Canterbury Golf Club


Roger Hyder has been involved in golf all his working life, initially as a playing professional before being appointed head club professional at East Sussex National Golf Club.
After three years there, he took up a similar role at Chart Hills and, within a year, was promoted to director of golf and then to general manager.
During his time at Chart Hills, the club was selected to host both European Tour and Ladies' European Tour events and won numerous awards, the most notable being Golf Venue of the Year for 1998.
In August 2002, Roger moved to the Japanese-owned Old Thorns golf, hotel and spa resort as director of golf.
Two years later, his reputation for revenue generation, innovative management and profile enhancement attracted the interest of the owners of the prestigious Foxhills Golf and Spa Resort who invited him to become head of golf operations.
Eight years later, Roger decided to move into golf consultancy, working for a number of companies, among them Playgolf, Club Inc, Access Utilities and the Pin High Group.
He became consultant to Canterbury Golf Club in November 2013 and helped to improve profit margins and create the financial stability that was needed to meet the mortgage requirements after the club purchased the land on which the course stands. Then, in April 2016, Roger was appointed the club's general manager.
A fellow of the Professional Golfers’ Association, he is also a qualified tournament referee, officiating at the 2000 Solheim Cup at Loch Lomond, and is author of a golf skills instruction book.
Roger is married with two grown-up sons and lives in Hastings.


Fran Fearn has been working in the club office for two years, having been a playing member at the club since April 2012.

She first took up golf 25 years ago and has a handicap of 17.

A qualified bookkeeper, Fran was educated in East Kent, is married with a grown-up daughter and son and lives in Birchington.

Her areas of expertise are general administration and finances.


Alison Lyden joined the staff earlier this year and has special responsibilities for accounts and finances.

A non-golfer, Alison spent nine years at Walmer and Kingsdown, where she was club treasurer.

Originally from Canterbury, Alison was educated at Simon Langton School for Girls. She now lives in Sandwich and is married with two daughters.


Carol was brought up in Woolage Green, near Womenswold, and was educated at Barton Court School before attending Thanet Technical College, where she achieved an OND in hotel management and catering operations.

Her first position was at a golf club, Broome Park and, after moving to Harrow, she returned to the Canterbury area where she took up a position at the White Horse in Bridge.

She then joined Chives Catering before her appointment three years ago as steward and then clubhouse manager of the golf club.

Carol has two grown-up sons.

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