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Crowborough Beacon Golf Club

Beacon Rd,

Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1UJ

  • Office

    +44 (0)1892 661 511
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1892 661 511
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1892 667 339
  • Golf pro

    Dennis Newnham (PGA Professional).
  • Academy

    Crowborough Beacon Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Heathland course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (with one notable climb at the par-4 5th).

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and open heathland.

  • Designer:

    Original designer unknown. Dr Alister MacKenzie was commissioned to make substantial design improvements in the 1920s.

SSS or slope






How to get there:

18 miles SE of Crawley

From the M25 motorway leave at exit 5 and take the A21 direction Sevenoaks. After 10 mi exit onto the A26 direction Tunbridge Wells/Crowborough. After approx 12 mi go through Crowborough. Golf Club is located on your left on the A26, just south of Crowborough (8 mi south of Tunbridge Wells; 5 mi north of Uckfield).

Crowborough Beacon Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1895

Crowborough Beacon Golf Club: Glorious views onto the beautiful South Downs are in plentiful supply on this excellent, mature heathland golf course. Now well over 100 years old, the course sits in the High Weald at the highest point in Sussex (nearly 800ft above sea level). Recognised as one of the best "hidden" gems in the south of England, more and more golfers are discovering "The Adventures of ... " golf at Crowborough (see Did You Know section, below).

Many trees (especially oak, birch and pine) have grown along the generally good-width fairways since the course was first established, but not to detract from the heathland splendour of this very natural layout. The accuracy of your game will be tested by several sloping fairways, hitting them is no guarantee of staying on them ... as is the case with the relatively small subtly sloping greens. Defending the greens, you'll find as many grassy hollows as you will sand bunkers.

Most of the layout is pleasantly undulating, although there is one quite stiff climb at the par-4 5th (Spion Kop). Around the turn on this out-and-back layout is where you'll find some of Crowborough's finest holes, laid out on gently undulating classic heathland terrain ... with plenty of views beyond the course. The maintenance and presentation of the course is usually excellent.

Pick of the holes: among many excellent holes, the par-3 6th (The Speaker) will challenge the best. At 190 yards from the back tees, this signature hole requires a carry over a deep gully that threatens in front of, and left of the green.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): weekdays £85; weekends £95.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

In 1910, Crowborough Beacon elected as its Club Captain Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a former President of Hindhead Golf Club and famous author of the Sherlock Holmes novels. For a major part of his life Sir Arthur lived in "Little Windlesham House" just above the Crowborough Beacon golf course. From his study window, he could see the course, while also writing the later "Adventures of ... Sherlock Holmes". The connection to the golf club was very much a family affair, with his wife Lady Conan Doyle captaining the ladies' section at one stage, and his son Kingsley also a club member and keen golfer.

Crowborough's par-3 6th hole, known as "The Speaker”, takes it name from a former member and Speaker of the House of Commons, a Mr. William Gully, who deposited his drive with regularity into ... the gully in front of the green!


  • Ashdown Park Hotel5-star

    Wych Cross, Forest Row, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex RH18 5JR

    +44 (0)1342 824 988

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    Overlooking 186 acres of parkland and surrounded by Ashdown Forest, the Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club offers the height of luxury in the heart of East Sussex. Country house hotels in Sussex don’t come more luxurious, or offer such an impressive combination of elegance, style, award winning dining and outstanding business and leisure facilities.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Royal Ashdown Forest

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Tandridge; Hever Castle; Mannings Heath; Piltdown; East Sussex Natl.; Crowborough Beacon.

  • Buxted Park Hotel4-star

    Buxted, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 4AY

    +44 (0)845 072 7412

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    This magnificent Georgian Palladian mansion, dating back to the 17th century and set in 312 acres of superb parkland, has played host to the rich and famous for centuries. As you pass the Eagle topped pillars and enter Buxted Park, sweeping down the long drive past the 13th century church, you are transported to a world where everyone is treated like a royalty.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Crowborough Beacon; Piltdown; East Sussex National.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Hever Castle; Royal Ashdown Forest.

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