We were lucky enough to play the Goodwood Park Golf Hotel on the 8th March 2014. We were all present and eager to play the first round of our new inter team tournament with Stu and Froomedog facing Dorito and myself. The format was match play, which we will discuss in a separate review.
Goodwood estate in itself is phenomenal. Two golf courses, a speed race track, a horse racing track and Goodwood House, the views are always spectacular as it the quality of all on offer.
As soon as you drive into the large car park it oozes class and booking into the reception, which also offers accommodation and gym/spa facilities, you know a treat awaits.
The golf course in itself is a picturesque Parkland course with testing holes. It surrounds the stunning Goodwood House, which, the view in itself is breathtaking walking down some of the fairways.
The weather has been awful of late but the course has been looked after well and you can see hard work has paid off. We didn’t see one puddle on the course, which in itself is spectacular considering the weather of late. The greens were very quick indeed which made long putting exciting to say the least. This course in the summer will be a dream to play on.
A walk through of the course:
1st – 431 yards – a long Par 4 – Even the big hitters will take drive off the first tee. Plays down to a green below and protected by a bunker on the right. Hit it left on the tee and you’ll be lucky to find your ball. I would advise being right of the fairway if you miss it, but avoid the fairway bunker
2nd – 200 yards – a long Par 3 – very narrow approach with trouble on both sides of the approach. Simply aim for the centre of the green to avoid trouble.
3rd – 380 yards – a Par 4 – relatively wide fairway but finish too far left and large tree will prevent you from going from the green.
4th – 348 yards – a Par 4 – relatively short hole but again accuracy is important. The green is tucked away slightly to the left and finish left off the tee you will need to draw it around for any chance of a Par. Small green also awaits with a tricky down hill putt if your long.
5th – 482 yards – a Par 5 – the first Par 5 on the course. Relatively straight forward, will need to be accurate of the tee due to the trees on the left. Long hitter may reach this in two but will need good strikes. The third shot plays to a blind green and if you are too long you could lose your ball.
6th – 292 yards – a Par 4 – very short par 4 where an iron can be used off the tee or driver if you are brave!…very narrow with trees either side. Stray off to the left and you could have a walk back to the tee. A narrow green awaits with a tricky putt (if you can keep it on the surface)
7th – 361 yards – a Par 4 – the first dogleg left on the course. Have to aim rights otherwise your chipping out any most likely score a bogey. Be careful not to run out of fairway though!
8th – 178 yards – a Par 3 – testing uphill Par 3 which you need to fly all the way to the green. Come up short and you will be rolling down the hill especially in the summer. Definitely club up on this hole.
9th – 427 yards – a Par 4 – dog left right hole which runs adjacent to the 1st fairway. Have to aim left on this hole to the narrowest approach on the course. The narrow green is practically tree lined and requires pinpoint accuracy.
10th – 355 yards – a Par 4 – dog left right, this as close as you will get to the gorgeous Goodwood House. You must be left of the big tree in order to have a shot into the green.
11th – 192 yards – a Par 3 – long Par 3 downhill which will require a long iron or hybrid. Protected by a bunker on the front right, miss the green and your rolling down the hill. Better to be long than short on this hole.
12th – 418 – a Par 4 – relatively straightforward Par 4. Bunker on the left could catch your drive; need to be centre of the fairway. Will need a long second shot into the green.
13th – 341 yards – a Par 4 – short Par 4, narrow off the tee. Will need to a fade for a perfect shot, too straight and a bunker awaits.
14th – 493 yards – a Par 5 – second Par 5 on the course, no problems straight but a big bunker ready to catch your drive. Long hitters should carry this. Avoid being left as tree lined.
15th -459 yards – a Par 4 – narrow drive; long hitters will take a 3 wood off the tee. Have to be straight off the tee, too far right you’ll be dodging planes in the airfield, left and you’ll be dropping out the trees.
16th – 342 yards – a Par 4 – sharp dogleft right with a green guarded by a large tree. If you finish left you will find it very hard to get over the tree and stop in on to the raised green.
17th – 389 yards – a Par 4 – long Par 4 – right is dropping territory and left are trees. A slide fade and you will be set up to a trouble free green.
18th – 562 yards – a par 5 – a long Par 5 to finish off with. Bunker on the left of the fairway to catch drives. Stay down the middle to play the 2nd shot which is relatively blind. The approach sees the clubhouse watching you to a green below the fairway. Cannot be right of the green or you will be taking a lot more than a Par.
In summary loved the course, as did the others. The views are spectacular and there are some very testing holes for all standard of golfer. I’m looking forward to playing this again in the summer!
Froome Dog: I remember playing Goodwood Park many years ago as it was once the golf course owned by the Marriot Park Hotel in Goodwood. It was always a better walk than it was a golf course to be honest. Lovely cars whizz by and Goodwood house is a lovely place to be near. But since the Goodwood Estate has taken this course under its wing its changed dramatically. Its way better than before and now a real pleasure to play – Big Credit to the Goodwood Green Staff!! Get yourselves down there.