Course History

For more than 60 years as an English club professional, at his schools, consulting various national programs and advising the greats of the game, John Jacobs has taught more golfers well than perhaps any instructor who has ever lived.

Thanks to John Jacobs, we have these exceptional (and exceptionally fun) courses.


golfdigest_golf-digest-on-demand-john-jacobs.jpgSandown Park Golf Centre was built and designed in the late 1960’s/early 70’s by John Jacobs, a former Ryder Cup captain and Tournament Director of the European Tour.

The club was aimed at beginners and players who wanted a more relaxed, less formal approach to golf. Mr. Jacobs wanted to encourage more people to take up golf and have fun playing the game.  Those principals and beliefs form the bedrock of what we do here at Sandown Park Golf Centre and they are as important to us as they where to Mr. Jacobs all those decades ago.

About John R.M. Jacobs


The charismatic Yorkshireman has done it with wit, charm and empathy, but most important by imparting a breakthrough unifying principle: diagnosing swing faults by looking at how the ball flies. Because he cut to the game's essence, a who's who of today's top teachers, including Butch Harmon, David Leadbetter, Hank Haney, Jim McLean and Jim Hardy, name Jacobs as one of their most important influences.

Along with a record of success, Jacobs' experience testing technique in the fire of competition -- he played in 14 British Opens and won his singles match at the 1955 Ryder Cup over then-Masters champion Cary Middlecoff -- gave him added credibility with the best players. Over the decades Jacobs has "had a look" at, among many others, Peter Thomson, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Ernie Els. "It's frightening, because you could do real harm," says the 2000 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. "But I would go forth because something inside that I could not ignore told me I was right."

Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1997, Jacobs also achieved fame as a television commentator, author of several books (including the best-selling Practical Golf), a two-time Ryder Cup captain, and, from 1971-'75, the first director and chief architect of the modern European Tour. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.

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