Goswick Golf Club

Type of course? Links. Whoever thought the area between beach and land would make an excellent place to try and hit a stone with a stick towards a small hole in the distance was a genius. Pleasant staff? Super friendly, especially the pro who almost convinced me to pick the sparkly pink ball marker instead of the classy black one. Nice try young lassy, but no. Best hole? It’s hard to pick a hole...

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Linden Hall Golf Course

Type of course? Parkland. Pleasant staff? Very, both in the pro shop and in the bar. Best hole? The meandering 13th is tricky to get right and very attractive, with Linden Hall in the background of the green. Après golf? Delicious pecan tart and carrot cake in the beautiful, cozy bar. Nice round? I was playing in the mixed Open with my brother-in-law’s best friend. I love the greensomes format...

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Northcliffe Golf Club

Type of course? Undulating parkland, but not the bad kind: the grass wasn’t too sticky and the trees mostly kept their distance. Pleasant staff? I liked the pro because when I whinged that women don’t get to drive over the ravine on the 1st, he said we could go off the men’s tee if we wanted. Scandalous! Best hole? It would be the first if I was a man, but as I’m not, it...

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West Hove Golf Club

Type of course? Down the road downland. Pleasant staff? Didn’t interact as we were there playing a match and our opponents welcomed us and bought us a drink afterwards. Best hole? I like the 18th par 5 for its invitingly wide fairway and its tricky second shot – you have to land your ball on a narrow bit of fairway dangerously close to a cluster of bunkers to get a good line into the...

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Golf etiquette: an infographic to teach new players

Hi! It’s been quiet around here, hasn’t it. It’s been nice taking a break from captaining and golf responsibilities. I’ve been using my extra free time constructively to expand my work options, including by taking a course on design. I’ve loved it and as a practice, I’ve put together an infographic for the women’s section. We’ll be using it in the...

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My year as Lady Captain of Brighton and Hove Golf Club

It’s all over. We had our AGM last Wednesday and I am no longer Lady Captain. I thought I’d reflect on my year. To my great shock, I’m asked to be Lady Captain It was a Wednesday after a competition, two and a half years ago. I was having a coffee and chatting in the conservatory when Judy arrived with Delia, who was to be our new Captain a few months later. They sat down and Judy...

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