Goodwood (Downs) - Sussex - England

Goodwood Golf Club,
Chichester,
West Sussex,
PO18 0PX,
England


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Golf in the Chichester area dates back to 1892 when a club was formed and a rudimentary 9-hole course came into play at Peckham Copse. The club received a noble helping hand at the turn end of the 19th century when the sixth Duke of Richmond offered to move the club to the foxhound kennels on his vast Goodwood Estate. Surely dog kennels would never make a comfortable clubhouse? Well, architect to George III, James Wyatt, designed these kennels in 1787 for the famous Charlton Hunt and they are of significant architectural importance and the finest example of Sussex flint work in the county.

The Duke of Richmond’s estate workers laid out the original course at Goodwood Golf Club, but James Braid designed a proper sporting course in 1914, the essence of which is played today and it still bears many of Braid’s hallmark doglegged holes and intimidating cross bunkering.

Naturally, the chalky South Downs provide not only excellent drainage but also dramatic elevation change, ideal for exciting golf and for panoramic views across the Goodwood Estate to Chichester Cathedral, the Solent and the Isle of Wight beyond.

In 2004, Howard Swan started a lengthy renovation of the historic Downs course. It was extended to a meaty 7,104 yards from the back tees but the integrity of Braid’s original design was cleverly maintained retaining the best of Braid’s holes while also creating holes that cater for today’s big hitting golfers. The new and spectacular par four 2nd is a great example, which combines two of Braid’s original holes. An accurate drive to an escarpment leaves an inviting approach shot to a large green sited in the valley below.

In 1989 Donald Steel added a second course at Goodwood Golf Club, known as the Park course and it’s open for pay and play amongst the majestic cedars. Unfortunately, the Downs course is only open to members and their guests unless you book a golf day and invite all your golfing friends to experience the best downland golf course in Britain.

In 2014, Goodwood commissioned Mackenzie & Ebert to refurbish the bunkers of the Downs course in a phased approach, which completed in April 2017.

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Description: The original Goodwood downland golf course was designed by James Braid. It now measures 7,100 yards but you'll need to befriend a member to play here. Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 22
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Carl Tushingham
This is a super course with stunning views. I found the course very tough and demanding, you will get lots of difficult stances and have to combat the wind that swirls around the downs. Not many weak holes here, perhaps the 1st and 18th aren't great, but the 16 holes inbetween are very good. The only thing to let this course down is how slow the greens are, pity as there true, but so so slow. Highly recommended course though just make sure you bring your 'A' game.
October 12, 2010
8 / 10
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Malcolm Searle
Played Goodwood in May, and sad to say I have to concur with the two previous posters; a great course; super clubhouse; great service; but the whole ensemble is let down by the greens.
June 17, 2010
6 / 10
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Alistair
I have to agree with the poster below. The clubhouse and the service are at the top of their game. The design of the course is interesting and challenging (anyone who plays off more that 18 may find it difficult) and on a clear day the views are stunning. However the greens are shocking, I am aware of the grass policy on the greens but I would not find them acceptable on a £10 municipal never mind the price that Goodwood charged for the day. It was the main talk in the bar after the round when it should have been about the great course layout or the oppulance of our surroundings, shame.
June 02, 2010
6 / 10
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Mark Noviss
I played at Goodwood last Thursday, I loved the layout and tought it was an excellent test of golf. The only let down are the greens. Regardless of your policy towards green upkeep, putting surfaces of this quality are not acceptable on a course that charges this amount for a green fee. If they got the surfaces right then it would be a 5 star experience (the staff and clubhouse are both first class), however until they do it will always be the post round talking point.
June 01, 2010
6 / 10
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Tom Brockton
cracking course, from the moment you step into the friendly bar, enjoy a bacon sarnie and then walk out onto the gentle par 3 1st you know you are in for a treat. There are no weak holes on this course (and how many times can you genuinely say that!) Played here two weeks ago as a guest of a member, really looked after all day and the course is a real challenge. Id suggest its not sensible to play here if your off more than about 18, wayward tee shots will be punished as most of the roles are severely treelined. If I lived in Chichester I know which club would get my annual membership!
April 02, 2009
8 / 10
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Toby
Played Goodwood (downs) a few months ago expecting it not to be as good as the previous old goodwood course but was in fact pleasantly suprised, the greens were lightning fast and the new holes amazing, the new clubhouse is in my opinion one of the nicest i`ve been in and my old friend Miles joined us which was a pleasure as we haven`t seen him for two years.
March 27, 2009
8 / 10
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Olly Lewin
I played here in mid-March and came away with slightly varied feelings. The clubhouse could easily be the nicest I have ever visited and the welcome was warm and genuine. I thought the holes lower down in the valley are superior to those higher up; though these have stunning views of Sussex and (i think) the sea. I think it's interesting reading about their green policy. Whilst true and pretty quick they were quite bare and didn't really befit a club with such a reputation.If you can get an invite - go.
March 21, 2009
8 / 10
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Malcolm Searle
I played here as the guest of a member last week, it's a lovely downlands course with fantastic views. As it is on the chalky south downs it seems to drain well and Isuspect is playable most of the time.The 2nd is a memorable hole where you have to drive to the lip of a 80 ft deep drop, and then still have a 150 yard shot to reach the green, and I particularly enjoyed the 18th which is bounded by trees and a great hole to finish on.Goodwood have a stated policy of encouraging fescue on the greens ratherthan poa annua, so the greens aren't always as pretty as the could behowever, they were reasonably fast and true, and probably playable all yearround. It's worth having a read of the notice in the locker room explaining this before you play (or comment on them).As previously mentioned the decor and changing rooms are from the tasteful "money no object" school of decorating, the food was fantastic and staff atthe clubhouse are impeccably turned out and helpful.You'll need a buggy, as the distance between holes is pretty great, and the next hole isn't that well signposted, having said that it's a wonderfulcourse, and I can't wait to play it again.
February 23, 2009
8 / 10
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Goodwood is one of my favorite golf courses in the UK starting with the amazing clubhouse and very friendly welcome. Then you get out on the course , off the silvers 7100yds is a slog but excellent even when the wind is howling in your face on the 16th a 600yd par 5 monster, simply amazing but my favorite hole on the course is the 2nd simply because you play to the tree in front of you 235yds awayish then you have a 80ft drop and you play from the top of the hill on to the green about 160yds away in the far corner it's simply breathtaking. I played it once fell in love with it and joined on the spot handy only living ten mins away. Also the practice facilities are excellent.

March 28, 2007
8 / 10
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Tom Munt
September 30, 2008
Best Downs Course in the country. Original Braid layout recently updated to make it one of the most challenging golf courses in the south of England. Unrivaled views of the Isle of Wight and the south coast from the top of the majestic South Downs.
Vince Hemsley
If you are lucky enough to get a chance to play it, take it! Definitely a worthy entry into GW’s Top 100. Best Features are - a really classy clubhouse and locker room – not normally high on my priorities but Goodwood has the best I’ve seen- breathtaking views- very playable for all levels of handicap – not impossible to play to handicap- some elevated tees that are really inviting and view enhancing- you want to go back and play it againAreas that could be improved- Some of the lower greens were average at best and need more time- The length of course and distance from green to next week plus the long climb to the highest point on the course makes for a very long and tiring round if you walk it
October 26, 2006
8 / 10
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