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”.

Chestfield Golf Club

Type of course? Undulating parkland Pleasant staff?  Yes Best hole?  15th par 4, just because I love whacking the ball from an elevated tee. Après golf? Covid restrictions meant that having a drink...

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Dorset Golf and Country Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Everyone was very nice Best hole? The slight dogleg par 4 over the water, as you have to decide if you’re going to risk going over the water for your...

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West Sussex Golf Club

Type of course? Heathland Pleasant staff? Very nice Best hole? 6th par 3. Oh the frisson of excitement as you decide to take on the lake. Après golf? Frites kindly donated by another competitor...

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Hotchkin course @ Woodhall Spa

Type of course? Difficult big girl heathland course Pleasant staff? Very nice chatty starter Best hole? None stood out. They’re all great/horrible. Après golf? Quick drink outside before our...

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Appleby Golf Club

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...

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Barnard Castle Golf Club

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...

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Ashbourne Golf Club

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...

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Pitlochry Golf Club

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...

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Gleneagles

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...

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