Our exciting charity golf day, hosted by Sky Sports presenter and former ITV Sports frontman Steve Ryder at Goodwood Golf Club, is fast approaching.

The event, in aid of United Response and national charity DEBRA, will take place on Tuesday June 3rd on the club’s renowned Downs Course, ranked as one of the top 100 golf courses in the country.

Golf is a sport adored by many through the ages. So, to encourage those of you who may be interested in taking it up to raise funds for us, we’ve compiled a list of the best golf quotes.

“Golf is a good walk spoiled” – Mark Twain

American author Twain is best known for writing ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, often named ‘The Great American Novel’, but was also well-known for his quick wit and love of satire.

“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball” – Jack Lemmon

Despite playing in the Pebble Beach National Pro Am for at least 25 years, Lemmon never made the final cut and often blamed the long time he spent in bunkers on a curse from a caddy in his youth.

“Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.” – A.A. Milne

Creator of Winnie the Pooh, Milne was an avid sportsman who grew to love golf during a childhood spent in the East Sussex countryside.

“Why am I using a new putter? Because the last one didn't float too well.” - Craig Stadler

The American pro-golfer is very popular among golf fans, despite one biographer noting that “his demeanour sometimes resembles a volcano that is ready to erupt”.Stadler recently announced that the 2014 Masters would be his last.

“I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

English writer and philosopher Gilbert K. Chesterton graduated from Cambridge and wrote some 100 books, though is best known as the author of priest-detective story Father Brown Mysteries.

 “Golf – like measles – should be caught young.” – P.G. Wodehouse

The author wrote a number of books on his beloved golf, notably Woodhouse on Golf, a collection of some of his previous works relating to the sport, and played at courses around the world.

“Golf has probably kept more people sane than psychiatrists have.” – Harvey Penick

A caddy from the age of eight, Penick became an assistant pro at a local golf club at 13 and wrote Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, the highest selling golf book ever published.

“I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser.” – Arnold Palmer

Nicknamed ‘The King’, Palmer is widely considered one of the greatest golf players of all time, having been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame forty years ago.

“Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.” – William Wordsworth

The great English Romantic poet often undertook extensive walking tours during holidays abroad, though appears to have had a similar disdain for golf as US literary giant Twain.

“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” – Dean Martin

The Rat Pack member had a lifelong fondness of the sport and made this profitable in the 70s, during which he created an event named the Dean Martin Tuscon Open as part of the PGA Tour.

Tickets for the Golf Day are available for the price of £230 per team of two. This price will include breakfast baps and coffee as well as 18 holes of golf, a golf buggy, 3 course lunch, auction and prize table.

To take part in the Golf Day, visit the dedicated webpage to download a form. For further information, please email Lindsey Simmonds or call Lindsey on 0208 246 5208.


Gemma Taylor, media assistant