At Radley we can boast some of the finest school golfing facilities in the UK. The centrepiece of this is a beautifully manicured nine hole golf course which provides a good test for all levels of players.
The course is a par 34 with three par 3s and an opening par 5. We have two designated practice areas, a newly renovated putting/chipping green, two warm-up driving nets and an indoor hitting net when the weather is inclement.
The boys compete each year on the national stage in the ISGA Championships (Independent Schools’ Championships) and the HMC Foursomes Championships. Both tournaments feature regional qualifying and culminate in a national finals day in the summer term. Recent successes include a victory in the ISGA National Plate final (National Handicap Championships) at The Shire G.C. in North London and a coveted spot in the HMC Foursome Finals at Delamere Forest G.C. last summer. Aside from the two national tournaments, the boys compete in the West of England Schools’ Championships (held at Burnham & Berrow G.C. each March) and the South East Schools’ Championships (held at West Sussex G.C. each September). Success in the West of England Schools’ has been frequent with wins in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The boys also have a large number of “friendly” matches against local schools which are played on venues like Sunningdale, Woburn, Frilford Heath, Stoke Park and Huntercombe. The team comprises 6 players and is selected across all the year groups. Nevertheless, it is desirable that boys are in possession of a single figure handicap to make the senior team.
The juniors are also active on the golfing scene and play in a variety of “friendly” matches against local schools across all three terms. These are usually played over 9 holes on the course of the host school. The team is selected on a rotational basis and will always try to be matched against our opponents. Fixtures should therefore be constructive and meaningful for all parties. Coaching is a very important feature of the programme and is undertaken by either a local PGA professional or the Master-in-Charge. The team golfers are fortunate to have a membership arrangement with Frilford Heath Golf Club and can also visit Oxford Golf Centre twice weekly from October until March to work on technical aspects under the supervision of the professional. They also have access to a strength, conditioning and nutrition programme developed by the Director of Sport. All other boys are very welcome to “book in” for lessons with the Master-in-Charge who is a +1 handicap amateur.
During the average Radley week, the boys have the opportunity to play golf as part of the alternative sports programme (ASP), in one of the activity slots or when they have “free” recreational time. The ASP sessions run every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon and are under the control of the Master-in-Charge.
2015 West of England School's Championship winning side.
Front: Alex Bibby, Tom Wright (capt), Fred Campion. Back: George Innes-Ker, Harry Bartlett