At The AGM each year applications are invited to fill positions on the Club Board - formerly The Club Committee.

Following the changes to the Rules on Club Governance made at the E.G.M on 13 February 2020, nominations are invited for the Management Board. Board members will accept the following outline briefs and liaise with and direct the General Manager in the overall management of the Club.

Applications are detailed below as they are received with a view to allowing Members to make an informed decision prior to voting at The AGM.

 The President and Treasurer will also be on the Management Board as ex-officio members elected in accordance with Rules 8 & 9 as previously.

Any nomination and/or propositions are required to be submitted in writing to the General Manager by 5 pm on Thursday 25th March.

All nominations are required to be signed by two Full Members and, by way of acceptance, the nominee. The nominee shall provide a short-written (maximum 100 words) resume / CV that reflects the brief they are nominated for; or have sufficient interest and a willingness to learn. This is to be provided with the Notice of AGM to members. Nomination forms are available from the General Manager’s office.

Any proposition, in the form of a recommendation to the Committee, shall be signed by the proposer and seconder.


The Club Chairman

The essential duty of the Chairman is to preside at Board Meetings and ensure that they are conducted in an organized and informed fashion and to lead the Board Members to a consensus view. The Chairman is also the Line Manager for the Club General Manager who has the day-to-day responsibility for the effective running of the Club.

The Chairman should be able to demonstrate skills in facilitation, strategic planning and team development. Experience at the senior management/director level would be an asset in this critical leadership role in consolidating the Club’s future.

Applications received:

Christopher Brown.
Proposed: Richard Hughes. Seconded: Shaun Loze

chris brownCV: A committee member since 2017, Men's Match Manager from 2016-2020, currently Club Welfare Officer, and Junior Development Officer.

I have a degree in Sports Development, working professionally within sports governing bodies for 15 years, currently holding the role of South West Delivery Manager for British Cycling. 

Extensive experience of governance and strategic planning for sports clubs, facility developments, and managing regional teams. I stay up to date with sports policy and have successfully written hundreds of funding applications.

I am a scratch handicap, former member of the Devon team. I am a Western League winner with Bideford AFC, former GBR table tennis international, and qualified PT and Strength and Conditioning coach, whose clients include both professional and amateur golfers


Director of House

To oversee the projected programme of improvement and maintenance of the Clubhouse within the strategic parameters set by the Board. To ensure a quality experience for members and guests consistent with the Club’s history and prominent position in the golfing world. To ensure that the bar, catering and other Club services perform to a consistently high standard.

Applications received:


Director of Marketing and Social Media

Requires sound knowledge of the golf market and most forms of social and media communications. To continue to develop a marketing strategy and ensure that the website and other marketing and communication media are continually updated and explored.

Applications received:

Richard Hughes
Proposed: Chris Brown Seconded: Shaun Loze

Richard Hughes MugshotCV: I have been responsible for the Club website and its contents for most of the last 16 years and a committee member for 10 total years. I like to get things done and not put things off until tomorrow!

I setup all of our Social Media accounts during that time and I do my best to keep the membership informed whilst trying to attract new members and guests.

Statistics show a huge increase in guest golfers in recent years and my plan if elected is to keep working hard on this while always being a positive voice towards the future progress of the Club.

Director of Estate

To liaise and work closely with the Head Greenkeeper in maintaining and developing the golf course and all land outside of the Clubhouse. To continually update the Course Policy Document and ensure implementation following approval from the Board. To consider the annual work programme and associated budgets and present to the Board for approval. To take forward and resolve any issues referred by the Board or Members.

Applications received:


Director of Human Resources

Liaising with the General Manager on all staffing and associated legal issues. Should also have oversight on Club’s H&S Policy. Ensure that staff are appropriately trained and that there are sufficient trained first aiders on-site at all times. Ensure that all the Club’s certifications and staff training certification are up-to-date. Conduct staff appraisals in conjunction with the General Manager.

Applications received:



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Corona Virus Information

Due to Government directives, we are CLOSED

There is no Golf allowed on the courses or practice anywhere on Club land

If you have a current booking and require a refund please call the office on 01237 473817

Bar & Catering

Closed other than for Sunday Lunch Takeaway

Takeaway roasts on Sunday, pre-orders only.
Order up to 48hrs before (at the latest) by ringing:

01237 473817 option 3

This week the takeaway options are as follows:

Menu for Sunday 7th March:

Roast Beef £10.00
Roast Pork £10.00
Roast Lamb £12.50
Turkey, Ham & Leek Pie £10.00
Jam Roly Poly & Custard £3.00
Nutella (Chocolate & Hazelnut) Cheesecake £3.00

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(updated Nov 2020)

  1. Rules of Golf
    All RND Golf events shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the R&A Rules Ltd (R&A) and USGA Rules of Golf.

In the case of entry by a golfer with a disability, they can apply to RNDGC for adoption of the Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities.

  1. Amateur Status
    All players must be of Amateur Status as defined by The Rules of Amateur Status.
  2. Entry: Method and Fees

​All entries must be completed and received by RNDGC office by closing time on the date entries close. They must be accompanied by payment. Entries without payment will not be accepted. No entry will be included in competition unless complete in every detail.

All events will have a minimum number of entries policy. If the minimum number of competitors does not reach the number required, then RNDGC reserve the right to amend the competition if required and in some cases cancel the competition.

Entries received after the competition closing date will only be considered if the maximum field size has not been achieved.

a) Entries should be made online at the club website ( To enter online, a competitor must possess a CDH (Central Database of Handicaps) ID number. Payment will be taken when the online entry is submitted. Unsuccessful entrants will be refunded to the same card after the closing date.

b) If Online Entry is not possible, a PDF entry form may be requested from the RNDGC

c) Entries by telephone are not accepted unless authorized by the Competitions Director/committee.

d) No entry fee will be refunded unless notice of withdrawal is communicated to the office no less than 72 hours before the day of the competition, except to any entrant who may be balloted out and who does not subsequently compete.

e) All entries shall be subject to the approval of the Competitions Committee, which reserves the right to accept, refuse, or cancel an entry without giving reason for its decision. The Committee’s decision shall be final. In such cases, any entry fee will be refunded.


  1. Entry: Handicaps

    a) All players who hold a CONGU handicap and wish to enter any RNDGC event must be in possession of a handicap not exceeding the maximum handicap permitted as stated in the individual competition’s conditions and rules. To enter online, players must possess a CDH ID number as stated above.

    b) When entering any event by any of the methods in, a player’s exact handicap index must be recorded on the entry form.

Note: It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that their exact handicap on the CDH is up to date.  RNDGC shall take no responsibility for any out of date handicap used for balloting purposes. 

 6. Withdrawals
a) A player will forfeit their entry fee if they withdraw less than 72 hours before the day of competition.

b) Any player who:

i. Withdraws from an event after the draw has been published
ii. Fails to register prior to play
iii. Fails to appear on the tee at their appointed start time

  1. Reserves

    a) In individual stroke play Championships, a reserve list will be maintained and managed by the RND Should a place or places in the draw become available, reserves will be invited to play in the order they are listed on the reserve list.

    b) In order to ensure a full field for an event and at the sole discretion of the Competition Committee, a reserve or reserves may be offered a place depending on whether they can be contacted, i.e. irrespective of their place on the reserve list.

    c) At all events, in the event of a late withdrawal of a player in the draw, a reserve who has entered the event and is present at the venue on the first day of the competition may be offered the vacated start place. Should there be more than one reserve in attendance, such reserves will be invited to play in the order they are listed on the reserve list. 

    d) At the discretion of registration officials at the venue, and depending on a practice round space being available, a reserve who is present at the venue may play a practice round. They may also use practice facilities at the venue.

    a) Each player must be a member of an affiliated golf club.

    8. Disability 

    The modified rules of golf for players with disabilities apply if they fall under one of the following four categories of disability*. 
  • i)   Players who are blind,
  • ii)  Players who are amputees,
  • iii) Players who use assistive mobility devices, and
  • iv) Players with intellectual disabilities.

These authorized modifications adapt the Rules of Golf for these categories of disability.

*Many players have physical limitations that may result in some degree of disability and that may affect their ability to play the game. Examples include players who are partially sighted and players who have difficulty gripping a club because of severe arthritis. The above Modified Rules do not specifically apply to such players.

  1. Prohibited Substances 
    Any player who is found guilty of possessing, administering or using any substance or method on the WADA (World Anti- Doping Agency) Prohibited List, will be subjected to Disciplinary Procedures in line with EG Anti-Doping Policy. The full list of prohibited drugs is available from UK Sport (

  2. Entrants Under 18 Years of Age 
    If an entrant is under 18 years of age on the first day of a tournament and no completed Parental Consent Form (PCF) has been provided to the General Manager beforehand, they will not be eligible to compete. The PCF must be submitted before the day of competition.   

  3. Caddies 

There are no restrictions on the use of caddies.

  1. Returning Score Card

A player’s score card is deemed officially returned when they have left the recorder’s office or entered the score into the P.S.I or the card has been returned into the cards return box.

Note:  Players must promptly return their score cards.

  1. Result of a Match and when Competition Closed
    a) Match play: The result of a match is deemed officially announced when it has been recorded on the website
    b) Stroke play: The results of the competition are deemed officially announced and the competition is closed when the Competition is closed on the website

  2. Decision of Ties
    Resultant ties in competitions will be determined by the individual specific rules and conditions as described in the events rules. In general Ties shall be decided either on the last 18, 9, 6, 3 or 1 holes, or by sudden-death play-off, or as the Competitions Committee may otherwise decide. 

  3. Bad Weather

If, in the opinion of RNDGC it becomes impossible to complete a Competition in accordance with that Event’s Terms because of adverse weather or other circumstances, RNDGC may vary the Terms to the extent necessary to achieve a result within the time available. 

  1. Trophies & Prizes

All Trophies are the property of RNDGC. The winners of these trophies shall where possible be presented at the very next prize giving.  No trophy can leave the premises of the Royal North Devon Golf Club

  1. Transportation/Buggies

Players must not ride on any form of transportation without first providing the competition organiser with a medical certificate.

  1. Liability

Royal North Devon Golf Club cannot be held responsible for the loss of or damage to, equipment or personal possessions.

When playing over the road on the 3rd and 17th holes, it is the players duty to make sure they do so in a safe manner.

The player must always also give way to all walkers.

  1. Photography Consent

By entering a  RNDGC event all players are consenting to being filmed or recorded (images an sound) by or on behalf of  RNDGC, or another authorised third party, and consent to these images (or likenesses) being used in any film, recording, photograph or other footage (“recording”) in the promotion of  RNDGC activities.  Players acknowledge that no payment or compensation for use of their image or likeness shall be payable to them.

If you object to any photography being taken of yourself, please contact RNDGC at and notify us of this.

  1. Dogs

They are permitted to be taken onto the course during a competition round, but all playing partners must be consulted and give their approval.  Permission must be sort 24 hours in advance from your playing partners. The dog must be permanently be kept on a lead.

Under no circumstances are dogs permitted to find their owners’ ball or there playing partners’ balls. Penalty for breath of this rule is disqualification.



1.1     Royal North Devon Golf Club is committed to the principles of  equality and diversity throughout its workforce, throughout its membership base and customers.

1.2     Royal North Devon Golf Club considers that everyone should play their part in making golf inclusive and aims to ensure that all people, irrespective of their background, ability or Protected Characteristics, have a genuine and equal opportunity to work at the club, become a member or participate in club life.

1.3     Royal North Golf Club will embed these values within all areas of its work.

1.4     Royal North Golf Club will not disadvantage any individual, whether they are participants, contractors, players, parents, coaches, officials, and volunteers by imposing any conditions or requirements which cannot be justified in the provision of its services.

1.5     Royal North Golf Club is also committed to supporting the rights and interests of those who it employs. Details of its commitment to equality matters relating to its staff are set out in the [set out relevant staff documents].

1.6     This policy will be reviewed at least every 3 years by the [Board/Governing Committee/Management/describe as appropriate], any amendments shall be effective from the date stated.


2.1     The purpose of this Policy is to:

2.1.1   Outline the obligations of those upon whom this   Policy is binding;

2.1.2   Promote fairness, equality, diversity and respect for everyone working, volunteering, or participating in the sport of golf, or otherwise using the services at Royal North Devon Golf Club.


3.1       Royal North Devon Golf Club is committed to complying with all relevant legislation enacted or amended from time to time which underpins the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusivity, including but not limited to:

  • The Equality Act 2010;
  • The Protection from Harassment Act 1997;
  • The Employment Act 2002;
  • The Part Time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000;
  • The Fixed Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 20002; and
  • The Human Rights Act 1998.
  1. SCOPE

This Policy shall apply to, and be binding upon [  ] Golf Club, its [board of directors/governing committee/as appropriate], staff, volunteers, contractors, squad players, agents, and representatives working or acting for or on behalf of [  ] Golf Club.


5.1     Royal North Devon Golf Club will:

5.1.2   Encourage the involvement of all people regardless of background, ability, or any Protected Characteristic, in golf;

5.1.3   Ensure that all competitions, events and activities administered by Royal North  Golf Club are carried out in a fair and equitable way (except where specific situations and conditions prevent this, and except where Positive Action is necessary);

5.1.4   Monitor and review all Royal North Devon Golf Club policies and procedures to ensure that they comply with the requirements of this Policy.

5.1.5   Monitor the diversity of its members, participants, players and volunteers in order to better understand the diversity that currently exists within Royal North Devon Golf Club. All such monitoring of personal data shall be undertaken in compliance with England Golf’s Data Protection Policy and the Data Protection Act 2018.

5.1.6   Provide appropriate training and support to all staff, contractors, officials and volunteers to raise awareness of both the collective and individual responsibilities imposed by this Policy and the Key Concepts outlined in Paragraph 6 of this Policy.

5.1.7   Publish this Policy on its website.


6.1     Direct and indirect discrimination is outlined in Appendix One;

6.2     Harassment is outlined in Appendix Two;

6.3     Victimisation is outlined in Appendix Three;


7.1     Royal North Devon Golf Club takes seriously all claims of inappropriate behaviour, bullying, harassment, victimisation and/or discrimination, whether direct or indirect, by a contractor, player, parent, coach, official or volunteer who works for, on behalf of, or represents Royal North Devon Golf Club .

7.2     Alleged breaches of this Policy shall be dealt with using the Club’s complaints, disciplinary or staff grievance procedure as appropriate.




The Equality Act 2010 and Discrimination

Every individual and organisation to whom this Policy applies must not act in a way which is directly or indirectly discriminatory and must make reasonable adjustments to avoid discriminating against anyone with a Protected Characteristic. Failure to do so will be considered a breach of this Policy, and may be a breach of the Equality Act 2010,

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate directly or indirectly against individuals or groups with certain “Protected Characteristics”. The “Protected Characteristics” are listed in section 4 of the Act:

  • Age;
  • Disability;
  • Gender Reassignment;
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership;
  • Pregnancy and Maternity;
  • Race;
  • Religion or Belief;
  • Sex;
  • Sexual Orientation.

Direct Discrimination

Direct Discrimination is defined at section 13(1) of the Equality Act 2010: “A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if, because of a protected characteristic, A treats B less favourably than A treats or would treat others.

For example, if an action or decision is taken by a club which treats females less favourably than males, this would be considered direct discrimination on the grounds of sex, which is a protected characteristic.

Indirect Discrimination

Indirect Discrimination is defined at section 19(1) of the Equality Act 2010: “A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if A applies to B a provision, criterion or practice which is discriminatory in relation to a relevant protected characteristic of B's.

Indirect discrimination occurs where less favourable treatment is not necessarily the main effect or objective of an action or decision.

Since the nature of indirect discrimination is that the discriminatory effect an unexpected or unforeseen effect of a good faith decision, complaints of indirect discrimination should therefore be considered carefully and objectively, and not dismissed out of hand purely because the effect was not an expected or intentional one.

If, for example, a golf club introduces a rule that club competitions can only be played on Saturdays, this rule would prevent members with certain religious beliefs from taking part in the competition. Although it may not have been the intention of the golf club, the effect of the rule is the less favourable treatment of members on the grounds of religion or belief, which is a protected characteristic. This is indirect discrimination.

Actions and Intentions

An action or decision will still be considered discriminatory even if the less favourable treatment is unintentional. It may not always be obvious to the perpetrator that their actions are discriminatory. Indirect discrimination is often unintentional, but it is not a defence to an allegation of discrimination to say that the perpetrator did not mean to discriminate against a person or group.  Discrimination can arise out of actions and decisions, but can also arise out of omissions and failure to take actions or decisions.

Reasonable Adjustments

Everybody to whom this Policy applies is under a duty to make reasonable adjustments to avoid discriminating against any individual or group with a Protected Characteristic.

The duty is to make reasonable adjustments. It is not unreasonable for adjustments to cost time, money, or other resources. However, an adjustment may not be reasonable if the cost is disproportionately high, or making the adjustment would be unfeasible.

Positive Action

It can be lawful to make decisions that discriminate on the basis of a Protected Characteristic in very limited and exceptional circumstances, if the discrimination is a ‘Positive Action’ taken in order to address an underrepresented group or Protected Characteristic. Positive Actions must be reasonable, justifiable, and clearly linked to a legitimate aim.


In a golfing context, some examples of unlawful discrimination might include:

  • Not allowing the use of golf buggies, as this increases the cost of maintaining the course;
  • Restricting the number of  tee times available to women during peak hours at a golf course;
  • Not allowing competitions to be played on alternate days to accommodate for certain religious beliefs.




Harassment is defined in section 26(1) of the Equality Act 2010. Harassment occurs where a person engages in unwanted conduct related to a Protected Characteristic (outlined in the Equality Act 2010), which has the purpose of either:

  • Violating the other person’s dignity; or
  • Creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the other person.

In determining whether conduct amounts to harassment, regard is had to:

  • The perception of the victim;
  • Whether it is reasonable for the conduct to have the perceived effect; and
  • The Wider circumstances of the matter.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment occurs where a person engages in unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, and the conduct has the purpose or effects outlined above.

One Off Incidents

A single, isolated, or one-off incident can still amount to harassment. The key consideration is the purpose or effect of the conduct.

Protection from Harassment Act 1997

Harassment can still occur even if it not based on a Protected Characteristic. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 made it a civil, and sometimes a criminal, offence to carry out a course of conduct that amounts to harassment.


In a golfing context, some examples of unlawful harassment might include:

  • Employees making unwanted or inappropriate contact with colleagues at a golf club or facility;
  • Targeting disabled golfers using buggies and demanding to see proof of a disability;
  • Disproportionate and public criticism or sanctioning of an individual’s behaviour by an organisation for irrelevant or personal reasons.



Victimisation is defined in section 27(1) of the Equality Act 2010.

Victimisation occurs where a person suffers a detriment because they do a protected act, or are believed to have done a protected act.

Protected Act

A protected act includes bringing legal proceedings or making a complaint under the Equality Act 2010 in relation to discrimination, harassment, bullying, or any other issue related to equality, diversity or Protected Characteristics.



A detriment can be any less favourable treatment, including direct acts such as suspensions, fines, sanctions, and verbal and physical aggression.

It is not necessary to show that somebody is being treated less favourably than somebody else who did not do a protected act, only that they have been subject to a detriment because of a protected act.


In a golfing context, some examples of unlawful victimisation include:

  • Initiating disciplinary proceedings against a person as a result of making a protected act;
  • Ignoring a person’s valid input into the management of a club or county after that person has made a protected act;

De-selecting a player from a squad or team as a result of that person doing a protected act.


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Corona Virus Warnings

The Club, Practice area, and Courses are closed in line with Government Guidelines.

We will reopen on 29th March - No more Visitors booking until the 1st May (Members Guests are allowed)

The restaurant is CLOSED, however, we are still doing takeaway roasts on Sundays (collection only).
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