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Published 22 June 2011

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Goodwood Ranked in Top 100 English Golf Courses 

The James Braid designed Downs Course at Goodwood, regarded as one of the best downland courses in the UK has been formally ranked by Golf World Magazine as one of England’s Top 100 Golf Courses. 

The 7,104 yard Course was ranked 77th in this first ever Top 100 rankings of English golf courses by this long established publication widely regarded as the most authoritative and definitive guide to first class golf in the UK. England currently has approximately 1,950 golf courses putting the historic Downs Course in the top 5% of courses in the country. 

Each course was judged by an esteemed panel of golf experts including double major winner Tony Jacklin, Ryder Cup star Oliver Wilson, four time Solheim Cup Captain Mickey Walker and broadcaster Bruce Critchley. Every course was assessed on a number of factors including visual appeal, routing, conditioning and historical significance by the independent judging panel. 

Stuart Gillett, General Manager of Golf at Goodwood commented:” We are delighted to be recognised by Golf World Magazine and this is testament to the on-going hard work of the greenkeeping staff and are long term investment plans for both courses”. 

The Downs Course which celebrates it’s centenary in two years time was originally designed by five time Open Champion James Braid a true legend of the Royal & Ancient game. In 2006 more than £2 million was spent remodelling the course including the creation of six new holes so that the historic layout provided a challenge for the modern game whilst retaining the essential character of Braid’s original concept. 

Since re-launching in 2006 Goodwood has pioneered a new form of “credit membership” which has proved to be incredibly popular and created “pay as you go golf”. There is no traditional joining fee just simply a nominal annual charge plus club credits for rounds of golf played with the option of purchasing more so that a member pays only for the amount of golf played and can top up accordingly. In fact, membership starts at Goodwood from just £380 including credits. 

For Membership enquiries please: 01243 755132

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