The twenty best golf courses in Sussex: in photos. Just in time for The Masters. With Crowborough Beacon, Goodwood (Downs), Goodwood (Downs) Piltdown, Royal Ashdown Forest, 2nd Rye, 1st West Sussex

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, the best golf clubs in Sussex

With the Masters upon us, here is a list of the top twenty golf clubs Sussex has to offer according to the renowned golf website Top 100 Golf Courses

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‘Dale Hill Golf Club is where you’ll find the course that Woosie built with a little help from European Golf Design. It is its inaugural architectural ensemble, perfectly tuned and finely balanced.

‘The Dyke Golf Club was formed in 1906 but the layout was destroyed by practice tanks and was rebuilt by Fred G Hawtree and his son Fred W Frank Pennik described it as ‘undoubtedly the finest of path of the Brighton orbit”‘

“Draped over a rural landscape of streams, lakes and forests, the fairways of Sweetwoods Park Golf Club lie in the shadow of the ancient church spire in the village of Cowden”

‘Originally designed in 1906 by Sunningdale pro Jack White, the course at Cowdray Park is set in a huge 16,500 acre estate. Tom Simpson changed the layout several times between 1913 and the late 1930s.

“Copthorne Golf Club was founded in 1892, but the course in play today is a mix of old and new. In a moorland style, it is one of Sussex’s lesser-known venues and host to major county and regional championships.

“The Col-designed lower course is the more demanding of the two downhill courses at Centurion Worthing Golf Club. Laid out in a sheltered and scenic valley, the lower holes before the bend, are from the top drawer.’

“Located to the south of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Nevill Golf Club’s beautiful course dates back to 1914 and is parkland in nature with a sprinkling of moorland”.

‘Whimsical sea breezes and cleber Herbert Fowler design combine to make Cooden Beach Golf Club a truly engaging experience. Get ready for a fun golf challenge and maybe a birdie or two’.

“Founded in 1889, Littlehampt Golf Club is the oldest club in West Sussex and the only true golf course west of the county. The English Channel and the location of the port combine to make ideal seaside connections”.

11th East Sussex National (East)

‘Gordon Brand Jnr. and David Gilford won the European Opens here in 1993 and 1994 respectively. It will come as no surprise to learn that the east course of the East Sussex National is a great tournament layout”.

10th Ashdown Royal Forest (West)

“The West Course at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club follows in the bunker-less footsteps of its older brother, the Old. On the ladies’ course, the West may only be a par 68 or a modest length, but it’s a natural golfing pleasure”.

9th East Sussex National (West)

“The West Course is considered the more intimate and prettiest of the two courses at East Sussex National Golf Resort.”

‘Situated on elevated ground with lovely views of the Seven Sisters and the English Channel, Seaford is believed to be Sussex’s oldest golf club (founded in 1887) and is the archetypal downlad golf course, which has was designed by JH Taylor in 1907 and later modified by John Morrison’.

7th Mannings Heath (waterfall)

“The Waterfall course at Mannings Heath Golf Club is a magnificent West Sussex gem – part parkland, part downland and part moor.”

“The original Goodwood Downland golf course was designed by James Braid. It is now 7,100 meters but you will need to befriend a member to play here”.

‘Crowborough Beacon Golf Club is a rolling moorland delight. The course is laid out on the southern slopes of the East Sussex High Weald, 800 feet above sea level, offering panoramic views of the South Downs.

“Piltdown Golf Club’s bunker-free course was founded in 1904 and is laid out on common ground where the hazards of nature’s heather are challenging enough for even the best golfers.”

3rd Ashdown Royal Forest (former)

“The Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club is set in stunning surroundings, with fantastic views from the higher parts of the course across the forest and rolling Sussex countryside.”

‘Rye Golf Club was founded in 1894 and was the inaugural design of the 25 year old Harry Colt. With a meager par of 68 and a course that measures over 6,300 yards, Rye has to be one of Britain’s toughest courses.

“The West Sussex Golf Club is one of our favorite indoor courses. It is a pure pleasure to play golf on this lovely sandy outcrop of the moor”.

Michael C. Ford