Fifty years a member at Welwyn Garden City Golf Club
PUBLISHED: 13:39 28 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009
NICK Faldo may not be a regular anymore, but for a golf-mad nonagenarian it's still a home from home. This year, Norma Wilkinson celebrated her 90th birthday at WGC Golf Club, where she has been a member since 1959. 'I've done everything here,' said Norma
NICK Faldo may not be a regular anymore, but for a golf-mad nonagenarian it's still a home from home.
This year, Norma Wilkinson celebrated her 90th birthday at WGC Golf Club, where she has been a member since 1959.
"I've done everything here," said Norma. "I've been ladies' captain three times, I've worked behind the bar, and I've thoroughly enjoyed myself."
"This is such a lovely, friendly place, and over the years it has become a second home for me."
Originally from Surrey, Norma has been playing golf since she was 18. At her peak, she played off an impressive handicap of 14.
It was while she was living in Brookmans Park with her husband, Tony, that she came across the Mannicotts course.
"When we saw it, we joined up straight away, and within three months we were living in Mannicotts," said Norma.
"I'd been a member of other golf clubs, but they were all terribly snooty. The women there were a lot older than me and I didn't feel very welcome.
"But everyone is welcome here. I would recommend it to anyone."
Norma only gave up playing the game four years ago. "The course is very undulating, and I couldn't climb those hills anymore. I don't like buggies: golf is a walking game."
Nevertheless, she can still be found most in the clubhouse most days, with a group of friends she calls her "luncheon club".
Bar manager Yvonne Brunt said: "We love Norma coming in, and we miss her when she doesn't. Everybody knows her, she's one of those characters. She's part of the furniture now."
Norma added: "It's a lovely place to live in, the garden city.
"I've still got a lot of friends here, the golf club is very social, and I can always stagger home at night!