Community spirit of Diss club is shown in John Doe Carpets Cup

New Diss Express columnist Julian Scopes ANL-160530-115026006
New Diss Express columnist Julian Scopes ANL-160530-115026006

This is the first of what will be a bi-weekly column through the summer months about Diss Golf Club.

Diss has the benefit of one of East Anglia’s finest 18 hole golf courses on its doorstep.

Anyone who drives south out of Diss on the B1077 to join the A143 will see the magnificent course laid out on both sides of the road, with the clubhouse overlooking the common land.

Diss Golf Club is a private members’ club, run by and on behalf of the 550 members. Membership is open to the local community by application on a non-discriminatory basis — and on an affordable basis.

Different types of membership are available covering the needs of all ages and pockets, including a low-cost concessionary membership option for those who can demonstrate financial need.

The age range runs from eight to 88.

The club caters for every level of skill — from newcomers (there is a special starter package including lessons) to some very capable players, and with a large number of enthusiastic ‘duffers’ in between. Regular roll-ups and club competitions ensure that all members can get involved and improve their golf — or they can just hack round companionably with their mates. They can also play as a visitor for a competitive green fee.

The place of Diss Golf Club in the community was illustrated over the late spring bank holiday weekend, with the first of what will be the annual John Doe Carpets Cup.

Like several other local families, the Doe family has been associated with Diss Golf Club for many years.

Starting with Charles Doe, who lived in what is now the clubhouse and acted as greenkeeper and steward from 1964 to 1971, then with his son John Doe, who was the resident professional at Diss Golf Club from 1968 to 1974. He went on to form the John Doe of Diss company, and now with his sons Edward and Charles Doe (both members and Ed on the general committee), who have sponsored this competition, and with the next generation already following on.

This first John Doe Carpets Cup was won by Steve Biggs.

The club is particularly keen to attract junior golfers and is holding special Junior Golf Taster sessions on Thursday, June 23, with two, one-hour coaching sessions for local children aged eight to 11 years old.

The sessions start at 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

This is a great opportunity for juniors to try this sport and feel the thrill of that first successful shot that sails 100 yards down the fairway.

It is also a great opportunity for parents to get their kids involved in a sport that is safely supervised.

The cost will be a modest £2 to cover the cost of a snack and drink. If interested, contact the club on 01379 641025 or office@dissgolf.co.uk