Copthorne Golf Club

Copthorne Golf Club: Technical course with tree-lined fairways and ditches that force you to carefully plot your way to reach very deceptive greens.

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I got disqualified for playing out of turn. Again.

At Brighton & Hove, we have this really nice competition called the Burt Brill foursomes. Players are put in two groups, higher and lower handicappers, and pairs are drawn together so that a higher handicapper plays with a lower handicapper. And off they go, playing alternate shots to get around the course as efficiently as possible. I expect most clubs have a similar competition. It’s...

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Forget stroke play, match play is where it’s at

I love match play (see this article for the difference with stroke play). I’m not quite sure how or why, but for whatever reason, I tend to play well in this format. Maybe I’ve just had a lot of luck. Maybe it’s because I find it hugely fun. You’re not just playing against the course, you’re also playing against another golfer. On every hole, you need to assess not just distances, hazards...

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