This blog post explains how this page came about, but in substance, this is it: during my Captain’s year, I’ve decided to go on a little tour of the courses of Sussex (and beyond, work permitting) and play with a member wherever I go. I’m hoping they’ll tell me stories about their course and what they love about it. This way, I’ll see them in a completely different light from a regular visitor. So don’t expect critical reviews that will assess course condition, length and other technical aspects. My course reviews will be closer to love letters from the people who know them best. When I can’t play with a member, or when I play a match, I’ll answer a few basic questions. That’s what I did for the courses I played in Portugal a few weeks ago.
To see the review of each golf course, click on the flag, then on the link following “HLAP review” under “description”.
Type of course? North Pennines moorland Pleasant staff? Couldn’t have been more welcoming Best hole? The signature 15th par 3 is simply delightful. You have to hit over a beautiful babbling...read more
Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? We didn’t really deal with anyone – the electricity was off, so we were told to tee off whenever we could and the alarm was screaming as we...read more
Type of course? Downland/parkland Peak District-stylee Pleasant staff? Yes Best hole? I loved the SI 18 5th. It’s a short downhill par 4 with a dogleg left, so it’s all about picking the...read more
Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Very Best hole? The 5th par 5. It’s quite short at 439 yards, but there is water on both sides and the entrance to the green is extremely narrow, with...read more
Type of course? I’m not saying it’s crazy hilly, but stick a couple of chairlifts on it and you have a decent ski resort. Pleasant staff? Really, really lovely and chatty. Best hole? The...read more
Type of course? Legendary Pleasant staff? Jolly, jokey volunteers all delighted with their purple waterproofs. Best hole? We sat on the 16th on the last day, which is where the momentum turned for...read more
Type of course? Scottish gorgeousness Pleasant staff? Absolutely lovely, all of them and they gave Charlotte courtesy of the course. Best hole? The 16th because the tee box is behind a wee loch that...read more
Type of course? Flat as a pancake river island with trees Pleasant staff? As welcoming as can be, as were the two chatty members who were busy painting the women’s changing room. Best...read more
Type of course? Is it a lush links course? Is it a parkland course with few trees? Is it more of a hybrid? Who knows, who cares. Pleasant staff? Yes, and also very jovial, friendly male members on...read more
Type of course? Downland Pleasant staff? Bit grumpy behind the bar! Best hole? I enjoyed the 10th for its elevated tee and interesting shape, with quite a narrow area to land your ball and an even...read more