What? RMAGS is a specialist sports branch of the Royal Marines Association (RMA).
Why? The Royal Marines Association Golf Society (RMAGS) exists for its members and guests to enjoy golf. Our rules are minimal and our approach is totally informal. It's all about playing golf with 'oppos' while discussing how good we used to be!
When? The society has been around since 2012 and was 'formalised' as part of the RMA in 2014. RMAGS meets around 10 times between March and November
Where? RMAGS home course is Tiverton, Devon and we tend to play courses in East Devon. We do 'spread our wings' occassionally and we're always open to new ideas.
Who? RMAGS members are predominantly former Royal Marines and we also have serving RM members and non-RM members. Guests are also welcome.
How - and How Much? Joining RMAGS is simple and you don't have to be a serving or former RM. Joining RMAGS is free although we do encourage our members to MAKE A DONATION. Each event also has green fees payable on the day by cheque of cash.
We are Growing Fast - Our membership is growing fast and we now regularly have around 35 members at each event. The 'more the merrier' as far as we are concerned so if you are thinking of joining read on.
RMA Membership - RMA membership is not required to join RMAGS but it is encouraged. RMA membership helps us as a society when seeking grants and support as a specialist branch of the RMA.
Royal Marines Membership of The RMAGS- If you are a serving or former RM and would like to join RMAGS please hit the button above and complete the 'Contact Us' form asking to join the society. You will receive a response asking for some details and shortly after we receive them you will be added to the members list.
Non-Royal Marines Membership of The RMAGS- Non-Royal Marine membership is also available and if you would like to join RMAGS please hit the button above and complete the 'Contact Us' form asking to join the society. You will receive a response asking for some details and inviting you to an RMAGS event as a guest
Guests - RMAGS members are welcome to bring guests to events and are asked to give prior notice of this for ease of administration
Costs - Membership is free although we do encourage members to MAKE A DONATION. 'Green Fees' are also payable at each event and average around £35 per round.
The Wyvern Trophy
The Wyvern Trophy is competed for each year by members of the RMAGS. To enter the competition entrants must be members of RMAGS and must have donated (previously paid a subscription) to the RMA. The trophy was presented to RMAGS in 2017 by George Martin to mark his retirement from over 52 years of military and civil service. He served 22 years with the Royal Marines before transferring to the Army. He was commissioned into the Army attaining the rank of Major before arriving at Wyvern Barracks in Exeter as a member of the senior management team. The Wyvern is the mythical beast of Wessex – another name for the South West Region. The Wyvern is also the Tac Patch of the 43rd Wessex Division, a TA unit of the South West that has a particularly famous reputation in Normandy. George served in the 43rd (Wessex) Brigade for over 20 years.
Playing off 22 George was a founder member of the society. He was the Events Coordinator for 4 years before handing over to David (Atko). George is now handling memberships as well as maintaining handicaps. George joined the corps on 12th January 1965. After trainiing he joined the Signals branch. Rising to the rank of Warrant Officer 2 Yeoman of Signals he transferred to the army in 1987. George continued his career in the services completing a total of 52 years 2 months and 19 days before retiring in 2017. On his retirement, George presented the Wyvern Trophy to the society. The trophy is played for annually at the first game of the season.
Rick started playing golf when he gave up rugby at the age of 38. His game peaked early, when he won the Corps Stableford Championships in 2005, but since then it's been going downhill steadily and now he struggles to play off his RMAGS Handicap of 24. He also struggles to manage his own finances let alone those of his club, but has so far managed to get away with it. The Corps was hard-up enough to let him back in for a 37th year in uniform so he's keen to claim a Sports afternoon at least once a month as he starts his 6th decade sporting the globe and laurel.
Mr Dave, our Events Coordinator is also the 2020 Wyvern Trophy winner - spooky eh!
Playing off 28 Paul took up golf in 2016 shortly before attending the RMAGS Season Opener weekend. Consequently, he was awarded the 'most golf' trophy. Paul retired from the Corps in 2000 after 26 years service and became Chairman of RMAGS in 2019.
Paul has kindly volunteered to take over from Don as the shirt Rep. More information will appear soon on how to purchase RMAGS shirts.
Helping with RMAGS organisation doesn't take a lot of time so if you would like to help it would be great to have you on the team. Commitment levels vary between taking up a committee role to just helping out on the day at an event. Dave is always "the busiest man in NATO" on event days so having some help will allow him to focus on the organisation. So if you'r attending anyway we always need:
If you're happy to help either hit the link and tell us in advance or just volunteer on the day.
Design Choice - Vote Now
Paul Stevenson has now provided two design options for the new shirts - the previous design is now out of stock. Members now have a vote on the two design options and only the winning design will be manufactured. Scroll down to see the design options and vote on your preference.
Pre-Order a Shirt
It will be very helpful for Paul to have a good idea of the number of shirts required therefore, along with voting on your preferred design choice, please state if you would like to pre-order a shirt. The cost will be around £28 and Paull will update us soon on when they will be available. Note, that we are only manufacturing the winning design so you may be ordering the shirt you didn't vote for!
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Joining The Royal Marines Association (RMA) is free and helps The RMAGS
RMA membership is not required to join RMAGS and whether we choose to join or not is entirely our own decision. RMAGS encourage RMA membership because of the obviuos benefits membership brings and it also helps our society when seeking support as a sports branch of the RMA.
The RMA and The Roayal Marines Charity have been amalgamted
In the past few years there have been many positive changes around the RMA and it is now almalgamated with The Royal Marines Charity. As a result of these changes there is some understandable confusion around membership so here is the up-to-date (2020) situation
If you would like to join the RMA, or just check whether you are already a member, just hit the button below which takes you to the relevant RMA website page. Here, all will be explained including the types of membership available and how to check if you are already a member