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Club Car adds a touch of class to Goodwood
August 16, 2011

Golf at Goodwood  has supplemented its idiosyncratic fleet of 'Woody' buggies designed by Lord March's grandfather, the 9 th  Duke of Richmond, with 30 new custom-made  Club Car  vehicles - reinforcing its reputation as a unique and distinctive sporting venue.

"Golf at Goodwood has always been about redefining the way the game is played and about offering a unique experience," commented Stuart Gillett, General Manager for Golf at Goodwood.

"Over the past few years we have invested heavily into the 12,000-acre estate to maintain our place - and especially that of our historic James Braid-designed Downs Course, ranked by  Golf World Magazine  as one of England's Top 100 Golf Courses - in the top 5% of courses in the country.

"Our investment in Club Car was therefore a straightforward decision to position the company and brand as standing for absolute excellence, high quality and reliability - valuable attributes we aim to provide to our customers and which we seek out in all our partners," continued Stuart Gillett.

"Knowing that you are working with the world's best selling golf car manufacturer fills you with confidence and coupled with Club Car's outstanding customer service and first-class aftercare, we know we are going to be well looked after."

"However our investment in Club Car was not just about its fleet," added Stuart Gillett. "Golf at Goodwood values partnerships and realises the importance of building relationships.

"We have worked with Bradshaw Electric Vehicles, one of the UK's ten official distributors of Club Car vehicles, for over six years now and we are positive that we can build on this tripartite alliance to develop a new generation of  'Woody' buggies based on the Club Car Precedent frame to continue the legacy set by Charles March and his grandfather, the ninth Duke of Richmond, and his Brakenvan design."

The specifications of Golf at Goodwood's fleet of top of the range Club Car Precedent i2L cars, each of which includes customised pelican seats, alloy wheels and bespoke club branding, have all been carefully selected to complement the 'Woody' buggies' chintzy 1930s-style seat covers, convertible roof, spat-covered wheels and specially fitted wicker baskets that can double up as an ice-box to keep the champagne nicely chilled.

"Goodwood has long been at the forefront of international sport for generations through its racecourse and motor racing circuit, and now it is fast gaining a comparable reputation for its Championship and Public golf courses - thanks to the courses themselves, but also to the partners we have aligned ourselves with to help us deliver Golf at Goodwood's signature unique golfing," concluded Stuart Gillett. 

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