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”.

Colchester Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Yes Best hole? None stood out Après golf? Mediocre nachos for me, mediocre egg and salmon sandwich for Charlotte Nice round? We were both very disappointed...

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Bicester Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland. Pleasant staff? Wonderful, all of them, especially the bar staff who always gave me two pieces of shortbread with coffee. Best hole? The first two times I played the 17th,...

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Hollingbury Park Golf Course

Type of course? Downland. Pleasant staff? Yes. Best hole? I liked the 12th because I love risk/reward holes. It’s a short par 4, so the driver isn’t needed, especially as the entrance to...

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Sweetwoods Park Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland/Downland Pleasant staff? Did their job Best hole? I really liked the 18th. It’s a short par 4 with a tree in the middle of the fairway, which makes for a tricky drive,...

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Nevill Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Really, really lovely golf pro. He couldn’t have made us feel more welcome. Best hole? I really enjoyed every hole, but the 14th par 4 (SI 1 for women)...

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Haywards Heath Golf Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Nice friendly pro Best hole? None stood out Après golf? This was an after-work practice round for an important match (not for me), so the clubhouse was...

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Rusper Golf Club

Type of course? Trees and ditches Pleasant staff? Lovely – we particularly appreciated them bringing us bottles of cold water while we were playing Best hole? None stood out Après golf? Great...

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Horsham Golf and Fitness

Type of course? Parkland. Pleasant staff? Yes. Best hole? None stood out. Après golf? It was a match, so we had average quiche and salad afterwards. Nice round? My opponent was lovely and I played...

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Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Links. Pleasant staff? Again, no pro shop. Is it a Northern thing? Again, efficient and nice service from the ladies behind the bar. Best hole? The 13th par 3. It’s not really about...

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Bamburgh Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Northumbrian clifftops. Pleasant staff? No pro shop, so the efficient lady behind the bar took our green fees and told us where to find scorecards while cleaning the lines and...

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