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”.

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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Blairgowrie Golf Club

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...

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King James VI Golf Club

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...

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Cooden Beach Golf Club

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...

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Worthing Golf Club (Lower Course)

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...

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Slinfold Golf & Country Club

Type of course? Parkland Pleasant staff? Very nice Best hole? The 10th, purely because you have to tee off over a lake. Après golf? Nice cup of tea (with a biscuit!) before our round. Nice round? It...

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Lewes Golf Club

Type of course? Steep downland Pleasant staff? Nice pro Best hole? The 7th because you get to drive over the hill and then, as you walk up, a massive wind turbine slowly comes into view. Quite...

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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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