure whether the first one is lost or not.
  • Be quiet while others are teeing off and keep an eye on their ball.

On the Fairway

  • Move quickly between shots.
  • Replace all divots.
  • Always keep an eye on other balls. Do not chat and ignore others.

In the Bunker

  • Take the correct way in. Usually at the lowest point on the bank.
  • Do not climb out of the front face.
  • Always rake the sand when leaving.
  • The rake has various homes depending on the course. At Came Down we place the rake in the bunker at a point where it is least likely to course obstruction.

Around the Green

  • Park your trolley at the exit of the green. Then select the club/putter you need.
  • Do not lay your bag on the putting surface.
  • Repair any pitch marks whether they are yours or not.
  • Attend the flag if requested. If it needs to be out place it on the ground.
  • Do not congregate around the hole. It is the area of most wear on the green. This also applies to the practice putting green by the clubhouse.
  • Do not mark your card until you are well away from the green.   Another match may be waiting.
  • If you are using a trolley then follow any appropriate signs.




This guide is aimed at you as parents and includes what we hope is beneficial advice.

Today, more children than ever before are taking part in golf. Some do so just for fun, other children take the sport more seriously and spend many hours every week practicing to perfect their skills.

Whatever the level of participation, parents play an important role.  They are naturally interested and want to help out as much as possible.  Indeed, in many cases, the support and interest of one or more parent is crucial to a child’s participation.

Some parents help by taking their child to and from competitions, others by coping with irregular mealtimes etc.  Sometimes though, a parent can become over involved and inadvertently put pressure on the child to practice more than may want to, or to win at the expense of enjoying taking part in a competition.

Watching your child compete can be an emotionally draining experience.  You may, however, be taking your child's sport more seriously than he or she is.   Most parents, of course, are only trying to help, but it is important that the young golfer learns to see practice and competition not as a threat but as a healthy, enjoyable challenge.  It is very important the child knows that effort as well as success will be rewarded.  An over emphasis on winning, by one or both parents, can result in fear of failure - with your love and respect being seen by your child as contingent on winning.

It seems that much of the problem may be that parents are not sure how they can best help their child. Now gauge your involvement in their sport by reading through the questions listed below:

  • Do you want your child to win tournaments more than he or she does?
  • Do you show your disappointment if he or she plays poorly?
  • Do you feel that you have to "psyche" your child before a competition?
  • Do you feel that your child can only enjoy sport if he or she performs well?
  • Do you conduct "post-mortems" immediately after competition or practice?
  • Do you feel that you have to force your child to practice?
  • Do you frequently want to interfere, during practice or competition, thinking that you could do better?
  • Do you find yourself disliking other good competitors?

If you have answered, "yes" to any of the above you may be putting unnecessary pressure on your child. This, in turn, could very well lead to his or her eventual rejection of the sport, or even lasting damage to your parent/child relationship.  The Do's and Don'ts, which follow, will help you maximise your contribution to your child's sport whilst minimising any adverse effects.

How you can help.

Do get to know your child's golf professional - after all, he or she can play an important role in your child's general development.

Do respect the pro's opinion - he should be more knowledgeable than you - both about golf and the development of young golfers.

Do assess your child's progress - don't be afraid to ask the pro what plans or objectives he may have for your child, or to explain the reasons for any decisions you don't understand or agree with.  It is important that you find out what objectives the pro has for your child, so that you can assess progress (perhaps every few months).

Do talk to other parents - it is often a good idea to get know other parents, so that you can share problems or transport duties.

Do establish clear lines of communication - in case you need to speak with the Club Pro, Junior Organiser or Club Welfare Officer regarding practice or a competition.  Find out when it is convenient and appropriate to contact them and the best way of doing so.  Don't ever address a criticism to or of your child, the pro, or officials, in front of other parents or players.

Do encourage effort as well as results - don't assess your child's progress solely by how many competitions they may win. It is important to recognise and reward effort.

Don't respond to a bad result or mistake with punishment or criticism - give your child time to work out for himself why things went wrong. If they ask your advice, first compliment them for something they did right, then give the advice, emphasising the positive results if the instruction is followed, rather than the negative consequence of a mistake.  It is VITAL for a parent to give encouragement - even after a poor performance.

Don't turn a blind eye to any bad behaviour, cheating or bad manners by your child - in such instances, reasonable prompt action is appropriate. To do otherwise will infer that you condone such behaviour or at least do not consider personal standards and respect of people and rules important to sport.

Don’t forget that your child is still growing - training which may be appropriate for an adult e.g.: prolonged repetitive activities and work with heavy weights, can have adverse long-term effects on the growth and development of a young child.

Don't coach from the sidelines - try to encourage your child to think for himself/herself. A constant stream of instructions from you may only confuse the child, particularly if it is contrary to that of the pro.

Don't ignore aches and pains - children are often reticent to describe sports related injuries, especially if it means missing coaching, practice, training or competitions. So keep an eye on persistent grumbles about health - it is important to take injuries seriously.

Don't ignore other children in the family - sometimes brothers and sisters may feel left out or bored if the whole household revolves around the needs of the young golfer. It is important to try to keep a balance between golf and the interests of other members of your family.

Don't allow your child to be frightened of playing poorly because of the way you respond - a fear of failure can often result in children feigning injury, avoiding certain competitions or playing with unnecessary caution.

Don't force a young child to specialise entirely on golf - children should be allowed to develop their own preferences. Up to the age of 15 or 16, a concentrated diet of playing just one game, to the exclusion of all other physical activities, can well produce a declining enthusiasm for that game.

Don't always greet your child with "Did you play well" or "Did you play to your handicap" - why not start with "Did you enjoy it".

Don't attend throughout every lesson and every competition - it is important for your child's future development that he is trusted to make the correct decisions, during either practice or competitions. This is the first stage in the development of self-motivation and self-reliance. Constant supervision can easily result in the young golfer becoming over-dependent on your presence and advice.

Don't say "we won" or "we lost" - remember it is your child who is participating - you are there to support and encourage, not to compete. Excessive parental involvement can hinder the golfer's progress.

Providing the child is faced with realistic challenges, golf should be fun at whatever level it is played. With the right parental support, your child will be able to develop his potential in an enjoyable rather than a stressful environment. You will also be providing him with the opportunity to obtain a sense of achievement, competence and self-worth.

Parental example is so important. After all, if YOU cannot cope with the ups and downs of the game - how can you expect THEM to.





Came Down Golf Club has considered its responsibilities to the children participating in golf at our premises and within our club very carefully, and has produced the following Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and underpinning procedures in order to set out the standards we wish to uphold in providing activities for children and safeguarding the welfare of children in our care.

Came Down Golf Club affiliates to DCGU and England Golf, [and both our professional coaching staff are members of the Professional Golfers’ Association]. The Club recognises the policies of these Governing Bodies, as set in out at


Came Down Golf Club acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard the welfare of all children (defined as those under 18) involved in golf within the club. All children have a right to protection, and have their particular needs taken into account. Came Down Golf Club will therefore endeavour to ensure the safety and protection of all children involved with the club through the child protection guidelines adopted by the Management Committee of the club. It is the responsibility of all adults within the club to assist the Management Committee in this endeavour.


• To provide children with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of the club and also help them to enjoy their experience of the sport  • To reassure parents that their children will receive the best practicable care possible whilst participating in activities within the club • To provide support to staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues and to fulfil their role effectively  


• The welfare of children is paramount  • All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, ethnic origin and religious beliefs  have the right to protection from abuse  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to  swiftly and appropriately  • All staff and volunteers working in golf have a responsibility to report concerns to the Club Welfare  Officer  • Adults – staff, volunteers, coaches, referees and members will be supported to understand their role and  responsibility with regard to the duty of care and protection of children and young people  • Individuals will receive support through education and training to be aware of and understand best  practice and how to manage any welfare or child protection issues that may come to light .

Came Down Golf Club will work in partnership with parents to review and implement child protection and welfare procedures.  Came Down Golf Club’s policy and procedures are based on the above principles and UK and international legislation and government guidance and take the following into consideration:   The Children Act 1989 and 2004   The Data Protection Act 1994 & 1998   The Police Act 1997   The Human Rights Act 1998   The Protection of Children Act 1999   Caring for the young and vulnerable - Home Office Guidance for preventing the abuse of trust 1999   The Criminal and Court Services Act 2000   What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2005   Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010)   The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 

Any subsequent legislation relating to child protection would implicitly be incorporated into this document.


• Came Down Golf Club’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy will be available to all members, parents, staff, volunteers and participants 

• The Policy will be reviewed every three years by the Management Committee, and amended as appropriate. Guidance from golf’s governing bodies will be sought as part of the review process

• The Management Committee has responsibility for ensuring that the policy and procedures are implemented, including taking any appropriate disciplinary action necessary 

• The Club Welfare Officer has responsibility for responding to any allegations, concerns or child protection incidents, passing information to the appropriate National Governing Body Lead Child Protection Officer and informing the appropriate club staff 

• Parents have a responsibility to work together with the club in implementing procedures and providing their children with the necessary information to safeguard themselves.



The internet, mobile phones, online gaming, social networking and other interactive technologies have transformed the way we live, and offer exciting opportunities for clubs to communicate and engage with their members. But they also introduce a range of potential safeguarding risks for young people.  

Advice for children

  • Consider carefully who you invite to be your friend online and make sure they are who you actually think they are. There are websites that offer advice about protecting yourself online, such as and
  • Make sure you use privacy settings so that that only friends can view your profile.
  • Remember that anything you post on websites may be shared with people you don’t know.
  • Never post comments, photos, videos, etc., that may upset someone, that are untrue or that are hurtful. Think about whether you may regret posting the content at a later date.
  • If you are worried or upset about something that’s been posted about you, or by texts you receive from other juniors or adults involved with the club, raise this with your club welfare officer, coach or junior organiser. Do not suffer alone. You will be listened to and your concerns will be taken seriously.
  • If you want to talk to someone anonymously, call Childline on 0800 1111, or contact them on the web at You can also call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. 

Advice for parents

  • Make yourself knowledgeable about social networking platforms and how they work.
  • Go on the internet with your child and agree what sites are OK to visit. Regularly check that they are staying within the agreed limits.
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about what they have been doing on the internet. Make sure they feel able to speak to you if they ever feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
  • Encourage children to look out for each other when they're online. Explain that it's all part of staying safe and having fun together.
  • Explain to children that it's not safe to reveal personal information, such as their name, address or phone number on the internet. Encourage them to use a cool nickname rather than their own name.
  • Attachments and links in emails can contain viruses and may expose children and young people to inappropriate material. Teach children to only open attachments or click on links from people they know.

Further advice for parents of young golfers

  • If you are concerned about any texts, social networking posts or any other use of communication technology by members of the golf club, volunteers or members of staff, raise this with the club welfare officer, club manager or junior organiser. They will look into the matter and take appropriate action. Alternatively, contact your National Governing Body Lead Child Protection Officer
  • In addition to reporting concerns to the NGB, you should immediately report possible online abuse to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) or the police. Law enforcement agencies and the internet service provider may need to take urgent steps to locate a child and/or remove the content from the internet. Where a young person may be in immediate danger, dial 999.
  • Do not post/send negative or critical comments or messages about other children in the club, staff or volunteers. If you have concerns about a person, these should be raised using appropriate channels within the club and not using social media.




Please complete and return to the General Manager


Contact Details

Name of Junior:





Telephone number:

Date of Birth:

Name of Parent or Guardian:

Telephone numbers:




Emergency Contact:

Relationship to child:

Telephone numbers:




Medical Information

Child’s Doctor’s Name:

Doctor’s Surgery Address:


Telephone Number:

Does your child experience any conditions requiring medical treatment and /or medication? (If yes please give details)


Does your child have any allergies? (If yes please give details)


Does your child have any specific dietary requirements? (If yes please give details)


The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person ‘as anyone with a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities’.

Do you consider your child to have a disability? (If yes, please state the nature of the disability)


Does your child have any communication needs e.g. non-English speaker, sign language user, dyslexia? If yes please tell us what we need to do to enable him/her to communicate with us fully?



  • I confirm that to the best of my knowledge that my child does not suffer from any medical condition other than those detailed above.
  • I agree to notify the Club of any changes.
  • I ……………………………………, being parent/guardian of the above named child, hereby give permission for the club responsible person to give the immediate necessary authority on my behalf for any medical or surgical treatment recommended by competent medical authorities, where it would be contrary to my child’s interest, in the doctor’s medical opinion, for any delay to be incurred by seeking my personal consent.
  • I acknowledge that the club is not responsible for providing adult supervision for my child except for formal junior golf coaching, matches or competitions.
  • I agree / disagree to my child being transported by club representatives (in accordance with the club’s transport guidelines) to and from venues when he/she is representing the golf club.
  • I agree / disagree to my child’s image being used in photographic / recorded imagery to promote and celebrate the activities of the golf club (in accordance with the club’s image and photography guidelines).

In the event of any changes to the above information, please notify the golf club immediately.


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