Welcome to The Horticultural Golfing Society


HGS 2020


Can you believe it? Yet again the end of another golfing year and what a year it's been? One event………………or should I rephrase that "one HGS golfing event" BUT what a year for EVENTS? Absolute nonsense most of it but what can we do? Thankfully our Society has been around for long enough to endure all of these distractions and will be here next year with a very exciting year of golf. Our Captain Rupert Ratcliff has spent the whole year practicing and therefore he and Merv will certainly hit the ground running in 2021 as the perfect "Morecambe & Wise" duo. Seriously as sad as it's been not being able to golf and socialise in the way in which we have become accustomed, I'm sure we've all missed the friendships and golf days very much and will be raring to go ASAP next year.

The 2021 Golfing Program is now complete and is on the website page for Fixtures and/or click on the link below.


If any non-members are interested in joining the Horticultural Golf Society, please visit their website at thehorticulturalgolfingsociety.co.uk for further information on the society and its activities and, if you like what you see, contact Merv Foulds, Secretary/Treasurer, at mervfoulds@hotmail.com or call on 07989699380






A one event year



Sadly we only managed the one event this year but as always it was a good one. Celtic Manor in South Wales was excellent. We played all 3 x courses including the 2010 Ryder Cup course which albeit very difficult was a fabulous experience. The golf throughout was a challenge but the resort did their very best to look after us and we had a thoroughly good time over the 3 days. Rupert and Merv hosted the event brilliantly and our thanks go to them for doing a great job in the face of adversity. 
I'm sure I can speak for them in wishing all members and guests a Very Merry Xmas and in particular a Happy & Healthy New Year when we look forward to welcoming you all back to the golf course with our wonderful golfing society.


Contact Merv Foulds, Secretary/Treasurer, at mervfoulds@hotmail.com or call on 07989699380

HGS Program 2021
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Our objective is simple:

1. To play the finest golf courses in the UK & Europe   

2.  Have fun with like minded people in our Society


The Horticultural Golfing Society was founded in 1929.

Since then so many events have changed our lives and our golf. There have been wars, changes in how we travel and there have been immense changes in how we contact and communicate with each other, both in business and socially. In golf, our equipment, clothing and buggies to ride on are all so different to 1929. 

Today the HGS still play golf on some of the finest golf courses in the world. We enjoy good company, good food and probably tell the same jokes. We are proud of our past but embrace change and look forward to the future.

If you share our passion for Horticulture & Golf why not contact us and enquire about membership?



The Society was formed in 1929, 75% of the membership coming from the horticultural sector and allied industries and the remaining 25% are friends of those horticultural members. New members must be proposed and seconded by members and must have an official club handicap of 28 or less.There is an annual subscription, currently £30.00 for the 2018 season.The society has a tie sporting the society logo of a red rose.During the year we organize eight fixtures from April through to early November.  One day meetings when we play either 18 or 36 holes. On two occasions during the year we play an afternoon 18holes, then after dinner/bed/breakfast, a morning 18 holes. The UK locations are specially selected to provide high quality and value for money, such as Woodhall Spa, The Berkshire and Walton Heath.  There are ten impressive trophies to be won through the course of the year.  Each year the society organizes a four day ‘away trip’ for members, partners and guests once a year. These venues are far from the usual locations and often abroad, examples are: La Baule-France, Portrush-Ireland and Waterloo-Belgium.        

 If you would like more information please contact our secretary.

Merv Foulds

Tel no Home  01628625353

            Mob    07989699380

   E-Mail: mervfoulds@hotmail.com