A review of our Women & Golf event on September 5 at Golf at Goodwood
Women & Golf visited Golf at Goodwood in the lovely rolling hills of West Sussex for our final event of the year. Probably more famous for motor racing and horse racing, it boasts two lovely courses - Downs and Park - and a historic golf clubhouse, The Kennels.
We chose to play the Members' Downs Course. Rising steeply from The Kennels, up towards Goodwood Racecourse perched high on the South Downs, it gives golfers incredible views of Chichester Cathedral, down to the Isle of Wight and the sparkling Solent beyond.
Golf at Goodwood
It's difficult to believe the summer is nearly over, and this announced itself much earlier in the day than we expected. Drizzly rain welcomed the later groups on the first tee. Fortunately, some of the ladies took advantage of The Woody - Goodwood’s unique golf buggy - to get them around the course & keep dry.
First Tee Photo call
It was great to welcome back some familiar faces and say hello to players who were attending their first Women & Golf event. It really was a geographically diverse playing field - teams from Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex & Wiltshire were all represented. And, for one team it was their last stop on a week-long golf trip to Devon!
The tree-lined golf course at Goodwood is a true test of golf located in the heart of Sussex. The golf course features tricky doglegs and long sweeping greens which are both a treat and a challenge to true golf fans.
A reviving stop at the 12th
Thanks to Slingsby, aka Slingsby Social, the players took a well-earned break at the 12th tee to sample some gin & tonic, gin spritz or non-alcoholic refreshments.
Just a little something to give them a pep before taking on the Beat The Pro Challenge.
Beat The Pro Challenge
We like to throw the odd few challenges into a Women & Golf event and Goodwood was no exception. Alice Davis PGA Professional, and W&G and Lester Brunt Ambassador, faced our competitors on the "beautifully, dangerous" par 3 12th for a Beat the Pro Challenge.
The players enjoyed a late lunch in the beautifully appointed Putting Green.
Fortunately, the sunshine had appeared later in the day and it was still warm enough to enjoy lunch al fresco.
With the Pro Shop nearby, players could take advantage of the fantastic 10% discount afforded to Women & Golf by our friends at Famara Golf.
After the round, the players commented what a tough challenge the course was but very enjoyable with magnificent views and the course in amazing condition.
The prizes were kindly provided by our sponsors Bushnell Golf and Skechers, Dean's, Slingsby and Volvik.
🏆 1st - Bushnell V5 Tour rangefinder worth £299
🏆 2nd - Skechers golf shoes worth £130
🏆 3rd - Skechers golf shoes worth £100
🏆 Mystery Team – Box of The Open by Dean's commemorative shortbread
⛳ Nearest the Pin, Gets the Gin - Slingsby bottle of gin
🏌️♀️ Longest Drive - Dozen Volvik golf balls
There were some great scores considering the weather and tough conditions. Only a few players had been to Goodwood before so it was a new experience for many.
Only two players bettered their handicap which shows what a challenge it was.
The individual winners were as follows:
🏆 1st Paula Offer from Cambridge Country Club with 42 points
🥈2nd Georgina Penketh from Crondon Park with 38pts
🥉3rd Robina Miller from Royal Eastbourne with 35pts
⛳ Nearest the Pin, Gets the Gin - Lynn Craven from Redlibbets
🏌️♀️ Longest Drive - Georgina Penketh from Crondon Park
🏆 Team Prize – Clare Paterson-Snell, Patricia Seath, Robina Miller, and their ghost player Lindsay Horwood with 128 pts.
Obviously, the Slingsby Social Gin & Tonic worked a treat for six of the players because they all hit the green inside Alice's ball. Courtesy of our financial partner Lester Brunt Wealth Management they all won a sleeve of Titleist golf balls.
An integral part of any golf day, each took away a goody bag containing a W&G golf towel & nail file.
Thanks to OCEANTEE, Eucerin, Dean's, & Lester Brunt (pen not shown) for their gifts. Plus, our friends at Famara Golf gave 10% discount in the Pro Shop and Duca del Cosma a 20% off voucher for each attendee.
Thank you so much to all the players who came to support the event. Despite the rain, we had a brilliant day and we hope that you did too.
Our 2023 events will be released in the coming months, but there's two already confirmed:
12th June 2023 - The Grove
Please email [email protected] to add yourself to the reserve list.
Did you know that you can get discounted entry into Women & Golf events by signing up to our Women & Golf Membership? There are a whole host of other benefits of becoming a member. Find out more here.
Just for fun
Can you spot your swing on the 12th hole?