The R&A Women in Golf Charter


A commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf


We, The Royal Epping Forest Golf Club (REFGC), call on everyone involved in golf to play their part in developing a culture that values women’s involvement in every aspect of the sport, from participating to pursuing a career.


Ø  Our aim is to increase the number of women and girls playing and working in golf.

Ø  To achieve this goal and to enable women to flourish throughout golf, we recognise the need for a fundamental shift in culture. There is a clear ethical need for change and the potential economic benefits of growing the sport through more women and girls playing are substantial.

Ø  The R&A commits to playing a leading role in this process and to working with affiliates, partners and the wider golf industry towards achieving this goal.

Ø  In signing this Charter, we at REFGC commit to making tangible efforts to develop a welcoming and inspiring environment for women. We will do more to attract women into golf, to remain, and to have rewarding careers.


The Charter:

Ø  Is a statement of intent from the golf industry and REFGC, to unite and to focus gender balance at all levels

Ø  Commits us all to supporting measures to increase the number of women, girls and families playing golf

Ø  Calls for positive action to encourage women to pursue careers in all areas of the sport

Ø  Recognises the need for change that creates an inclusive environment within golf and our golf club


Signatories commit to activate this Charter by:

Ø  Developing and implementing an internal strategy for enhancing gender balance at every level

Ø  Establishing senior management responsibility and accountability for gender balance and inclusion, which is discussed and reviewed at the REFGC Management Committee

Ø  Strongly advocating more women and girls playing and working in golf.

Ø  Working with key stakeholders to develop and embed a more inclusive culture.

Ø  Promoting the Charter and our goal of encouraging more women and girls to play golf and work in golf.

How we at REFGC Plan to achieve this

Ø  We have achieved and commit to maintain a minimum of 30% female representation on our Management Committee / Board by actively promoting positions linked to appropriate role descriptions that are not gender specific

Ø  To achieve an increase in actively playing members of the Ladies Section

Ø  Formally promote inclusion to the wider community via the club website, social media accounts and local community groups

Ø  To become a SafeGolf accredited club and ensure policies and procedures remain up to date

Ø  Appoint a designated Charter Champion within the club who can assist with the promotion and reporting of the charter

Ø  Have a network of golf buddies within the club who can assist and support new members

​© Royal Epping Forest GC, 2020.