Down St, Piltdown,
nr Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 3XB
18 holes. Tree-lined heathland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original design by Royal Ashdown GC professional Jack Rowe (1904). Later revisions by J.H. Taylor, Frank Pennink and club member Philip Russell-Vick.
2.5 mi NW of Uckfield / 18 miles NE of Brighton.
From Black Down roundabout on the A26/A22 (2 mi N of Uckfield), turn right onto A22 direction East Grinstead. After o.7 mi at Batts Bridge roundabout turn left onto A272 direction Haywards Heath. After 1 mi turn left at golf club sign. Golf is 300 yds on your left. Alternatively, from the A23 (London-Brighton road) take the A272 direction Haywards Heath then Uckfield. After 14 mi on A272 golf club sign is on your right.
Piltdown Golf Club: This pleasant wooded heathland layout occupies a high plateau location on the Sussex Weald. There is nothing overly dramatic or spectacular about the course: scenic views are limited, there are no sand bunkers and only a few water hazards. But don't think all will be plain sailing. Stray too far offline and you'll doubtless find the abundance of heather and occasional gorse that lines the fairways.
Although a bit on the short side, Piltdown is a good challenge for golfers of any level. Although an absence of sand bunkers, various contemporary accounts and drawings suggest there were some in the early days. Nowadays it's the heather that provides the layout's main defence.
Over the last few years the removal of several trees has contributed to opening-up the course and returning it to closer to its original form. And with that work come improved views of the course and the surrounding countryside, including the beautiful Piltdown Pond.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends after 11am.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Cash or UK cheque only. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course.
Piltdown is situated in a very picturesque part of East Sussex, and surrounded by many local attractions and things to do when not on the golf course, not least Ashdown Forest, Sheffield Park & Gardens, and the local town of Lewes (home to the Harvey's Brewery). The area is also famed for the discovery of the "hoax" skull of prehistoric Piltdown Man.
England: 66th best course in England (Golf World, 2021).
Buxted, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 4AY
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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.
Crowborough Beacon; Piltdown; East Sussex National.
Hever Castle; Royal Ashdown Forest.
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