Our membership includes Full members, with unrestricted playing rights, 7 Day restricted members (who do not play on Saturday or Sunday mornings) and 5 Day members (who do not play at weekends). In addition to the above we also have an Intermediates category. Intermediates are those golfers aged 18 - 30 years old, and this category was established to encourage this age group into golf, and to remain in golf as their outside commitments grow. Intermediates enjoy a significant discount to their membership fees, but with no restrictions on their playing rights.
We have outlined the main sections below, but golf is not restricted to any particular formats, with plenty of opportunities for different sections to play together, in particular with regular mixed competitions on Bank Holiday Mondays, a mixed invitation, mixed matches and club knock-outs.
This section includes Full, restricted and Intermediate male members. The Clubs' Bye-Laws restrict the number of Full Gentlemen to 320, and including restricted and intermediate members the limit is 465, which is significantly lower than many other clubs in the area.
For the competitive golfer we organise a full golfing calendar with competitions being held throughout the year. These include stroke play, match play and stableford competitions. Regular Saturday competitions are held on the first Saturday of every month and the mid-week monthly competitions are held on a Wednesday, with numerous additional stroke-play competitions. There is a summer and winter matchplay schedule in singles, fourball and foursome formats. The Club also arrange a variety of matches against other local clubs in the area, both competitive and friendly.
There are also a number of popular dinner matches throughout the year, including Scots vs Sassenachs and the President's side vs The Rest, always enjoyable occasions.
In order to assist new members to integrate into the club and be guaranteed a game, and for the pleasure of our existing membership "roll-ups" and "swindles" are held on a daily basis. The office has details of these.
The Ladies' section is vibrant with near to 100 members. The Ladies play their competitions on Tuesday morning, usually followed by lunch, with some Ladies playing their competitions on the weekends. Various matches are played against other clubs to cater for different handicap levels with the Pearson and Hicks league knockouts being particular hard fought events. The Ladies Open and Ladies invitation are always enjoyable occasions. A recent innovation has been the introduction of a Ladies Academy to aid and encourage Ladies to take up golf and eventually become members of the club.
The Seniors Section is open to members over 60 years of age that are either semi or fully retired. It is in excess of a 100 strong and meets every first Wednesday morning in the month for a competition followed by a hearty lunch. Matches against other local clubs take place regularly and the camaraderie and friendliness of our veterans is a feature of the club.
Juniors are very much welcome at Purley Downs. We have established a thriving and successful Junior Section. Our Juniors who age from 10 years to 18 years are the seed corn of the future and the Junior Organisers give them all the encouragement and direction which young people require. Free coaching is available as part of membership. Juniors play in the Keppler and Kingston Leagues and also the Fairways and Christies Cup knockout competitions. Our Junior Open is now a premier Junior event and is part of the Daily Telegraph Series and Surrey Order of Merit.
Social members have full use of the clubhouse facilities that include: dining, bridge and snooker. They can also attend all social functions. Why not join as a social member and come along and enjoy a relaxing drink on the terrace overlooking the 1st hole.
Snooker and Bridge
We have two full size snooker tables on the first floor overlooking the course and matches are played against other clubs. You may book the tables for yourself and a group of friends, Ring the office and ask availability. There is a very lively bridge section with many bridge matches and bridge drives.