Harpenden Golf Club, Hammonds End, Redbourn Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2AX

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The Rankin Racket tournament was set up in 1963 by the then club captain, Jim Rankin. His original idea was to encourage new members to meet up on a weekly basis with others in a similar position. It was a way of getting a new member to integrate and participate in a club tournament that he might not otherwise have been able to, or inclined to, do so.

The tournament was a success: now, new and existing members join in every Thursday evening as a way of meeting many fellow golfers. It runs from April until September and is an eclectic competition played over an alternate nine-hole format. It’s open to all male members, you just turn up between 4 and 6pm; register in the Pro Shop; and play as a three-ball, on a roll-up basis. There are individual prizes on the evening and the main competition is split over First Half; Second Half; and, Overall Eclectic scores for the six-month period. The middle two Thursdays also incorporate a separate competition for The Memorial Trophy in memory of those golfing friends who have passed away.

For information, there is an excellent meal every Thursday in what we believe is splendid company with plenty of banter; it gives all those who attend a further opportunity to spend time with fellow members. There is also a dinner at which The Memorial Trophy is presented mid-term and the main annual dinner and prize-giving at the beginning of October, when the Rankin Racket trophies and many other prizes are presented.

We strongly encourage all members to come along on a Thursday as the Rankin Racket has been a popular and relaxed event for many years and we are sure that you will find the experience most enjoyable, whatever your handicap. For further information please contact the club’s office.