Golf's Governing organisations
Manchester & District Golf Alliance
The Manchester and District Golf Alliance was formed in 1924 and is reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Country. In the current year there are 111 affiliated clubs. The primary purpose of the Alliance is to promote friendship through golf. Members of all affiliated clubs are very welcome at all Alliance events.
The Council Of National Golf Unions Limited(CONGU)
CONGU handicaps are ONLY allocated to players who are members of clubs or organisations affiliated to a National Union/Association or CONGU® and authorised by CONGU to utilise the Unified Handicapping System (UHS). Such clubs/organisations are obligated to administer the UHS in a tightly controlled and uniform way thus ensuring that the members' golf handicaps are maintained with consistency and uniformity.
The Professional Golfer Association
The PGA is a members' organisation for golf professionals. It has been at the heart of the game since 1901, when professionals of the day, led by the Great Triumvirate of JH Taylor, Harry Vardon and James Braid, formed an organisation to protect the professionals' interests and promote the game of 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 one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.
The R & A
Formed in 2004 and based in St Andrews, The R&A seeks to engage in and support activities that are undertaken for the benefit of the game of golf and, despite deriving its name from the members' club, is separate and distinct from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Golf's Leading Retail Outlets
Based in South-West London, Golfbidder began life in 1997 as Mashie Niblicks, a shop which specialised in buying and selling used golf clubs. The success of 'Mashie' encouraged them to broaden the concept to the internet - and the result is Golfbidder. They are now one of the busiest online golf retailers in Europe.
Formed in 1980, County Golf has served 1,000's of golfers supplying them with all they need to look and feel confident and comfortable on the golf course. They sell golf clothes at low prices, backed by a great service and a website that's easy to use! County Golf delivers all this along with a wide choice of all branded golfing clothes.
American Golf is Europe's largest golf retailer. They have 91 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and are still growing! You can visit one of their stores or order on-line. They offer a Price Match promise, and many exclusive deals.
Formed in August 1999, Onlinegolf has since become the largest Internet only Golf Shop in Europe. Their aim is to offer the most competitive prices possible and put the customer first in everything they do, as well as offering a wide range of golf clubs and golf equipment in their online store.
Specialist golf suppliers
Golf Care Insurance
Since inception in 2003, Golf Care has become the largest specialist golf insurer in the UK. This is due to its very competitive pricing within a marketplace where certain other companies charge customers vastly inflated premiums. Being part of The JRW Group of companies, which is by far the largest provider of specialist golf insurance in the UK, allows Golf Care to provide its customers with the lowest premiums possible
Aford Awards have an extensive range of Golf Trophies . Male and female Golf Figures, Nearest the pin Trophies, Longest Drive Trophies and Complete Golf Trophy packages are all available. For the more Prestigious Golf events and annual Golf Awards they have a selection of Nickel Cups and Claret Jugs. Their selection also includes Booby Prizes to raise a smile and "Hole in One" trophies to remember that magic shot.
Powerhouse Golf supply a large selection of single seat golf buggies and power assisted electric golf trolleys to the UK and Europe. Electric powered Golf carts and golf trolleys are their core business. Their single seat golf buggies and golf trolleys are available to view at their showroom. All their golf carts and electric golf trolleys easily fit in to boot of a standard hatchback car. All their single seater & double seater golf carts, are backed up by their huge range of spares to deal with any after sales issues, for their own range and many other golf trolleys and golf buggy
are the leading marketing team who provide golf course flyovers at no cost to your club. Over the past 12 months, the quality of their work has attracted great interest with a feature in the Daily Telegraph along with a successful appearence at the Manchester Golf Show. They recently caught the attention of the 'voice of golf' Peter Alliss, who now works with them to provide the voice-over for their videos.
Allinclusivegolf.com are passionate about two things; great quality all inclusive hotels and golf! They have created a website dedicated to helping you to find the best possible deal on a golf holiday with all inclusive accommodation in destinations such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Dubai, Mexico, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. All inclusive golf holidays are great for everyone, but they are particularly great for groups on golfing breaks, arguments about whose round it is will be a thing of the past and budgeting, you'll know exactly what you will spend before you set off.