A glimpse of the Driving Range

In February Forest Hills Golf Club took over the management of the Driving range opposite. Renamed the ‘Forest Driving range’ it has 20 covered bays, floodlights and easy parking.

Now the Driving Range is not the most scenic area to photograph, but Kathryn (from Capture this moment Photography),  did her best and luckily 2 handsome golfers arrived to brighten up the pictures!

The driving range is open daily from 10am-10pm. It takes coins and a standard bucket of 45 balls is £3 while 100 balls are £6. Range cards are available from Forest Hills Golf Club Pro Shop. £3 will get you 50 balls and you won’t need a pocket full of coins.

The range is open to all golfers, not just Forest Hills Golf Club members.

February Pictures

February Pictures

At the end of a wet winter one of the things you won’t see is standing water (apart from the ponds of course!) The trees might be bare still for a month or two yet but the Course is still enjoyable in the February sunlight. Just wrap up warm. We’ve yet to see if the winter wheels policy helps the course improve more quickly come the spring but spring is most definitely around the corner.

This is the last of our monthly picture blog series, a whole year has gone by since we started. A new blog series will be arriving with the new golf season.

We look forward to seeing you on the Course.

September on the Golf Course

A Misty morning as the season changes

Our Photographer, Kathryn Goddard of Capture this Moment photography was out one early September morning. With rather more mist than sun she found some Autumn staples and some hardy morning golfers.

As the morning wore on more golfers arrived to enjoy an autumn day.

If you weren’t aware, Forest Hills has excellent natural drainage and is perfect for all year round golf. Watch this space for how we get on throughout Winter.

August on the Golf Course

August on the Golf Course

We’ve chosen an evening for our pictures this month as Summer draws to a close. Sunsets over the clubhouse here and the Course is in full bloom. The rather wet recent weather has ensured lush green grass wherever you look and could there be anything better than a quiet round of golf in the evening sunshine.

July and the Seniors Open 2015

July and the Seniors Open 2015

It’s a friendly affair, the Seniors Open and in 2015 we had our biggest turnout so far. 140 golfers from far and wide came to enjoy a day here at Forest Hills. Lo and behold, the sun even shone all day. The course looked stunning, the food delicious, the organisation superb but it is the excellent company that makes a day so good. We’ll see you all again next year. Kathryn Goddard from Capture this Moment photography was our photographer on the day.

Course collage July

June on The Golf Course

June on The Golf Course

Early summer golf on a sunny day – does it get any better and with the promise of months of warm weather golf to come. June might be the perfect month to play golf here, perhaps why we have more golf days in June than any other.

What can I gain from buying at the Pro Shop?

What can I gain from buying at the Pro Shop?

Pro Shop Myths Exploded

With the advent of the internet, Pro Shop sales of golfing hardware and clothing has seriously declined. While the brands go from strength to strength the individuals in the business have found it harder to make a living. Bigger brands demand large minimum orders and they are forced to include goods that don’t sell as well. Those brands may well then bring out a new product, leaving the shop with redundant stock.

So why run pro shop? Can the shop and experienced staff add anything to the buying experience of golfers and is it worth the extra money you pay?

We asked Gavin Butcher, owner and manager of Forest Golf Ltd who runs the pro shop at Forest Hills Golf Club in Gloucestershire.


What is the point of a Pro Shop stocking a wide range of goods and services when everything is available for a click and a £3.00 delivery charge? Why would anyone shop there?

Having the help and advice from someone you trust is one of the main reason many golfers buy from their pro shops rather than online, Regardless of the price golfers still require equipment that is best suited to them and will benefit their game.

Why is everything cheaper on the internet?

Is it cheaper? Many products being sold online at discounted prices are often last year’s equipment. Comparing the latest products and prices you will find that your pro shop will be more than competitive. If it seems too good to be true…It generally is!!

Do you REALLY find people have bought fake goods online then come to you to get them repaired?

It is happening more and more frequently and the quality of the fake clubs are improving all the time putting more emphasis on purchasing from a trusted retailer.

Are there 3 over-riding reasons why I should buy clubs from you, a man of experience and not a cheap retailer or online store?

  • The clubs will be fitted to you personally and not off the shelf
  • We only sell genuine products not cheap fakes
  • We are here for every game you play if you ever have any problems with the products purchased.

What exactly does your experience add?

15 years experience in the industry has been invaluable. 10 years on the high street and 5 years in a local pro shop has allowed me to see both sides of the golf industry. Seeing the members every week and even playing rounds of golf with them has given me the opportunity to offer them better advice on everything from purchasing new clubs to wearing the right shoe!

If you have any questions on this topic for Gavin, please leave a comment.