We were unable to find a date which worked to dine at Christ Church and dinner will be hosted at Merton. The pre-dinner reception in the Savile Room this year has kindly been sponsored by one of the players and the College bar will be open for us after dinner.

To book your place, please see below, but please let us know by email your preferred tee off time.

The tee off times are 8.30-9.00am; 9.00-9.30am and 9.30-10.00am.


7:30am onwards Bacon rolls and coffee available in the clubhouse
8:30 - 10:30 Tee off times for the main competition – 18 holes individual Stableford off full handicap up to a maximum of 20. Please ensure you are ready to play at least 10 minutes before your tee time.
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch - Non-players & guests are welcome
2:30 - 3:30 We have courtesy of all 3 courses.  Those who want to play can do so, in whatever format they wish and should play on whichever course is allocated for that day for their chosen format (ie 2-balls and foursomes on the course allocated for 2-balls etc.)  However, there is no competition.
7:00 - 7.30 Merton College – Reception followed by dinner & prize giving in the Hall. Dress: Jacket & tie. Players’ guests are welcome to attend. A cash bar will be open after dinner where we are committed to spending £200...
Dress: Jacket & tie.  Players’ guests are welcome to attend.

To avoid any confusion about who is eligible to participate, the golf tournament is open to all matriculated members of the university and to members of the academic staff.  

The team event for the Hennessey Cup, as in the past, will be decided on the best 6 Stableford scores from nominated College teams of up to 10 players. A team will be recognized if there are six or more players from the same college. If any college wishes to enter more than 10 players, they should first nominate their team of 10 and any further players will play as reserves if space permits, however this may not be finally confirmed until the tee times are distributed between one and two weeks before the event.  The scores of those not in the team of 10 will only count for the individual prizes.  

Colleges who can’t raise a full team are welcome to send in individual entries and if you know of any matriculated members of the university from colleges who don’t have teams (or organisers) but who wish to play, please ask them to contact us and we will try & fit them in. The individual prizes this year for all competitors will include tankards for nearest the pin and longest drive on both courses as usual but the two main individual prizes have been renamed as the Norman Riley Trophy on the Blue and the Mike Leigh Trophy on the Red, in honour of two of the stalwarts of the event.

There is a maximum handicap limit of 20. Players with higher handicaps can enter but will play off 20. Ladies can enter and will play off their handicaps using the ladies’ pars and stroke indices. In accordance with CONGU guidelines concerning courtesy shots for ladies, ladies playing on the Red Course will have their handicaps increased by 1, but there will be no adjustment on the Blue Course (because the SSS is the same for men and ladies).

Players can ask to be allocated a tee off time in half-hour slots between 8.30 and 9, 9 and 9.30 or 9.30 and 10. However, as the vast majority of those who express a preference opt for between 9 and 9.30, it is impossible to accede to the wishes of everyone. Please bear in mind that the tee times have to be organised so that each group of 3 comprises players with their handicaps balanced; so that no player is with a teammate; and so that each college’s team is split evenly between the two courses. This is a difficult balancing act, so players are asked to bear with us if they do not get the time slots they want. It is also regretted that for the same reason we are unable to accept requests for players to play together.