Overview of golf course named West Sussex Golf Club

West Sussex Golf Club

Pulborough, England

Details

Holes

18

Par

68

Built

1930

Type

Inland

Architect

Sir Guy Campbell,Major C K Hutchison

Access

Visitors welcomed

Located in the South Downs toward London, not far from Hove and Brighton, the contoured grounds of the West Sussex Golf Club blend seamless into its rural setting of scenic evergreen and birch woods atop sandy soil, as is typical of layouts in the first half of the twentieth century. Overlooking the course is the enigmatic circle of trees known as the Chanctonbury Ring that gives its name to a yearly competition here. The balance is nice, in that tight fairways lead to correspondingly tiny greens. The course presents a sequential pair of par 3s, namely the 5th and 6th, though the latter hole was only downgraded from a par 4 with the advent of modern golf balls and steel-shafted clubs. Measuring under 6000 meters off the tips, West Sussex is of modest length, and its challenges come from some blind shots, for which reason it rewards repeated play.

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Hcp 9 Bearwood Lakes Golf Club
Fabulous
September 04, 2018
My idea of golfing heaven without a weak hole from start to finish. West Sussex is visual delight with a wonderfully eclectic mix of holes, with no two even close to looking similar. You play in all directions of the compass before arriving back at the clubhouse for a well-earned drink. Being a two-ball only course rounds generally take no more than 3 hours so 36 holes in a day is the norm whenever I’ve visited. Of the many highlights, the back to back par’s 3 on the front nine are my favourites although either (or both) can wreck a scorecard, especially the stunning 6th hole which is played from an elevated tee, over a large pond with serious trouble left and right of a long slender sloping green…and it’s about 220 yards long! Never disappointed with a bogey here. The overall scorecard yardage may appear fairly short but that’s only because par is 68 from the Men’s tees. With only a sole par 5 to attack, numerous long par 4’s and two very difficult long par 3’s amongst the five excellent ‘short’ holes, West Sussex is a tough course to tame. Strike it well, keep it out of the heather and gorse and I’ve heard that it’s possible to score well here. Uttering enchanting, without a doubt one of my favourite courses.
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Hcp 2 Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Fabulous
March 19, 2017
I'm quite fortunate to be able to play so many quality layouts and Pulborough is one of my favourite courses so I maybe a little bias, but the West Sussex is exceptional. Sure there are some drawbacks which let me get out of the way first; for an inland course it is quite remote and a bit of an effort to get to from London. Its not a big club and a few years ago it lost its conditions, plus in the summer it lacks fairway watering. The iconic 6th is a weird par 3/4 where you have to hit a wood into a sloping green heavily protected by heather, water features on 14/15 which feel a tad incongruous. Some of the fairways are small and lack definition, occasionally you have to play over what seems a fairway for a neighbouring hole. The pluses are numerous, every visit is greeted by an oasis set in the middle of the Sussex countryside, and you will rarely see another group. A classic layout, lots of variety and character, American style bunkering, large, asymmetrical and shaggy in appearance, a thinker's course where you occasionally have to shape it off the tee, and asks you to plot your way round. The greens can be a menace too, quick and undulating. But have a good day and you can go deep. A beautiful setting in the middle of the Sussex countrywide which a peach of a view from the clubhouse overlooking the 1st and 18th fairways.
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