The Mitrebeens is the name of the Senior section and, as an integral part of our club, they are granted tee times between 07:00-10:44 each Monday and Wednesday.
Membership is open to full club members over the age of 60 who have retired from full time employment; there is a modest annual subscription which helps provide prizes for the many varied competitions held throughout the year.
But why the name ‘Mitrebeens’?
One might think in view of the age requirement for members that ‘Might have been’ is an obvious title , especially since there are those who are still active and over 90 years of age!
However, with a current range of handicaps, from single figures to the ultimate 28, it does not always apply in terms of golf ability. Quite a few of the present ‘Might have been’ can point to the past exploits on our course which allows them to claim to the title ‘Definitely have been’.
So how does a ‘Definitely have been’ metamorphose into a ‘Might have been’?
…well the clue is in the spelling…
For those that have not noticed the club’s official emblem is a Bishops’ Mitre, and so it is a clever play on this fact to address those of a certain vintage as ‘The Mitrebeens’
The section formed on the 20th February 1968 under the Captaincy of Jack Keeping, and the very first Competition, was a 13 Hole Medal attracting just ten entries, which was won by a certain Frank Martin. Since those early days membership has steadily grown and presently amounts to over 165.
Apart from regular social golf and qualifying competitions, there are 17 Trophy Competitions held throughout the year.
The most prestigious of which is considered to be the Tony Opie Cup a knock out played each summer since 1985. The Mitre Challenge Trophy, donated to the Section by Ken Holter in 1987, is a winter knock out competition.
Additionally, friendly matches are played against the Senior Sections of many local Clubs. There is also an Annual Team Competition played in rotation with five of these Clubs and the Mitrebeens’ team having won the trophy in 1993, 2000, 2006 and 2007.
Another major Annual Event is the Seniors Open Team Competition held in September which regularly attracts over 120 players from throughout Kent.
The 25th Anniversary was marked with a Silver Jubilee Celebration on 31st March 1993 and thoughts are now turning to a similar event to celebrate our 50th Golden Anniversary in 2018.
At present the Captain is John Brant who, with the support of his Vice Captain Chris Barnard and a small committee, look forward to welcoming you to the section should you be interested.