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Canterbury facing a brighter future following trio of big appointments

Three new additions are helping Kent club to press ahead with its plans for ‘stability and growth’

By Chris Johnston

This year has been one of great change at Canterbury GC as the Kent club progresses its plans for stability and growth over both the immediate and longer term.

The appointment of an experienced and highly-respectedgreenkeeper injected fresh impetus into the improvement of the condition of the course and the surrounding areas.

Ray Goodsall arrived from Saffron Walden with more than 35 years in golf course management behind him, including terms at leading clubs such as Worthing, Wentworth and Camberley Heath, all Harry Colt designs.

Already, his presence has enhanced the appearance and standard at Canterbury, one of Colt’s leading creations.

The acquisition of someone with Ray’s knowledge and expertise has been allied to the appointment of a new general manager in Roger Hyder.

A former playing professional, Roger made the successful switch to golf club management, taking charge of the development and management of top-rate venues such as East Sussex National, Chart Hills, Old Thorns and Foxhills.


His vision and acumen, along with the continued upgrading of the course, has led to an increase in visitor numbers and a trend-breaking growth in membership.

Adding to the ‘feel good’ factor at the club, which purchased its course from the MoD two years ago, they are now able to boast one of the most successful professional players in the South of England.

Senior teaching pro at Canterbury, Richard Wallis – a veteran of numerous European Tour events and multi-winner of the South Region order-of-merit as well as a the 2013 GB&I PGA Cup team – set a new course record at Canterbury in winning the Kent PGA Championship in September.

A club spokesperson described Wallis, 36, who has a Guinness Book of Records entry for the lowest below-par score in a single round by a professional, as ‘a popular and accomplished addition to the professional team at Canterbury’.

“He is able to combine to great effect his coaching engagements to his tournament commitments and is reaping the benefits of being at such an ambitious and progressive club,” they added.

For more information on Canterbury Golf Club, log-on to canterburygolfclub.co.uk, email office@canterburygolfclub.co.uk or call 01227 453532.

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