We have five full handicap stableford competition meetings each season, playing for handsome silver trophies in three of them, and the Captain's and President's Prizes in the other two. Two of the Society trophies - the Clare Lees and Needham Cups - were presented by our first two Presidents. The Tom Ashley Cup was provided by the membership.
The first of our five meetings is held early in May and our last is in September. We hold our meetings on midweek afternoons and mainly at courses around Manchester to ease travelling. We have a modest three-course dinner and prize-giving after the golf, and although attendance at this is encouraged, it is certainly not obligatory.
Members are free to invite anyone to play as a guest at any meeting. Guests are presented with a prize at the evening dinner if they have a winning score, but are not eligible to win a Society Trophy or a Society Officer's Prize.
Members and guests play off recognised Society handicaps, which are based on their club handicaps. For Members who do not belong to a golf club, they are set by the Society by negotiation and/or using scorecards completed for handicap purposes (Society competition cards can also be used for this purpose using EGU handicapping procedures).
There is also a Members' Singles Matchplay Knockout Competition, played for the Jackson Rosen Cup, which was presented by two of our members. All these matches are played on members' own choice of courses, to suit those involved, apart from the final, which is played on a neutral course.
We have a reciprocal arrangement with Salford University Golf Society, whereby we can play at their meetings on a guest basis. This offers our members the opportunity to play on several other different courses during the season. The venues for the Salford Society meetings in the current season are listed in the meetings section.
In 2010 we had an average meeting turnout of about 12 and a membership of 25.