There’s not a lot to choose between Crowborough Beacon and Royal Ashdown Forest in the Sussex rankings and one earlier reviewer suggests Crowborough should be ahead of Royal Ashdown. IMO RAF is well ahead of Crowborough because RAF has at least five world class holes, whereas Crowborough has only a couple. And the first of these is the boomerang shaped 2nd with its do-or-die approach over a deep gully. It’s such a tough par four to encounter so early in the round. The second great hole was the tough one shot 6th but the angle of the tee was changed which architecturally spoilt the hole – thankfully the original tee is being reintroduced.
Don’t get me wrong, Crowborough is a good golf course worthy of its place in the English rankings but it hasn’t got the wonderful canted greensites and the thrilling carries of RAF which in my view is under appreciated.
Date: May 22, 2017