Goodwood’s beautiful downs course / Photo: Mike Cadwell
Other famous golf resorts at the top of the list include Gleneagles and Trump Turnberry in Scotland, Adare Manor in Ireland and Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire and Foxhills in Surrey.
Golf World described Goodwood as a “real family tree,” with the James Braid-designed Downs – renovated by Tom Mackenzie and among the top 100 UK golf courses – supported by Donald Steel’s Park.
Golf World adds: “Then there is a wonderful country hotel with style and vigor. The food is exquisite and so is the health club with fitness room, pool, whirlpool, sauna and tennis. “
The two Goodwood courses were ranked 50th on the magazine’s 2021 list.
Golf At Goodwood, General Manager Gary Beves said, “We are immensely proud to be listed alongside the most exclusive golf resorts covering every corner of the UK and Ireland.
“We are committed to providing golfers with the best possible experience here at Goodwood and we saw a huge surge in demand when restrictions allowed us to open last year.”
The best golf resorts were selected by an experienced jury of readers, invited to participate based on their extensive knowledge of the courses and published by Christ Bertram, the editor of the Top 100 Courses, who played all 200 links golf courses on the list.
For the Cowdray seniors, the games came close and fast.
The first home game in well over a year was against Puttenham Golf Club.
With warm sunshine and the pitch in pristine conditions, the match was a very close affair. Most of the games were close, but Cowdray won 6.5-1.5.
Cowdray Seniors played an enjoyable away game against Mannings Heath.
The Mannings course looked beautiful despite being wet underfoot after the recent torrential rain. It was a close affair when Mannings finally prevailed 5-3 to win the draw. Cowdray’s impressive win was thanks to an outstanding performance from Nick Upjohn, who made three birdies on his lap.
Cowdray Seniors greeted the Blackmoor Seniors on a bright, sunny morning even though it was cloudy towards the end of the game.
The most common result was 4 & 3, with Cowdray winning three games by that margin and Blackmoor two.
All in all, it was a hard-fought fight with Cowdray winning 5-3.
Two “big” competitions were played.
The Rolland Plate was played under beautiful conditions on a course that is now in excellent condition.
Some of the 90 participants did very well.
The winner with a great net 64 score was Tony Pike, followed by another net 64 at Heard Tankard just a month ago. Tim Crow finished second with a net 65 and Don Johnston came third with a net 66.
The Quaich of the Yellowlees was played under ideal conditions with good fairways and greens; The course is obviously not giving in, however – only six players from a field of 85 score points in this medal competition with par or better.
The clear winner was Alan Sibley with a net result of 68. There was a tie in second place with two players with a net 69, with Richard Pitts prevailing in the countback against Richard Burden.