Golf Club Lane, Wiggonholt,
Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 2EN
18 holes. Tree-lined & open heathland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and open rural countryside.
Original design by the firm Ferigna (Cecil K. Hutchison, Sir Guy Campbell & Col. Stafford V. Hotchkin).
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].
West Sussex Golf Club: this prestigious members club, where visitors are made most welcome on weekdays, is home to a beautiful heathland golf course, often referred to as Pulborough. Weekend rounds can also be arranged, but tee-time availability is much more restricted than on weekdays.
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 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 all-round shot-making.
The course at West Sussex has changed little since it was first laid out in the early 1930s. Perhaps the biggest change resulted from the early planting of birch and pine trees, which has created a more "wooded" heathland feel to many holes. 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 out there to threaten tee and approach shots alike.
The pictures and paintings hanging in the clubhouse are well worth a look. They clearly depict how the course has evolved since its original "open heathland" heyday. The painting of the 18th hole by Oliver Hall (hanging in the members' lounge) is a good case in point.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
Cash or UK cheque only. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course.
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.
GB&I: 30th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
England: 18th best course in England (Golf World, 2021).
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