West Hove Golf Club is managed by a Board of Directors and a Golf Committee who are both appointed annually by the members.
The Board, chaired by the Club’s Chairman, controls the day to day non-golfing activities which include course management, finance, property maintenance, health & safety and all matters relating to staff.
The Golf Committee, chaired by the Club Captain, is responsible for all golfing matters and social activities.
The Board of Directors and Golf Committee members for 2018/19 are as follows:
Steve Thatcher - Club Captain and Chairman of the Golf Committee
Ivan Parnell – Vice-Captain
Brian Hazelgrove – President
Len Woodham- Seniors' Captain
Samantha Liddle – Junior Organiser
Tyler Hounsome - Assistant Junior Organiser
Howard Coulson – Elected member
Keith Fender- Elected member
The General Manager, the Professional and one member from the Board attend all Golf Committee meetings but cannot vote.
Richard Simmons – Chairman
Ken Hopkins - Director
Michael Barry - Director
Gordon Eaton - Director
John Godley - Director
Brian Murphy - Director
David Gillies - Director
Martin Emery - Director
The Club Captain may attend Board Meetings. Where the Club Captain is unable to attend, the Club Vice - Captain may attend. The General Manager attends as Company Secretary.
Club Captain | Steve Thatcher
Club Chairman | Richard Simmons
Seniors Captain | Len Woodham
Juniors Captain | Harry Harris
The key members of staff within our management team are shown below
Gary Salt -
Gary took up his role as West Hove GC's General Manager in January 2010 with a proven record in golf club management,
He was first appointed as a golf club General Manager in 1998 and over the past twenty one years has become one of the most respected managers in Sussex. He very quickly took over the reins at West Hove and is focused on progressing and improving the club on an ongoing basis whilst maintaining the highest possible standards across all working departments.
Gary is no mean golfer either, having played for nearly 40 years and in that time becoming a plus 2 golfer as well as recording a round of 60 (10 under par) in an official competition and holding a course record . Gary has also been a member of the Sussex County Golf Squad. Gary is married and has three children.
Ryan Fenwick -
Head PGA Professional
Ryan is a fully qualified PGA Professional who competed on several worldwide tours, winning on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, he is also a two time Sussex Open Winner & Sussex PGA Champion.
Ryan became Head PGA Professional at West Hove Golf Club in July 2015, where he has set up a very succesful and popular Golf Academy. Ryan coaches all levels of players which include; club members, The Sussex Boys, Girls & Mens Squads, The England Regional Squad and Tournament Professionals.
Ryan also operates a fully equiped golf shop at West Hove offering the latest brands, custom fitting and a very competitive trade in service. The workshop is one of the busiest in the South of England, services include; re-gripping, re-shafting and loft/lie equipment checks.
Jane Edwards -
Jane joined West Hove in July 2008, after having previously worked as Operations Manager at Barclays Bank, and then HR Manager at C&H Fabrics.
Her role has grown significantly since that time, and Jane is now solely responsible for booking and organising wedding receptions & parties, celebration functions, societies and conferences. She shows meticulous attention to detail, and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that all events taking place here are both successful and memorable.
Jane is also a key member of our successful Marketing Committee, producing most of the club’s advertising literature, and is constantly working on new ideas to help West Hove improve in all possible marketing areas. She is also the appointed Child Welfare Officer for the club’s Junior section. Jane is Brighton born and bred, and has been a loyal supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion since 1972!
Karen Dobson -
Karen joined the West Hove in April 2007 as a member of the bar staff and became the Bar Supervisor a couple of years later.
After 9 years in the bar, Karen felt she had “served her time” and transferred to the office in 2016 where she now works full time covering a range of administration duties.
Karen had no experience of golf when she first joined the club but is now well and truly bitten by the golfing bug and plays most weekends. She just wishes she had taken golf up much earlier in life!
Baldwin Family Caterers Limited
We are a small family run business with a wealth of catering experience and have been working in Golf Clubs for the past 29 years.
Our team consists of husband and wife Debbie and Nick Baldwin, along with daughter Laura and son-in-law Jordan Kettlety.
We were also very fortunate to be joined two years’ ago by our excellent front of house lady, Jane Lloyd.
We pride ourselves on our wholesome home cooked food, using the best quality ingredients which are locally sourced from an independent butcher, fishmonger and greengrocer.
Duncan Haste -
Head Green keeper
Duncan is yet another long serving member of our team having joined us from another local golf club in 1999. He made an immediate impact by becoming the SPGU “Green-keeper of the Year” in 2000. Duncan further distinguished himself by being the student of the year at Plumpton College in 2003 whilst on a Sports Turf Management course, the Club is delighted to announce that once again Duncan has been awarded the prestigious SPGU "Green keeper of the Year" for 2015. Duncan, who is married with two children, heads a team of six excellent green-keepers - see right.
Our team of Green keepers - from left to right they are:
Zac Suleyman, Duncan Haste ( Head Green keeper ), Dale Funnell, Richard Burgess ( Deputy Head Green keeper ), Josh Paynter and Mark Anslow.