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Ham Manor Golf Club Off icial Brochure 2014


Contents 04 Welcome

19 Junior Academy

31 Visitors and Societies

06 The Course and its History

21 Junior Golf

35 Open Competitions

08 Take the Course Tour

23 Practice Facilities

37 Clubhouse and Restaurant

15 The Professional Team at Ham Manor Golf Club

25 Golf Membership Details and How to Join

16 Services from the Professional Shop

29 Academy Membership

Ham Manor Golf Club & Ludis Sports Publications wish to thank the advertisers who appear in this publication for their support and wish them every business success. The contents of this brochure are believed to be correct at the time of printing, nevertheless, we cannot endorse and readers should not rely solely upon the accuracy of any statements or claims contained herein without prior consultation with the service provider. Designed and Printed by Maverick Design and Communication on behalf of Ludis Sports Publications 2014.

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Welcome Ham Manor Golf Club is set in beautiful countryside on the Ham Manor Private Estate in the picturesque village of Angmering in West Sussex. Originally named Goring Hall Golf Club, it soon boasted stars of stage and screen amongst its members, including Teddy Knox, Charlie Nervo ( both of Crazy Gang fame) and later in the 1940’s, entertainer Arthur Askey.

family. The mansion was built in 1822 by Sir William Gratwicke a well-known racehorse owner and trainer. He achieved two Derby successes in 1829 and 1845 with horses called Frederick, a rank outsider with a 60 year old jockey on board, and Merry Monarch. Under the trees near the 18th green a simple headstone with the inscription “Frederick 1837” marks the final resting place of William’s favourite horse.

The square-cut Georgian mansion which affords the club such excellent facilities today was once the home of the Gratwicke

It was the building of the canal at the mouth of the River Arun and the creation of a new harbour at Littlehampton which

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finally drained the entire Ham Manor area in the early part of the 19th century, but it was to be another 100 years before it became a golf course. It was worth the wait! Our majestic 18-hole parkland course offers a golfing challenge to savour. The layout dates back to 1937 when Henry Cotton, Jimmy Adams and the Whitcombe brothers played an exhibition match to mark the official opening. Designed by Harry Colt, his other courses include Royal Portrush and Wentworth. Playing to 6,247 yards and a par of 70 off the


white tees, it is a true test of golf. Fine bladed and springy underfoot, the grass gives perfect fairway lies. The greens are pretty special too, producing absolutely true, even-paced playing surfaces with subtle borrows , and our Course Manager is a Master Greenkeeper, one of only 63 in the World!

The course, though, is only part of the Ham Manor experience. Our clubhouse is a magnificent grade 2 listed Manor House where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink, a tasty snack or a delicious sit-down meal in splendid surroundings. Sunday lunches and informal supper evenings are a regular and popular feature.

other sports here including croquet and carpet bowls. We also have a magnificent snooker room housing three top quality tables, and a room set aside for table tennis. The venue and surroundings are also perfect for weddings, functions and conferences. A visit to Ham Manor is not to be missed. We hope you come to see us soon.

In addition to golf, the club has a lively and varied social side with members playing bridge and regularly enjoying entertainment in the clubhouse.It is possible to play several

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The Course and its History The course is a very easy walk being relatively flat, with 2 distinctive loops of very different 9 holes. The front nine wends its way through the Ham Manor Estate and is bordered by some lovely properties including some of the original thatched homes. There are a number of holes that require strategic thought and accuracy to give you the foundation to attack the wider fairways of the back 9 holes.

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The back nine is completely rural with pleasant and tranquil views over the surrounding farmland and downs. It features both the par fives, one is the closing hole, and together with two lengthy par fours and a 200-yard par three it often seems more difficult than the outward nine. Although there are only two par fives they are both over 500 yards long and the short holes range from 143 to more than 200 yards. In addition there are several par fours in excess of 400 yards.

Albeit not within sight or sound of the sea, Channel breezes can make a significant contribution to the difficulties of this delightful course. When the golf course designers moved on to the site they found a wealth of natural features despite the basic flatness of the area. There are two or three small, but significant, changes in level and some marvellous sweeping contours in the terrain as it moves from open countryside through trees, bushes and shrubs. In addition to the natural


tree cover of the estate, Sir William Gratwicke had cultivated beautiful gardens around the manor with fine stretches of lawn enclosed by yew hedges and some notably rare trees. There are good practice facilities to be enjoyed at Ham Manor, with 2 separate practice greens, one for putting only, the other to practice bunker shots and chipping, both of which are prepared to the same standard of those on the course.

There is also a large practice area which is adjacent to the 18th fairway.

since, unusually both being recorded on the same day in an open Amateur tournament in 1991.

Tommy Horton, who was the Professional at Ham Manor Golf Club for many years, used his Ryder Cup skills and his intimate knowledge of the course to set a professional course record of 62 in 1970. In 1987, the amateur course record of 64 was achieved by Farrell Wieland, and this has been equalled twice

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Take the Course Tour Prepare for your visit to Ham Manor by familiarising yourself with each hole over the coming pages and make the most of your round with our hole-by-hole guide. You can prepare yourself for the challenges that await, as well as pick up some invaluable playing tips from our club professional, Jon Nicholas Hole 1, white 400 yards (5) par 4, yellow 392 yards, red 378 yards (12) par 5 Arguably the best opening par 4 in Sussex. Out of bounds down the left, your drive needs to be well down the right side of the fairway, or at least level with the copse of firs, otherwise the green cannot be seen. Look out for the greenside bunker on the right which will catch any wayward shot. The green slopes from right to left and back to front.

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Hole 2, white 361 yards (11), par 4, yellow 351 yards, red 318 yards (8) A straightforward par 4, but take care as the tee can tempt you into driving down the right. Big hitters will reach the bunkers on both sides of the fairway: the sensible shot is just right of centre short of the traps. A greenside bunker on the left is clearly visible, but the one on the right is not! The green is mainly flat. The rabbit fencing along the right hand side of the fairway is an “immovable obstruction� and does not form part of the boundary of the course.

Hole 3, white 375 yards (3), par 4, yellow 360 yards, red 344 yards (2) A blind tee shot over the brow of a hill leading down to the green which is the other side of a stream called the Black Ditch. The percentage tee shot is level with the bunkers which are dangerously placed on the left of the fairway on the brow of the hill. Big hitters can carry the bunkers and run down the sloping fairway and the ball should pull up short of the stream in front of the green. The second shot requires good club selection to carry the stream but not to overshoot the green which slopes gently from left to right and down towards the stream.


Hole 4, white 182 yards (13), par 3, yellow 170 yards, red 152 yards (16) An excellent par 3 from the lower back tee. With a pot bunker short and left and a greenside bunker on the right, any pushed or sliced shot will end down in “Dingly Dell�. The green slopes left to right and front to back and is difficult to hold off the tee.

Hole 5, white 422 yards (1), par 4, yellow 410 yards, red 398 yards (10) par 5 A long par 4 needing a good drive down the middle of the fairway to have a chance of seeing and reaching the green in two. Too far left off the tee and you will be blocked out by the trees, too far right and the rough and bushes will make your second shot difficult. Beware of the greenside bunkers on the right and the slope off the green on the left. A worthy stroke index 1.

Hole 6, white 352 yards (15), par 4, yellow 344 yards, red 334 yards (14) A relatively short dog-leg left. The aggressive line from the tee is over the fairway bunkers on the left. A right-hand greenside bunker catches any slightly wayward shot to the green which slopes from front to back and from right to left.

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Take the Course Tour Continued Hole 7, white 349 yards (9), par 4, yellow 338 yards, red 309 yards (6) Another short par 4 with a left to right dog-leg off the tee and with strategically placed trees on the right making it a challenging drive. You need to be left off the tee to avoid the trees on the right but go too far and the bunker on the edge of the fairway will catch you. The green which slopes from back to front is protected by trees on the right and bunkers to the rear and left of the green.

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Hole 8, white 145 yards (18), par 3, yellow 135 yards, red 126 yards (18) A straight forward par 3 but make sure you take enough club to carry the bunkers in front of the green. There are greenside bunkers surrounding the green with a gently sloping green back to front.

Hole 9, white 394 yards (7), par 4, yellow 390 yards, red 365 yards (4) A fine hole to finish the front nine. Your tee shot must be central or slightly left or you will be blocked out by the trees on the right. Big hitters beware the bunkers on the left-hand side. A dip in front of the green cannot be seen from the fairway so aim to carry your shot up to the flag. Be careful of the three bunkers short and to the right of the green. The green which slopes gently from front to back is protected by bunkers on the right.


Hole 10, white 334 yards (10) par 4, yellow 327 yards, red 317 yards (9) The 10th is Ham’s signature hole with two streams and a pond to challenge you off the tee. Select your club with care off the tee depending on the direction and strength of the wind. Ideally, your landing target is the area between the streams leaving a simple iron then to a raised green protected by trees on the right and a greenside bunker on the left.

Hole 11, white 513 yards (4) par 5, yellow 491 yards, red 457 yards (1) A shortish par 5 but certainly not a pushover. A drive down the right over the stream will give you a second shot over the brow but be careful to miss the fairway bunkers on the left. Your third shot needs to avoid the bunker on the front left to reach the green which slopes from back to front. Hole 12, white 328 yards (17) par 4, yellow 312 yards, red 290 yards (13) The 12th is a short par 4 with out of bounds down the right and a fairway bunker on the left. A good drive will leave you a short iron in to the green which has a grassy hollow on the left and a hidden bunker on the right.

Hole 13, white 151 yards (16) par 3, yellow 144 yards, red 128 yards (17) A challenging par 3 with greenside bunkers on the left and front right and a dip in front of the green. A well struck shot to the left side of the green will see the ball come off the slope to the green centre. The rabbit fencing down the right is an “immovable obstruction� and does not form part of the boundary of the course. Better long than short is the secret of this hole.

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Take the Course Tour Continued Hole 14, white 441 yards (2) par 4, yellow 425 yards, red 383 yards (3) There is out of bounds down the right as well as a copse of large trees and a fairway bunker on the left so a long straight drive is needed to have a chance of hitting the green in regulation. The green slopes from back to front and has a bunker front right to catch any wayward shots.

Hole 15, white 401 yards(6) par 4, yellow 394 yards, red 381 yards (11) par 5 A straightforward par 4 where the prevailing wind generally comes off the left so beware of the out of bounds and a fairway bunker on the right. Your second shot needs to avoid the bunker in the centre of the fairway 100 yards from the green. The green has a dip in front and a bunker on the right and slopes from the back to the middle and up again towards the front. Hole 16, white 385 yards(12) par 4, yellow 376 yards, red 353 (5) A short but challenging par 4 with out of bounds down the right and a fairway bunker on the left. The fairway slopes down towards the green which slopes from back to front and has a greenside bunker on the right.

Hole 17, white 202 yards (14) par 3, yellow 189 yards, red 183 yards (15) A par 3 in excess of 200 yards which might need your driver on a windy day. Avoid the greenside bunkers and be very careful with your putting. Hole 18, white 512 yards (8) par 5, yellow 504 yards, red 455 yards (7) A good closing par 5. There is out of bounds down the right and your tee shot needs to be down the left to give you a sight of the green. The green is protected by two front corner bunkers and a left and right bunker half way up the green. The green has two levels with a mound in the middle.

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The Professional Team at Ham Manor Golf Club Jon Nicholas Head Professional Jon has over 25 years experience as a PGA Professional. He learned his trade with Gordon Brand, father of Gordon Brand Junior (European tour and Ryder cup player) in Bristol. He has coached on behalf of the PGA at Ryder Cup and European Tour Venues, as well as promotional days. Jon spent time living and working in Belgium as a golf Professional, during which he played in the Belgium Open on the European Tour, as well as

playing events on the French Tour. Jon has won tournaments in Europe and the U.K as well as holding course records. Jon has obtained accreditations throughout his career include sports psychology and is at present a PGA Level 3 Coach.

Assistant Matt has developed skills in coaching, custom fitting, club repairs, customer services and retail. Since joining the PGA, Matt has won the Sussex Professional Golfers Union, Assistants Challenge Trophy.

Jon is assisted in the Professional Shop by Matt James. Matt joined the PGA as an Assistant in 2012, having played off a Handicap of 2 at Ham Manor Golf Club. During his time as an

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Services from the Professional Shop The Professional shop at Ham Manor Golf Club offers a vast range of services for members and visitors alike, these include: • Stocking of all the latest golfing equipment • Club Repair Services • Checking and Adjustments of Loft and Lies • Electric and Pull Trolley Hire • Buggy Hire • Club Demonstration/Comparison Days

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• Custom Club Fitting available to all Golfers • Golf Tuition (Both group and individual tuition available) • Professional advice on all aspects of the game • A vast range of Men’s and Ladies Clothing

allows golf equipment to be obtained from all manufacturers, allowing the prices to be extremely competitive. If items are not in stock they are able to ordered and collected within a few days.

The Professional shop has a comprehensive range of clothing which is supplied by the industry leading brands such as; Green Lamb, Daily Sports, Hawick, Glenmuir, Under Armor, Nike and Proquip. Jon is a member of the Foremost Buying Group, which

We are recognised stockists for Nike, Callaway and many others this allows us to put together a complete custom fitting service. A Professional fitting covers: Head Styles, Shaft Length, Shaft Flex, Loft/Lies and Grip Sizing.


Tuition Jon and Matt are on hand to provide a complete range of lessons that cater for the total beginner through to the most experienced of players that seek to play to their full potential. Coaching sessions are available on an Individual or Group basis. All Coaching sessions include the use of a state of the art video analysis system. This allows for any aspect of your game to be analysed in great detail to achieve maximum potential. The use of our video analysis system comes as part of your lesson. The

system used allows your swing before and after your lesson to be sent to you via email. Jon and Matt are very proactive in promoting golf in schools within the local area. This involves providing Free Tri-Golf taster sessions for all local primary schools. The pathway then continues with Open days for Juniors at Ham Manor Golf Club allowing them to progress from Tri-Golf to real Golf. If they then want to continue further, Ham Manor has a Junior Academy they can join.

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Junior Academy Since Jon’s appointment as Club Professional at Ham Manor, he has set up a Junior Golf Academy which is open to all young golfers irrespective of age or ability.

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Junior Golf Ham Manor Golf Club is committed to introducing juniors to the game of golf and has a structured programme that emphasises a fun and friendly atmosphere. Jon Nicholas PGA Professional and Matt James, our Assistant Professional, runs junior lessons to encourage our golfers of the future to learn the basic fundamentals of the game and improve their skills. We also have a fantastic junior organiser,

Steve Tellyn, who runs competitions and looks after the juniors’ needs. Our junior membership rates are very reasonable, and once having become members, they are placed under Steve, Jon and Matt’s wing, which will give them a sound grounding in the basics and progress them to playing in competitions and tournaments.

We offer juniors with a handicap the chance to play with relatives for free, provided the relative is a Full Playing Member of Ham Manor. This means that there is no subscription due, but they must be supervised at all times and are exempt from playing in competitions.

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Practice Facilities Ham Manor has extensive practice facilities for those willing to invest time in improving their golf game and lowering their handicap. There is a covered driving range alongside the 18th where any

club in the bag bar woods can be hit. There are mats to hit off, with members bringing their own golf balls.

working on getting up and down from around the green and on distance control with the short irons.

The all-important short game is not overlooked and right next to the clubhouse you will find a pitching and chipping area for

There is also an excellent practice putting green and some nets to help loosen up before heading to the first tee.

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Golf Membership Details and How to Join There are currently vacancies available for membership. Membership applications are accepted at any time of the year. Application forms may be downloaded from the website (www.hammanor.co.uk) or alternatively speak to Paul or the General Office on 01903 783288 extension 6 who will be happy to answer any queries you may have. There are no requirements to have a current handicap, however those new members without handicaps will be expected to obtain one as soon as possible after joining the golf club.

members from the age of 18 up to 40, who benefit from a reduced subscription.

Our present playing membership of over 500, includes one of the strongest Ladies sections in Sussex.

Ideally new applicants will have a proposer and seconder from the club, but this is not a necessity and if you do not know anyone here, please let us know when you complete the application form, making it very easy to move from

A new initiative has recently been introduced for intermediate

We also offer our members a reciprocal arrangement with 11 other courses included in the annual subscription, a valuable addition to you as a playing membership. There is also a very strong fixture list for golfers of all levels, ages and abilities.

another club to Ham Manor. The Fairway Credit Scheme is also available should you wish to pay your subscription on a monthly basis. Ham Manor has a range of membership opportunities for those looking to become part of one of the premier golf clubs in Sussex. Away from golf the social activities here at Ham Manor are the envy of many throughout the area. Those who wish to join as a social member see separate section.

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Academy Membership An Academy Membership at Ham Manor is an ideal introduction for beginners or lapsed golfers who feel that full playing membership is beyond their reach at present.

The subscription fee allows for six months / three months membership, six lessons with the Golf Professional and nine/ eighteen holes of golf per week. Full use of the clubhouse and facilities is included, together with entitlement to attend all social events. A ÂŁ200 reduction on the first years fee on becoming a full member.

An application form is available to download from our website, www.hammanor.co.uk. For further information, please contact the Golf Professional on 01903 783732 or the General Office on 01903 783288 extension 6 or via e-mail: secretary@hammanor.co.uk

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Visitors and Societies Ham Manor Golf Club extends a warm welcome to visitors wishing to play our wonderful course.

Golf societies are also most welcome, we set aside Thursdays for society visits. (Other days available on request).

You can enjoy a drink and a meal before or after your game in our clubhouse, and just pop up to the office if you wish to find out about our membership offers! Follow us on Facebook to get all the latest news and offers.

Should you wish to make a booking, telephone the General Office on 01903 783288 extension 6.

Through the long summer months in particular we offer attractive twilight rates for those able to play later in the day and juniors play for half price whatever the tee-time.

We are a very popular destination for societies, many of whom return to visit us time and again. For that reason it is advisable to book well in advance to secure your desired date.

For many groups, our catering is as eagerly anticipated as the setting and the course itself. We offer a wide variety of options to keep hungry golfers happy, from bacon rolls and full English breakfasts to light lunches to two and three-course meals featuring a selection of wonderful main courses and tempting desserts. If your group is in need of sustenance while on the course we can open the Gratwicke Halfway House by prior arrangement outside of normal opening times.

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Visitors and Societies Continued In order to avoid embarrassment on the day, please note that all members of your group must have a valid handicap certificate and be aware of the club’s rules, particularly regarding dress code. Golfers using the course are expected to wear attire sold for golf, including studded golfing footwear. No golf shoes of any

kind are permitted in the main bar area, snooker room, lounge or dining room at any time but golf shoes are permitted in the Spike Bar. Smart casual dress, including tailored shorts, are acceptable in the clubhouse. Smart casual dress is also acceptable in the restaurant from Monday to Saturday.

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Open Competitions As lovers of golf nothing gives us greater pleasure than to welcome other like-minded individuals to come and enjoy the thrill of playing at Ham Manor. This we are able to do in a number of ways such as by playing visiting clubs in friendly or league fixtures and with the staging of county events on behalf of the Sussex Golf Union and the Sussex County Ladies’ Golf Association.

Another way to play Ham Manor off the medal tees is by entering one of our very popular open competitions. We regularly stage open meetings for ladies, with an 18-hole Fourball Better-ball Stableford and junior girls in the form of the Beatrice Murray Prize, which is a county Order of Merit event.

We also welcome visitors for both of our Open Mixed Betterball Stableford competitions. These events are played in April and September and demand is very high so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Perhaps the best-known event, however, is the Junior Open played in early August for the David Leadbetter Trophy. David has been a great supporter of the club and its Juniors, returning as often as possible to present the prizes.

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Clubhouse and Restaurant In the clubhouse there are bridge rooms and the finest threetable snooker room in Sussex. There is also a table tennis room for those keen to practice, and we have outdoor croquet lawns. The bar in the Ham Manor clubhouse is ideal for a relaxed and leisurely drink after a round of golf. Our large inviting seating area is perfect for catching up on all the sporting events on Sky Sports.

The bar is open all-year round from 11.00am to 10pm (subject to demand).

Enjoy a filling lunchtime bar snack or something more substantial from our menu. Our catering team never disappoint and we can honestly say that the off-course Ham Manor experience matches that of playing a round at one of Sussex’s top golfing locations.

The lounge at Ham Manor gives the feeling of a warm and inviting area with comfortable seating set, in winter, in front of a blazing fire. It is an area which includes informal seating, ideal for a coffee or even afternoon tea. The chairs can be cleared to provide a small dance floor when required.

Weekend opening times vary slightly according to the season. Summer opening hours are 11.30am-10pm on Saturday and noon-7pm on Sunday while in winter opening times are 11.30am-6.30pm on Saturday and noon-6pm on Sunday.

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