Stowaways Golf Society

About Us


The Stowaways started in 2008 with a small group of Senior Golfers from Stowmarket Golf Club occasionally playing at other courses. Over the next four years the numbers grew and the list was closed to new members in 2012. There is a waiting list which ensures that as members leave our numbers remain the same.

We have seven or eight fixtures each year and annually carry out a survey to decide on the venues for the next 12 months. Since 2012 members have travelled to France, Belgium and Ireland - details of their exploits can be seen on the Stayaways page.

Rules are kept to a minimum but the the number of members has been restricted to 65 and there is a maximum handicap of 24 on entry to the group. However, once you have joined the group you cannot be expelled if your handicap goes above 24. It is expected that every member will play ay least once each year otherwise, unless there are exceptional circumstances, they will lose their membership.

Fixtures

Date Venue Tee Time Cost Details
Mon 18th March Aldeburgh GC 10:30 AM £40 Golf in 2 balls followed by soup and sandwiches. Winter Warmer.
Tue 30th Apr Bawburgh GC 10:30 AM £40 Coffee and Bacon Bap from 9.30 with Hunters Chicken to follow golf. Contribution to prize fund included in cost.
Fri 17th May Halesworth GC 10:28 AM £45 Coffee and Bacon Bap from 9.30 with Steak Pie to follow golf. Contribution to prize fund included in cost.
Mon 22nd Jul Eaton GC 10:44 AM £45 Coffee & Bacon Bap from 9.30 with Ham Egg & Chips to follow the golf. Contribution to prize fund included in cost.
Thu 8th Aug Southwold 10:30 AM £40 Coffee & Bacon Bap from 9.30 with Fish & Chips to follow the golf. Contribution to prize fund included in cost.
Thur 19th Sep Swaffham 10:30 AM £40 Coffee & BaconBap from 9.30 with Carvery to follow the golf. Contribution to prize fund included in cost.
Mon 21st Oct John O'Gaunt 10:30 AM £50 Golf followed by Scampi Chips and Salad. Contribution to prize fund included in cost. Coffee and bacon rolls available to purchase on arrival.
Dec Seckford GC TBA TBA Coffee & Bacon Roll from 9.15 with 2 course Xmas Lunch to follow. 7 chances for Nearest Pin and everyone wins a prize.

2019 Results

Southwold

1st Bill McKinley 38 pts on CB
2nd Stuart Law 38 pts on CB
3rd Rip Kirby 38 pts on CB
4th David Barnes 35 pts on CB
  5th Brian Delve 34 pts on CB
Front 9 Paul Davis 19 pts on CB
Back 9 Roger Arbin 21 pts
Nearest Pin Jim Deasy


On a good day for golf, with Southwold providing an onshore wind to keep the temperature reasonable, 23 players had an enjoyable day. The gorse did manage to swallow up a few balls but otherwise the course was in good condition. Since our last visit there have been a few changes both to the clubhouse and the course, which now has much improved signage and a few tees that have been made bigger.

Three players battled for first place, scoring 38 points, but on count back based on the last 9 holes Bill McKinley claimed the top spot leaving Stuart Law and Rip Kirby in 2nd and 3rd position. Once again Jim Deasy claimed the prize for nearest the pin, repeating his win at Eaton last month.

The fish and chip lunch after play was excellent, as is expected at Southwold, and set up everyone for the trip home trying to avoid diversions, which had caused many people problems getting there in the morning.

Eaton GC

1st Barry Lloyd 35 pts
2nd Lawrie Reekie 34 pts
3rd Alan Crouch 33 pts on CB
4th David Daniels 33 pts on CB
  5th Mike Heywood 32 pts on CB
Front 9 Gordon Skinner 17 pts on CB
Back 9 Stuart Law 17 pts on CB
Nearest Pin Jim Deasy


On a very warm day 28 members participated at Eaton, which remains a popular venue. The heat may have played a part in the scores with no one playing better than their handicap and some having a very disappointing round of golf.

With the temperature in the high twenties by the time we finished, some coped better than others with the winner, Barry Lloyd, getting 22 points on the back 9 giving him a total of 35 points. Lawrie Reekie was a point behind in second place whilst Alan Crouch and David Daniels came in 3rd and 4th with 33 points.

As usual the hospitality and food at Eaton was excellent and the jugs of cold water made available at the halfway stage were very much appreciated as were the cold showers afterwards!



Halesworth GC

1st Ron Gilchrist 36 pts
2nd Bill Morrison 34 pts
3rd Norman Gibbs 33 pts
Front 9 Gordon Skinner 19 pts
Back 9 Michael Farrow 16 pts
Nearest Pin Mark Swallow


In spite of it being a dull day with light rain showers, the 21 members who played at Halesworth had an enjoyable day.

The greens were very good and would have been quicker if they had not been so damp. The course maintenance was immaculate and the thick rough did not come into play, unless you were very wayward, and there was a wide area each side of the fairways of managed rough which reduced the time searching for lost balls.

A new feature this year was the enlargement of the water penalty are to the left of the 18th fairway which is now a lake with a fountain! This made the approach to the green much more difficult and quite a few balls were swallowed up.

There were a lot of scores in the mid-twenties and the front nine seemed easier for most people than the back nine holes.

The meal was an excellent Steak Pie to round off the day.

Bawburgh

1st Mike Helliwell 37 pts on CB
2nd Andy Lillistone 37 pts on CB
3rd Michael Farrow 34 pts
4th Stuart Law 33 pts
Front 9 Brian Lummis 19 pts
Back 9 Barry Dove 19 pts
Nearest Pin Roy Rogers


The weather was cool when we started out but gradually warmed up during the day. This was not a course for hot weather as there were quite a few undulations, the killer being a steep climb to the tee on the 17th and after you had driven off another climb up the hill on the other side of the valley!

For most people this was their first visit to Bawburgh and the majority view was that it was a course that they would like to play again. With a number of blind drives it would certainly pay to have some prior knowledge of the course and the eventual winner, Mike Helliwell, was one who had been round a few years ago, but said he couldn't recollect any of the holes! The overall scoring reflected the lack of knowledge with only 8 of the 27 players recording a score of over 30. A special mention should go to Andy Lillistone, who lost on countback having scored 23 points on the front nine which included 5 pars - not bad for someone with a handicap of 18!

The catering was excellent and the Hunters Chicken and Chips was large enough to defeat a few people.

Swaffham GC

John O'Gaunt GC

Seckford GC

Stayaways


There was insufficient support for a trip to France this year but the Irish group went to the county of Wicklow staying at Woodenbridge for 2 nights and playing the course adjacent to the hotel as well as rounds at Wicklow and Arklow. It was the first time that the weather had not been kind and the round at Wicklow was played in high winds and driving rain which made scoring difficult and just about impossible for some. However the craic was good and we had another first as there was traditional music in the hotel!

To make up a group for France a minimum of 8 people was required and with only one person from the original group able to commit themselves this year, it means that quite a few extra bodies were needed.

Our previous exploits abroad have been:
O
2012

France - St Omer, Belle Dune, Wimereux
O
2013

Belgium - Chateaux de la Tournette American, Bercuit, Royal Waterloo
O
2014

Belgium - Chateauu de la Tournette English, Golf Club D'Hulencourt, Royal Waterloo
O
2015

France - St Omer, Nampont Les Cygnes, Hardelot Dunes
Ireland - Portmarnock, Howth, Portmarnock Links
O
2016

France - Le Touquet Foret, Hardelot Dunes and Pins
Ireland - County Louth, Headfort New, Seapoint
O
2017

France - St Omer, Hardelot Dunes and Pins
Ireland - Knightsbrook, Laytown and Bettystown, Killeen Castle
O
2018

France - Hardelot Dunes and Pins, Wimereux
Ireland - Old Tom Morris and Sandy Hills, Rosapenna and Portsalon

Annual Survey

The latest survey was carried out in January 2019 to get member's views on courses to play, and there was a record 51 responses.

From the clubs that we visited in 2018, Swaffham was again the most popular for a return visit with Eaton not far behind. Also well favoured were John O'Gaunt, Flempton and Halesworth.

Of the courses that we have visited in the past, Southwold was the one members would most like to play again. From a list of other clubs that we had not played before, Bawburgh got nearly 50% of the vote with Diss in second place.

Over 20 other courses were suggested as ones we could consider for the future, which gives a lot of scope if sufficient support is there from other members for those venues.

These views have been taken into account when arranging the fixtures for this year.