Crowborough Beacon Golf Club is an undulating heathland delight. The course is laid out on the southern slopes of the East Sussex High Weald, 800ft above sea level, affording panoramic views of the South Downs.
Golf at Crowborough began modestly in 1895, with nine holes laid out simply on the Alchorne estate. In 1905, the course was extended to 18 holes. Can anyone answer the elementary question as to who designed the course? Or perhaps we should assign Sherlock Holmes to the case? The author of the famous novels, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was the Club Captain of Crowborough Beacon in 1910, and he lived close to his beloved course.
We still don’t know who originally designed Crowborough Beacon, but the club recently acquired a rare book, written by Bernard Darwin and published in 1926, entitled “The Crowborough Beacon Golf Club Ltd”. In this book, Darwin refers to ‘ingenious’ work that Dr Alister MacKenzie had carried out at the club. Apparently the Dr redesigned eight Crowborough holes and the club has now officially been added to the worldwide list of clubs associated with the famous architect.
There are similarities between Crowborough and its delightful near neighbour, Royal Ashdown Forest, with spectacular views across the treetops and springy heathland/moorland turf. There are, however, bunkers at Crowborough that punctuate an otherwise natural landscape.
Accuracy, rather than length, is all-important. The course measures a little over 6,200 yards but finding the right position on the fairways is easier said than done, and hitting the small greens is also a challenge. Crowborough has many fine holes, but the signature hole is a par three called “The Speaker”. Measuring 190 yards from the back tees, the tee-shot must be struck across a gully, whilst avoiding a large, threatening pit that lurks to the left of the green.
It’s an enchanting, pretty golf course and also a genuine member’s golf club. But you can be assured of a warm welcome. They will make your visit enjoyable and memorable because they have a long history of entertaining. We’re sure that you’ll be captivated by the charm of Crowborough Beacon.
Played here on 13th June 2013. Tees were good, fairways very good, greens were a nice pace and smooth. Some lovely views. Some really good holes such as 2 6. 7. 12 16. And 18. I found the course to be challenging but enjoyable and in very good condition.
I was a member here between 1987 and 2000 and had to leave due to a house move to the coast. It is one of my biggest regrets having to leave the club because even after 13 years of membership I never tired of the place.Not particularly long, but some wicked carries if you are not driving well, and some wicked bounces even if you are! My Brother refused to play here because he felt it unfair, but that's Crowborough Beacon for you. You'll either love it or vow never to return. It is set in beautiful countryside, and as others have mentioned, the views on a sunny day are a pleasure to behold.Great holes (for me at least) were the 2nd, 6th, 10th, 16th and 18th. The 2nd (par 4) and the 6th (par 3) could find their way onto any golf course in the land and be considered gems.Clubhouse could be a little "stuffy" at times, but isn't that the same with the older, more established clubs? If I lived closer, I would rejoin in the blink of an eye and quite happily play the course for the rest of my golfing years (as long as my old knees could stand it). Recommended if you are in the area.