H. S. Colt
The Old Course at Rye, beyond the Cinque Ports and Romney Marshes, offers a living history of English golf, embodying as it does all the finer points of play by the ocean. The iconic red roof and plastered walls of the clubhouse sum up the club's charms, which at first seem modest but become increasingly more endearing. The 1st starts things off with an obscured shot from the tee. Every hole has its own special allure and defense, but the shorter holes are what really make the Old Course stand out. Thus the 4th plays through a crosswind to a narrow, deeply banked fairway, and the wind is similarly in play at the tee offs from the 6th and 13th, where the level of risk is proportionate to the thrill of a decent shot. There is something here for every golfer, and the course is definitely worth repeated visits.