West Sussex Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   West Sussex Golf Club Est. 1931

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West Sussex Golf Club: This beautiful undulating heathland course, close to the South Downs, brings to mind other English gems such as Sunningdale, Hankley Common or Woodhall Spa. West Sussex prides itself as a strong “members club”, though midweek visitors are made most welcome. Playing as an outside visitor at weekends is also possible, though less easy to arrange than a weekday round.

The course, complete with its silver-sanded bunkers, mature Scots pines and copious quantities of heather, has some wonderful par-3 holes and a fine array of straight and doglegging par-4s. There is just one par-5 for men (five for women), which comes right up front.

Some areas of the course are more wooded than others, although it's the clinging heather rather than trees that will pose the biggest threat should you stray too far offline. Although only a par 68, this is a wonderfully challenging course that lays down an excellent test for your shot-making, both long and short.

The layout at West Sussex has changed little since it was first established. Perhaps the biggest change came with the planting of birch and pine trees in the 1930s, from which time some parts of this open heathland course started to take on a more wooded heathland feel. Inevitably some holes were lengthened to keep pace with the modern game, while the sixth was at some point changed from a dog-leg par-4 to the present formidable straight par-3. The only other alteration of note has been the loss of some of the original bunkering, although there's still plenty there to threaten tee and approach shots alike.

It is well worth taking a look at the pictures and paintings hanging in the clubhouse. They give a good impression how the course looked in its original "open heathland" heydays. The painting of the 18th hole by Oliver Hall (hanging in the members' lounge) is a good case in point.

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West Sussex Golf Club
Golf Club Lane, Wiggonholt,
Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 2EN
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Office   +44 (0)1798 872 563
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1798 872 426

  +44 (0)1798 872 033

Email   secretary@westsussexgolf.co.uk
Website   www.westsussexgolf.co.uk
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Golf Pro
Tim Packham (Head Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open heathland.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
Surroundings: Woodland and open rural countryside.
Designer: Sir Guy Campbell, Major C.K. 'Cecil' Hutchison & Colonel S.V. 'Stafford' Hotchkin.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6355 5961 5596
Par 68 68 73
SSS or Slope 70 69 73
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How2Get There?

18 miles NW of Brighton
Follow the M23 past Gatwick to exit 11, then take A264 direction Horsham. After 6.5 mi turn left at Great Daux roundabout, onto the A24 direction Worthing. After 14.2 mi turn right at Washington roundabout onto the A283 direction Pulborough / Storrington. After 5 mi (passing through Storrington) turn right into Golf Club Lane. Follow lane for o.5 mi to golf. [Heading SE on the A283 from Pulborough golf turning is on your left after 1.5 mi].

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): Mon-Thur £85; Fri-Sun £95. [Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, packages, etc]. Cash or UK cheque only.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.  Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at all times.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

It was Commander George Hillyard (RN) who conceived the idea of a golf club on sandy farmland at Wiggonholt near Pulborough. His house overlooked an area of heather and marsh which he thought would make an idyllic setting for a natural course. The land was subsequently purchased and then leased to the newly formed West Sussex Golf Club. | Hillyard's first love was tennis rather than golf. In 1908, he won Olympic gold at the London games, playing doubles alongside Reginald Doherty. Under Hillyard's supervision as secretary of the All England Club (1907-25), the Wimbledon Championships were moved to their current site at Church Road. Hillyard was also a first-class cricketer, playing at various times for Middlesex and MCC.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: 27th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (50.940474)
Longitude: (-0.477734)
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