Why Circle Golf?

Whether you are a small 9 hole course with an honesty box or a multiple course owning world leading facility, you will be guaranteed the very best of advice from our team.

Over 20 years experience

The staff of Circle Golf have been operating Golf Club Insurance Facilities since 1992 when our scheme was established by Barnet Devanney, which subsequently became part of Circle Insurance Services. In 2009 Circle Golf was established as a brand in it’s own name. For 21 of those years Ian Smith has been at the forefront on the facility. Securing and Retaining clients and building relationships with the sports advisory and governing bodies in addition to forging relationships with the industries support structures and insurance partners.

Circle Golf represent many of the oldest and most prestigious Golf Clubs in the UK, our testimonials page will give you an insight into our client relationships. Whether you are a small 9 hole course with an honesty box or a multiple course owning world leading facility, you will be guaranteed the very best of advice from our team.

Full UK coverage

We have staff present all over the UK able to provide expert advice and service, we have partnerships with leading firms of Loss Adjusters, Valuers and Solictors able to provide additional complementary advice and service, the vast majority of which is free to access at source.

We at Circle Golf understand that you cannot run a successful scheme contract if one party is putting their own profit ahead of the long term stability, we firmly believe that for an Insurance Facility to function properly it must be cost effective and claims effective for both the client and the insurer. We believe in loyal, honest and open partnerships. Given a chance we know you will grow to trust our expert advice and rely upon our professionalism. We are not simply an Insurance Provider, many of our clients see us as business partners and business advisors able to offer insight and guidance in many aspects of their facility management.

Officially recommended provider

Circle Golf is the recommended insurance provider of Golf Management Group, Europes largest Golf Buying Group. We have provided advice to over a hundred GMG clients, in the majority of cases we have been able to spot significant errors in their facility and in many cases been able to provide much more cost effective solutions.

Circle Golf spend over £50,000 per annum funding education for Golf Club Managers throughout the UK. We operate a bursary for Golf Club Managers wishing to attend foreign educational events. We are soon to commence the running regional educational workshops for clubs in more remote parts of the UK. We are very proud of our relationships with both the GCMA and CMAE.

Supporting CMAE

Many firms make a lot of money from the game of golf, but few return some of their profits to aid the game develop. Circle Golf is one of the few who do and their funding over the past 10 years has enabled the Scottish Region CMAE to provide annually 3 seminars on topics aimed at enhancing the professional skills of managers which in turn has enabled them to improve the service in their clubs to members and visitors. As the value of this education has been recognised membership has grown. It is doubtful if this could have been achieved without Circle Golf’s support and certainly at best it  would have taken considerably longer

“CMAE now provides two 5 day courses leading the Diploma in Club Management. This is the first stage of professional development for European Managers seeking to attain the Certified Club Manager accreditation which is the professional qualification recognised in the USA, Canada, China, South Africa and Australia. To gain the award a manager must attend the World Club Managers Conference held annually in America. Circle Golf Provides annually 3 bursaries to assist Scottish Managers with travel costs.

“Circle Golf are now also helping CMAE in England where regional associations have been established similar to Scotland

“The Scottish Region CMAE are pleased to record their sincere thanks to Circle Golf for what they have done for the Association and golf in Scotland” – John Duncan CMAE

Latest News

Golf Management Group

Circle Golf are proud partners and recommended insurance providers of The Golf Management Group.

Guidance on how to avoid golf buggy and battery thefts.

There appears to be a significant rise in the number of thefts of golf buggies and/or their batteries from Golf Clubs across the UK.


The Club has been with circle for nearly 20 years and I have now worked with for them over 4 years and during this time have had nothing but great help and service from all the team. The advice given is practical and easily understood so we can implement it efficiently without any worry of small print undermining us in the future. I can highly recommend the personal attention you get coupled with the care taken to understand our business.

Neil Hampton – Royal Dornoch Golf Club