New approach to golf tuition is tried at Goodwood

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A fascinating new approach to learning how to play golf is being offered to corporate guests and other visiting groups to Goodwood.

The underlying theme of this new concept is to make golf tuition as much fun as possible through a variety of activities and challenges to test and improve playing ability and skills.

The programme covers all aspects of the game, from putting, bunker play and the long game, and is supervised by a qualified teaching professional who is individually assigned to each group of pupils who will play the Downs Course.

It is a ground-breaking attitude to golf tuition that appeals to organisers of corporate events and company days who aim to give their guests a memorable experience when they visit Goodwood.

The element of competitive fun is a key highlight of the Goodwood visit with a chance to beat the professional at a par-three hole by hitting nearest to the pin or a attempting an historic version of the challenge by using a hickory-shafted club.

There is even a trick-shot challenge where guests can attempt to hit golf balls from tee pegs of five different heights for which prizes are offered provided there are no missed shots.

Nor have guests who have never had the chance to play golf been forgotten because they will be offered an introduction to the basic principles of the game by the teaching professional who will also provide the golf equipment for the lesson.

The overall objective of the corporate golf day is to ensure that guests enjoy the full splendour of Goodwood while also helping their golfing ability dramatically to improve.

For more information or to book, call 01243 775537 or


The winter weather has taken its toll on fixtures in the Surrey and West Sussex Winter League since Christmas, with only one fixture having been completed.

This resulted in a fine 3-1 home win by Hankley Common over Bramley, which, allied to two cancelled fixtures, has catapulted Hankley Common to joint top spot with Farnham, but having played two more fixtures.

Of their remaining fixtures, one is at home and two are away, while Farnham still have five fixtures, one home and four away. Both sides are now on 18 points, while third spot, with 14.5 points is held jointly by Puttenham and the unbeaten Cowdray Park, each side having six fixtures remaining, three home and three away, and a close tussle looks likely for the title this year.

Cowdray Park seniors’ winter knockout competitions were progressing well until halted by the recent severe weather.

The singles are played for the Sandell Trophy, with full handicap allowance plus shot allowances for differing age groups over 65, which has led to some shock results in recent years.

Early results have produced their usual quota of surprises and coincidences.

In round one, David Heard was drawn against Ted Ireland and duly defeated him, only to find he was also drawn to partner him in the foursomes.

Top senior Dave Hirons found the concession of shots to Peter Hallt beyond him on this occasion, with Hallt subsequently making further progress to round three.

Gordon Kendall has claimed two good scalps so far, Derek Smith and Graham Evans, on his way to round three, where he will face recent winner Brian Carpenter.

Phil Harrison, having beaten the consistent Mike King, found the in-form Graham Thompson too much in round two. Match of the competition so far came when David Tilley, conceeding many shots to Maurice Watts, was taken to the 22nd hole before putting the match to bed.

Cowdray Park seniors’ Winter Foursomes knockout is played for the Barham Trophy, with three-eighths handicap difference. Fewer doubles matches have been played than singles so far.

First-round matches have provided no real shocks, although Dave Hirons and Colin Tebbutt did well to overcome the powerful duo of Phil Harrison and Ian Goodall.

Last year’s seniors’ captain Bill Hummerston and Dave Lucking proved too strong for another former seniors’ captain David Tilley and this year’s vice-captain Brian Brockhurst.

Two pairings already through to round three are Gordon Kendall and Terry Jasper and David Laver and Harvey Terry. A couple of strong pairings, waiting to play their first match, in round two, are drawn against each other - Paul Owen and Cliff Davis and Graham Thompson and Rob Doney, who are hoping the thaw continues.