He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge.
He was a rower and was the Cambridge University Boat Club President between 1870 and 1872, won the Colquhoun Sculls in 1870 and captained Leander Club between 1873 and 1876. He stroked the Cambridge crew in the Boat Race in the 1869, 1870, 1871 and 1872 races. Cambridge's victory in 1870 ended Oxford's nine consecutive years of victories and Cambridge won again in 1871 and 1872. He captained Leander from 1873 to 1876 and stroked Leander when they won the Grand Challenge Cup in 1875. He went on to serve as the Leander treasurer from 1882-1895. He also umpired at Henley Royal Regatta.
He was known by his middle name of "Dashwood" by his family and close friends.
He became a barrister.
He married Grace Miriam Watson in 1874. They lived at Richmond and had a daughter and son Claude Goldie who was also a rower. Grace died in 1883 and he married again in 1886 to Ethel Maude Gregson.
He died at St Leonards-on-Sea aged only 47. The second Cambridge boat is named "Goldie" after him and his name was given to the Goldie Boathouse, used by the University crews.