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”.

Tyrells Wood Golf Club

Type of course? Undulating parkland Pleasant staff? Lovely Best hole? The 10th. It’s 299 yards and all downhill, so it’s very satisfying to see a good drive sail towards the left of the...

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Golfklubbúr Mosfellsbæjar

Type of course? Links as it’s right by the sea, but not really according to this definition. Too much lava, not enough sand. Pleasant staff? Very lovely and chatty, in perfect English of...

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Purdis Heath Ipswich Golf Club

Type of course? Heathland Pleasant staff? Helpful pro Best hole? The 4th is a brilliant par 4 with the fairway suddenly ending in a steep grass slope/precipice with the green far below.  Après golf?...

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Hunstanton Golf Club

Type of course? Links Pleasant staff? Nice and welcoming Best hole? The 18th because it was the last one Après golf? Nice pre golf tuna sandwich in the company of the two ducks who come every day...

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Royal Cromer Golf Club

Type of course? Heavenly clifftop links Pleasant staff? Yes Best hole? The signature hole is the 14th leading to the lighthouse, but the 9th par 3 is particularly daunting and beautiful, with seven...

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Thetford Golf Club

Type of course? It’s described as heathland, but really, it’s more of an enchanted forest type of course. Pleasant staff? Very nice. Best hole? There is no standout hole golfing wise,...

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Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club

Type of course? The Old Course is all heather, slopes and forest (unsurprisingly). Pleasant staff? Lovely pro. Best hole? The 249 yard par 3. Elevated tee, big space, heather left and right and the...

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East Sussex National Golf Club

Type of course? Undulating parkland. Pleasant staff? It’s a huge business, with a hotel and two courses, so the service is professional, but quite impersonal.  Best hole? We played both West...

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Torrey Pines Golf Course

My first guest review! Charlotte is on a business trip in California and was lucky enough to play this very famous course that I’d never heard about. Type of course? Iconic and jolly famous....

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Palheiro Golf

Type of course? Hilly. So so hilly. Pleasant staff? Yes. Best hole? The 18th because if I tonked my drive, I was able to get on the green in two provided I avoided the bunkers on the right. I just...

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