Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club Est. 1888

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Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club: Exuding plenty of heathland and woodland charm, the delightful Old Course at Royal Ashdown Forest meanders through beautiful rolling Sussex countryside. Along the way there are many fine views to admire, out onto the surrounding wooded hills. With longish carries from the tee boxes, and small heather-clad mounds providing good defences to the greens, the absence of any sand bunkers (due to local conservation laws) will not necessarily mean you are in for an easy time.

Set in the heart of the ancient Ashdown Forest, golfers appreciate that little has changed over the club’s long history. Heather, humps, hollows, pools and streams remain nature’s defence against shooting a low score. At 249 yards for both men and women, the downhill par-3 11th remains a bit of a monster; it's one of many excellent and challenging holes that make-up a fabulous back-nine.

Alongside the Old Course, and with its own clubhouse, Royal Ashdown Forest is also home to the charming and more tree-lined West Course. Although quite a bit shorter than the Old Course, the West also contains many wonderful golf holes, and is well worth including in your day's outing to Royal Ashdown Forest.

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Making Contact

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club
Chapel Lane, Forest Row,
nr East Grinstead, East Sussex RH18 5LR
England
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Office   +44 (0)1342 822 018
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1342 822 247
Fax

  +44 (0)1342 825 211

Email   office@royalashdown.co.uk
Website   www.royalashdown.co.uk
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Golf Pro
 
Tim Cowley (Head Professional) and his brother Sam Cowley (Asst Head Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Heathland course.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Woodland.
 
Designer: Archdeacon Scott (and others)
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6537 6236 5529
Par 72 72 73
SSS or Slope 71 70 73
 
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-68 West course (5,606 yds from back tees). The West course was laid out as a 9-hole course in 1889, then transformed to 18-holes in 1932 in time to host the English Ladies Championship. Today the West is open to golfers of all handicaps; tee time availability is rarely a problem and 3 and 4-ball play is welcome even at weekends. The West Course is surrounded by quiet woodland and defended by ample heather. An excellent course in its own right, its challenge lies not in length, but in the demand for accuracy and course management.
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How2Get There?

14 miles W of Crawley
Leave the M23 motorway at exit 10. Follow the A264 direction East Grinstead. After 5.7 mi turn right at T-junction onto the A22. Follow A22 through East Grinstead direction Eastbourne/Forest Row. In Forest Row turn left onto the B2110 direction Tun Wells. After 50 yds turn left at mini-roundabout, still B2110 to Tun Wells. After o.4 miles turn right at chapel into Chapel Lane. After o.4 mls at top of hill turn left into golf and follow signs to clubhouse.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes on the Old Course in high season (May thru' Oct): weekdays £70; weekends £90. [Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. The Old Course is traditionally a 2-ball course, i.e. singles and foursomes. 3-ball and 4-ball golf is permitted at certain times.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at all times.

Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

Ashdown Forest & Tunbridge Wells Golf Club was formed in 1888, with "Tunbridge Wells" being dropped from the name in 1901. When the great Bobby Locke played here in 1936 he went round in a score of 72, scoring 4 at every one of the 18 holes.

Queen Victoria conferred the Royal prefix on Ashdown Forest GC in 1893, based on the patronage of her cousin the Duke of Cambridge. By royal prerogative, 19 English golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Ascot, Ashdown Forest, Birkdale, Blackheath, Cinque Ports, Cromer, Eastbourne, Epping Forest, Household (Windsor Castle), Liverpool (Hoylake), Lytham & St Annes, Mid-Surrey, North Devon (Westward Ho!), Norwich, St George's, West Norfolk (Brancaster), Wimbledon, Winchester, Worlington & Newmarket.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: 85th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (51.088759)
Longitude: (0.042132)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club 4-star
Wych Cross, Forest Row, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex RH18 5JR
+44 (0)1342 824 988
www.ashdownpark.com

Surrounded by Ashdown Forest, which inspired A.A. Milne's Winnie The Pooh stories, the Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club offers luxury accommodation and amenities in the heart of East Sussex. This country house hotels offers a combination of elegance, style, award-winning dining and outstanding business and leisure facilities.

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