Mission Statement for Hertfordshire Golf

Our mission is to support, develop and grow the game in Hertfordshire

Our role is to:

  • Further the interests of the game of golf
  • Act as overarching authority for the administration of the World Handicapping System (WHS)  
  • Undertake course rating  and provide advice on course set-up and the rules of golf
  • Provide guidance and assistance for our affiliated clubs 
  • Deliver timely information and advice to our member clubs as cascaded down from R&A and England Golf 
  • Facilitate county competitions for a wide range of age groups and abilities 
  • Run representative teams for the county of Hertfordshire
  • Develop golfing talent within the county 
  • Grow and develop the game of golf in Hertfordshire 
  • Represent Hertfordshire at regional and national administrative level

Would you like to get involved?

We rely on our many loyal and hardworking volunteers to support the running of the organisation.   If you are interested in getting involved in one or more of the following areas, please contact County Secretary Louis Matamala.

  • Ball spotters 
  • Board directors
  • Coaches
  • Committee members
  • Course raters 
  • Event organisers 
  • Handicap advisors 
  • Junior supervisors 
  • Marshalls 
  • Player registration 
  • Referees 
  • Starters
  • Team captains 

Two Year Plan

We are committed to delivering services for our member Clubs that strengthen and develop the game of golf in Hertfordshire. This document outlines our key plans for the next two years and sets out the shape of our budget. This version was first published on 7th March 2023. 

Please also find linked below our HG Response document based on two club surveys we carried out across 2021 and 2022. This was first published on 23rd March 2023.


BOARD of Directors

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Director Bio's

I joined the Hertfordshire Golf board in February 2018 and have responsibility for the Marketing and Communications portfolio.

I am a member of Mid Herts Golf Club, where I thoroughly enjoy playing golf and attending the various social events.  I would call myself an active member and like to offer support to the club whenever I can, whether that’s by organising events or helping out in the background. I was Lady Captain in 2016. I have served on two golf boards of management – at Mid Herts (2008 to 2011) and at Arkley Golf Club (late ‘90s).

My marketing and communications career spanned 30 years,  including 12 as Head of Public Relations at Tesco and eight as Head of Communications for the department of Children, Schools and Families at Hertfordshire County Council.  I also successfully ran my own PR business for nine years.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and pre retirement was Senior Partner of my firm of retail property consultants Blanchflower Lloyd Baxter.

I have been a member of Brookmans Park Golf Club for 32 years, having been junior organiser for 16 years and subsequently Club Captain in 2011 and Chairman of Management from 2017 to 2020.

I was Captain of the Society of Hertfordshire Golf Captains for two years until March 2021. I am also a qualified County golf referee.

I was appointed to the Hertfordshire Golf Board in November 2021 which coincided with my retirement after a 40 year career with a major global financial institution. During that time I held a number of senior roles in Sales, Relationship Management and most recently Operational Risk. I qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Although described as a Director without portfolio, I work closely with Richard Blanchflower on Player Development.

I have been a member of the Club at Mill Green in Welwyn Garden City since it first opened in 1993. I have previously held a number of positions on the ladies committee and I am currently one of three Ambassadors at the Club who act as liaison between the members and management and assist with their charitable endeavours. I am also the scratch captain

I was elected as Finance Director of Hertfordshire Golf  in 2019. I have been playing golf for over 50 years. I spent 12 years on the committee of Muswell Hill Golf Club in various roles including Club Captain in 1991 following which I spent 6 years on the general committee of the Middlesex County Golf Union.

My initial career was in banking with Barclays Bank, 22 years in North London plus, in the mid 80’s, a 3-year secondment to the Costa del Sol in Spain. After leaving banking I spent some time as a Practice Manager for a firm of solicitors before taking up the appointment as Secretary/Manager and Company Secretary at Ilford Golf Club in Essex. After just over 4 years at Ilford I took up the position, in September 2001, as General Manager and Company Secretary at Harpenden Golf Club Ltd, retiring in 2018 after 17 years. I am an honorary member of Harpenden Golf Club.

For nine years from 2005 to 2014 I was on the National Committee of the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA), four of which as Chairman and in 2013 as National Captain. I am a trustee of the GCMA Benevolent Fund.

I qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in 1978 and am treasurer of a few social organisations.

I have been playing golf since I was 9 and been a member of Moor Park Golf Club (MPGC) since 1976, where I was a Board member for several years and Captain in 1992-3. 

I joined the Executive Committee of the Hertfordshire Golf Union in 2009 as I wanted to put something back into the sport I had enjoyed so much. I served as Championship Chairman for 6 years having gained my EnglandGolf referee‘s qualification and then had the honour to be elected President. 

During my tenure as President the County Union merged with the Hertfordshire Ladies Golf Association to form Hertfordshire Golf Ltd. This company now runs all golf within Hertfordshire and I had the honour of being elected as its Chairman at the inception.

I still play golf regularly at MPGC although my handicap has declined seriously since the heady days of my youth

I am long-time retired but was Sales Director for an American training company with responsibility for the Middle East and Africa.

I have been playing golf at The Melbourne Club for 26 years and remain an active member. I currently sit on the Handicap Committee and had the pleasure of serving as Lady Captain in 2004.

I was elected Club Services Director in 2023 after serving on that committee. I am also on the Marketing & Communications Committee as well as currently being the Pearson Manager for Hertfordshire.

I gained my Banking professional qualifications in 1988 but left that behind to raise my family.

In 2006 I was a founder member of Herts Golf Partnership, now known as Herts Golf Development. As Development Director I have special responsibility for introducing people of all ages to golf, including people with disabilities.
From 2000 to 2005 I was Junior Area Manager for South East Division 1 (Berkshire, Buckingham and Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire), reporting back to England Golf. I was County Captain and 1st team Captain from 2005 to 2007 and have served on the HCLGA committee for many years. I am a member of Porters Park Golf Club, where I have been Lady Captain and served on the Executive Committee as Chair of Golf.

I was appointed Chair of Hertfordshire Golf in January 2021, having previously held the positions of Finance Director and Director Without Portfolio. I was Treasurer of the Hertfordshire Golf Union from 2016 until the 2018 merger. I am a member of Moor Park Golf Club, where I joined as a junior and currently serve on the General Committee. I enjoy travelling and playing other golf courses and I compete in a range of seniors’ tournaments.

I completed a degree in Biochemistry at Birmingham University. In 1978 I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked for KPMG in London and Tokyo before moving into commercial finance roles. I was Finance Director for a range of companies over a period of 25 years, from start-ups to a large quoted company and then for number of governmental organisations, including Sport England. I am now retired.

I started employment with the Hertfordshire Golf Union as County Secretary in October 2012 and on merger in 2018 my services were retained in the same role for the new body. Prior to that I worked for 3 years at Brocket Hall, which followed 6 years at the PGA East Region, based at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club, as a Tournament Controller. 

I am also Hertfordshire’s representative on the Men’s South East Group Committee and the Local Handicapping Authority. 

I have been a member of Verulam Golf Club in St Albans since 1992 and have been a ‘Category 1’ handicap golfer since 1996. 

I was appointed to the Hertfordshire Golf board on incorporation as one of three Directors without Portfolio and re-elected for a second term in 2019. Prior to that I was a member of the Executive of the HGU.

As a member of Stocks Golf Club, I participate fully in the life of the club having served as both Treasurer of the Men’s Section and Seniors Captain. I was very active in the development of the club’s golfing activities following the move into a new clubhouse in 2012. Since then, I have helped to increase the number of interclub matches and supported participation in several leagues.

I am a qualified Golf Referee and accredited by England Golf as a Course Rating Team Leader. My role in Hertfordshire Golf includes membership of the Championships Committee, Chief Referee at county events, supporting the WHS and ensuring all our affiliated clubs are Course Rated and issued with a Slope Index.

My career in the pharmaceutical industry spanned over 30 years and included several senior commercial roles. After stepping down from full time work, I taught business and management at a university where I specialised in People Management and Employment Law for Business Students.

I am a Technology Company Director, based in the City.
My background is in Property Finance and Investment Banking. I have a depth of knowledge and a variety of experience that I have brought to bear in my role as Director without portfolio.
I have been a Member at Hadley Wood since August 1992 and have seen many changes in both the Club, the Course and its representation at Hertfordshire Golf. I want this evolution to continue and look forward to working with both the County Development Officer and Hadley Wood’s new Golf Operations Supervisor.
I am keen to further my understanding of what Hertfordshire Golf does and to spread the good word about all its activities for all members of the golfing community, contributing when and where I can, as required by the Board.

As Director of Championships, I chair the Championship Committee which oversees the organisation of all Hertfordshire Golf competitions.
Before the merger I was an elected member of the HGU Executive Committee, Chairman of its Championship Committee and the England Golf Voting Member. I was a member of the merger steering group and had previously organised the men’s Scratch League.

I am a member of the England Golf Tournament Panel and have a Level 3 refereeing qualification. I act as either the Chief Referee or an on-course referee at many county events. A member of Verulam Golf Club since 1972, I spent time as an elected board member, served as Chairman of the Greens Committee and was Captain in 2005, the club’s centenary year.

I am a former General Practitioner and was a partner in a St Albans practice for 20 years before taking early retirement in 2012.

Policies & Important Documents

Matters relating to the Rules of Golf are the responsibility of the HG Championships Committee (CC), under the leadership of the Director of Championships.

Its activity includes:

  • promoting the knowledge and understanding of the Rules of Golf throughout Hertfordshire clubs and amongst competitors in HG events
  • producing a Hard Card at the start of each season, setting out the Local Rules that will apply to all HG events produces during the year. (This is likely to be closely aligned with the England Golf Hard Card for that season)
  • working towards the target of having at least one person with an accredited knowledge of the Rules in every Hertfordshire club
  • staging Rules Roadshows around the county to provide the opportunity for all HG affiliated members to learn about the Rules through practical demonstrations and discussion
  • managing a team of qualified referees who officiate at all HG events

Club officials may submit Rules queries to the County Secretary who will reply with the help of the members of the Committee

Clubs are also encouraged to seek HG advice regarding their own Local Rules whenever necessary

HG Rules Accreditation will be awarded to any affiliated member who attends a Rules Roadshow and subsequently score over 90% in the R&A online Level 1 Rules exam

All HG referees have attained an R&A Level 2 qualification. Some have achieved Level 3 qualification. The CC ensures that referee qualifications are revalidated as required and upgraded when appropriate. Potential new referees are advised regarding the process for obtaining the relevant qualification and invited to shadow current referees at HG events. 

For Rules of Golf queries or Local Rules queries please contact the County Secretary, 

HG Referees

The following referees are qualified to England Golf Level 2 or higher and form the current HG Tournament Panel:

  • Jane Bellis – Porters Park
  • Richard Blanchflower – Brookmans Park
  • Chris Bourne -Bedfordshire
  • Ed Devine -Brickendon Grange
  • Judith Elborn – Mill Green
  • Steve Fownes – Verulam
  • Alastair Fraser – Old Fold Manor
  • Colin Hinton – Letchworth
  • Chris James – Mid Herts
  • Peter Jennings – Berkhamsted
  • John Lambe – Porters Park
  • Carl Lawson – Aldwickbury Park
  • Sue McKeon – Parkstone
  • Chris Medley – Stocks
  • Robert Moore – Batchwood Hall
  • Marcia Oram – Bishops Stortford
  • Liz Perrottet – Berkhamsted
  • Anne Pyke – Hartpenden
  • Alan Thomson – Verulam
  • Hugh Wikner – Hadley Wood
  • Sue Wild – Berkhamsted

Rules Accreditation

The following club members have been awarded HG Rules Accreditation:

Brickendon Grange: Colin Hyde

East Herts: Pauline Maile

Essendon:  John Amos & Nick Simpson

Great Hadham:  Trevor Dearing

Hadley Wood Artisans:  Chris Rose

Harpenden:  Karen Ellam

Little Hay:  Brian Ridgeway

Mill Green: Jacqui Dixon 

Moor Park: Robin Colbourne, Jessica Myers, Janet Smith, Ali Walji

Old Fold Manor: David Dobinson

Stevenage: Simon Hinton, Nick Monk

Stocks: Helen Medley

The Melbourne Club: Mark Rimmer

Verulam: Don Ward

Contact for all enquiries on Course Rating: or

The USGA Course Rating System is the standard upon which handicaps are built. It drives the calculation of a Handicap for all golfers and is a central feature of the new World Handicap System that is being introduced throughout 2020.

The USGA Course Rating System takes into account the factors that affect the playing difficulty of a golf course.

Course rating teams from Hertfordshire Golf carry out the on-course portion of the rating process across the county. England Golf reviews the work of the teams and then issues the ratings.

Accuracy and consistency are the keys to effective course rating. A course must first be accurately measured. The measured yardage must then be corrected for the effective playing length. These effective playing length corrections are roll, elevation, dogleg/forced lay-up, prevailing wind, and altitude. Obstacles that affect playing difficulty must then be evaluated in accordance with established standards. These standards increase objectivity in course rating.

Important Definitions

The following are terms essential to the USGA Course Rating System:

Scratch Golfer: A male scratch golfer is a player who can play to a Course Handicap of zero on any and all rated golf courses. A male scratch golfer, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 250 yards and can reach a 470-yard hole in two shots.

A female scratch golfer is a player who can play to a Course Handicap of zero on any and all rated golf courses. A female scratch golfer, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 210 yards and can reach a 400-yard hole in two shots at sea level.

USGA Course Rating:  A USGA Course Rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal course and weather conditions. It is expressed as the number of strokes taken to one decimal place (72.5), and is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring difficulty of the scratch golfer. 

Bogey Golfer:   A male bogey golfer is a player who has a Course Handicap of approximately 20 on a course of standard difficulty. He can hit tee shots an average of 200 yards and can reach a 370-yard hole in two shots at sea level.

A female bogey golfer is a player who has a Course Handicap of approximately 24 on a course of standard difficulty. She can hit tee shots an average of 150 yards and can reach a 280-yard hole in two shots.

Bogey Rating:   A Bogey Rating is the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for bogey golfers under normal course and weather conditions. It is expressed as the number of strokes taken to one decimal place (92.1), and is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring difficulty of the bogey golfer.

Slope Rating: A Slope Rating is the USGA mark that indicates the measurement of the relative playing difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers, compared to scratch golfers.  It is computed from the difference between the Bogey Rating and the USGA Course Rating times a constant factor and is expressed as a whole number from 55 to 155.

The Rating Process

The rating process requires a study of each hole, including detailed data obtained at all landing zones for both the scratch and the bogey golfer. The rating teams use the average shot lengths for both scratch and bogey golfers to determine the landing zones. Length corrections and obstacle values are considered at each landing zone.

Effective Playing Length Factors

The following correction factors are evaluated to determine if the hole is effectively longer or shorter than the actual measured length: 

Roll: Roll is an evaluation of how far full shots for scratch and bogey golfers roll, and the effect that has on the playing length of the course. For example, it considers whether a drive from the tee lands on a slope that is uphill or downhill.

Elevation:  Elevation is a measure of how changes in elevation from tee to green affect the playing length of a hole.

Dogleg/forced lay up: Dogleg/forced lay-up is a measure of how much longer or shorter a hole is played because it has a bend (allowing players to cut the corner or forcing them to lay up), or because it has obstacles, such as water or deep bunkers, crossing the fairway in the players’ landing zones (which force the scratch or bogey golfer to hit less than a full shot).

Prevailing Wind:   Prevailing wind is a measure of the effect of constant wind on seaside courses, plains courses, or other courses unprotected from the wind.

Altitude: Altitude is an evaluation for courses at 2,000 feet or more altitude that will play shorter than their measured length because shots fly farther in the thin air.

Obstacle Factors

The following obstacle factors are determined for each landing zone for both the scratch and the bogey golfer:

Topography: is a factor if the stance or lie in the landing zone is affected by slopes or mounds, or the shot to the green is uphill or downhill, making club selection more difficult.

Fairway: is an evaluation of the difficulty of keeping the ball in play from tee to green. Fairway ratings are based on fairway width in all landing zones, hole length, and nearby trees, hazards, and punitive rough.

Green Target: is an evaluation of the difficulty of hitting the green with the approach shot. Primary considerations are green size, approach shot length, and green surface visibility, firmness, and contour.

Recoverability and Rough: is the evaluation of the probability of missing the tee shot landing zone and the green, and the difficulty of recovering if either, or both, is missed. The Green Target rating drives the Recoverability and Rough rating value.

Bunkers: is the evaluation of their proximity to target areas and the difficulty of recovery from them. The Green Target rating also drives the Bunkers rating value. 

Crossing Obstacles: consist of penalty areas, extreme rough and out of bounds. Ratings are based on the shot length required to safely carry the crossing obstacle.

Lateral Obstacles: consist of penalty area, extreme rough and out of bounds. These are evaluated at each landing zone. The rating being based on shot length required to reach the landing zone and the distance of the lateral obstacle from the centre of the landing zone (fairway or green).

Trees: is the evaluation of the size and density of the trees, their distance from the centre of the landing zone or green, the length of the shot to that target, and the difficulty of recovery.

Green Surface: is the evaluation of a green’s difficulty from a putting standpoint. Green speed and surface contouring are the main factors. The size of the green is considered irrelevant in evaluating putting difficulty. A Stimpmeter is utilized to measure the speed of the greens based on midseason conditions.

Psychological: is the evaluation of the cumulative effect of the other obstacles. The location of many punitive obstacles close to a target area creates uneasiness in the mind of the player and thus affects his or her score. This value is purely mathematical and is added after the on-course rating is complete.

Each obstacle is assigned a value of 0 to 10, depending on its relation to how a scratch or bogey golfer would play the hole. When the evaluation is complete, the numbers for each hole’s obstacles are totalled and multiplied by a relative weighting factor. The weighted obstacle stroke values are applied to scratch and bogey formulas and then converted to strokes. Those strokes are added or subtracted from the Yardage Rating to produce a Bogey Rating and USGA Course Rating, and the difference between those two values multiplied by a constant factor is the Slope Rating.

Courses must be re-rated at least every 10 years, or if it is a new golf course, within 5 years. If significant changes have been made to the course it will need to be re-rated. The club should notify the Hertfordshire Course Rating Team by emailing the giving details of the changes.

The County Secretary for Hertfordshire Golf is the delegated ‘Area Authority’ for Handicapping in Hertfordshire for all affiliated golf clubs and their members.

The Area Authority acts under the overall authority of the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU), whose role is to ‘monitor, maintain and develop the Unified Handicapping System’ (UHS).

The UHS is the handicapping system currently used by all affiliated bodies in the UK and Ireland and its purpose is ‘to enable golfers of differing abilities, men and women alike, to compete on a fair and equitable basis.

The Worldwide Handicapping System (WHS) will come into operation in the UK and Ireland on November 2nd 2020. To that end Hertfordshire Golf ran 4 seminar events for Clubs across the month of January 2020.

For any handicap enquiries please contact the County Secretary via email on

Useful links;

CONGU website including the current CONGU manual –

WHS website –

England Golf website, Handicapping pages –

We are committed to delivering services for our member Clubs that strengthen and develop the game of golf in Hertfordshire. This document outlines our key plans for the next two years and sets out the shape of our budget. This version was first published on 7th March 2023.

Please click on the below link to view


Please also find linked below our HG Response document based on two club surveys we carried out across 2021 and 2022. This was first published on 23rd March 2023.

Please click on the below link to view;


See dedicated page here for all General Rules for All Competitions