Goodwood turns back the clocks for the Revival Golf Challenge
Story published at 12:34, Friday, September 4th, 2015
Golf at Goodwood will be transformed back in time on Friday 11th September 2015 as its members and their guests compete in the “Revival Golf Challenge”. The annual event and one of the highlights of the Golf at Goodwood calendar, gives competitors a chance to relive history by playing in traditional period attire with original hickory shafted clubs.
Now in its eighth year, more than 70 golfers are set to turn back the clocks in the 18-hole event played on the glorious James Braid-designed Downs Course. The event is a fitting tribute to the renowned golf course architect who, in winning five Open Championships was an icon of the game during his 10-year career. Admired for his elegance, distinctive tweed cap and Norfolk jacket that were always accompanied with a collar and tie.
Those taking part will leave their distance measuring devices, graphite shafts and belly putters at home and will instead carry stick thin bags filled with brassies, spoons and niblicks with whippy shafts and small persimmon heads. These will all prove challenging as they are far less forgiving than modern day counterparts. As well as just using traditional equipment, Revival Golfers will embrace the fashion of the Edwardian era.
General Manager at Golf At Goodwood, Stuart Gillet, said: “Revival Golf is an unforgettable and serene day. It is a joy to see Goodwood transported back to a special era of golf. The event has gained popularity year on year and run in conjunction with the Goodwood Motorsport Revival only enhances the unique environment of the weekend.”
Prizes will be awarded for the best individual and team scores as well as the best dressed and following the event golfers will travel by vintage bus to The Goodwood Revival, the world’s most popular historic motor racing meeting which recreates the golden era of motor sport and fashion from the 1950s and 1960s.
The first ever round of golf played at Goodwood was in 1901 when the 6th Duke of Richmond opened the course on the Downs above Goodwood House. Since then, the club has played host to many famous golfers and society faces including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), the Duke of York (later King George VI), and, particularly during Goodwood’s famous festival Glorious Goodwood, many well-known jockeys and racehorse owners. With stunning views across rolling English countryside it is easy to see why
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