Shortly before Yorkshire’s Danny Willett had a green jacket slipped onto his shoulders following his amazing win in the Masters, I became the proud owner of a rather humbler golfing green jacket after becoming the 74th Captain of Ilkeston Borough Golf Club.
I’m not claiming they stole their idea from Ilkeston but the Club began its life in 1929, five years before the US Masters began, and the tradition is for the new Captain to don the jacket after the AGM to herald the start of the new season.
The club’s 87-year history is displayed on smart wooden boards which line the walls of the cosy, fully licensed clubhouse at the foot of West End Drive.
One wall is dedicated to past Captain’s and Secretary’s with much space saved by the presence of Stan J Rossington, Secretary for 53 continuous years from 1941.
The other wall details the winners this century of the club’s major competitions, played every weekend from spring to autumn. Two names predominate - Billy and Craig Sheldon, the father and son postmen who had won 56 singles trophies before this season.
Make that 57, as Billy, 65, who plays off a handicap of nine, collected the Bogey Cup on the season’s second weekend to take his personal haul to 31.
The competition is always fierce but friendly and the Pewit course, a par 62 with 18 tee positions going to nine different holes, represents a challenge of direction and control on undulating greens, well maintained by the council’s head groundsman Andy Ward and his team.
With no joining fee and an annual membership fee of just £100, the club is great value for golfers of all abilities. Watch this space for more details of how the season unfolds. Anyone interested in joining should ring 07713-856857.