Crowborough Beacon - Sussex - England

Crowborough Beacon Golf Club,
Beacon Road,
Crowborough,
East Sussex,
TN6 1UJ,
England


  • +44 (0) 1892 661511

  • Golf Club Website

  • 9 miles S of Tunbridge Wells

  • Contact in advance - weekends after 2pm

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.

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Description: There are similarities between Crowborough and its delightful near neighbour, Royal Ashdown Forest, with spectacular views across the treetops and springy heathland/moorland turf. Rating: 6.9 out of 10 Reviews: 21
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Royston Barnes
Excellent course with breathtaking views. Course has some challenging holes. Wonderful clubhouse with lovely facilities, food and friendly members. The view from the balcony is one if not the best in golf and one you will never forget. Overall a lovely day out and well worth a visit.
April 23, 2014
8 / 10
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Monty

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.

June 20, 2013
8 / 10
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lee majors
played here 3rd june 2011. despiite the dry weather course was in very good condition. greens excellent food lovely.
June 06, 2011
8 / 10
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tim g
Played here on a sunny day in february and it was fantastic. As everyone else has said, the views from the club house and first tee box are truly spectacular. It is not the longest track, but it is lovely to plot your way round a course rather than try to blast your way round a modern souless championship track. It may well be different in summer, but in February you still needed to drive well in distance not just accuracy to score well.The stand out holes are the difficult long second, the wonderful par 3, 6th, the long (because you cant just blast driver) par4, 12th and the elevated par 4 16th. There are no bad holes, but a few that dont match up to the high standards of the rest; the 3rd, the 8th and the 13th come to mind.A truly pleasurable experience from the pro shop welcome to the last putt on the 18th green.I will definately be returning as soon as possible
February 09, 2011
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
This course has some breathtaking views and must be one of the most scenic courses in the country. The views form the clubhouse are amazing and when your playing the 18th hole the clubhouse looks fantastic, almost like a mini Sunningdale. As for the course, it has some great holes, the picks being the 2nd, 6th, 12th and 16th, however on are visit the fairways were bone dry and the greens were rock hard and had little or no grass in patches. As a result it played very tough to hold any fairways and greens and we thought the course was unfair due to this. I like old fashioned courses, but this badly needs a watering system installed, would like to play it in the spring to see how it plays then. Great golf course, but could be so much better with some investment.
September 25, 2009
6 / 10
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John Holmes
October 31, 2010
Perhaps it's about time you came back to review the golf course once again?! John Holmes General Manager
seveng
un golf à visiter... Qu'est ce que la campagne est belle !!! Un excellent rapport qualité prix... Bien entretenu et peu fréquenté en semaine. Une trés jolie ballade...
May 25, 2009
6 / 10
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Keith Baxter
May 27, 2009
English translation of above review: Well worth a visit. The countryside is lovely!!! Very good value for money... Not crowded at all on weekdays, and in good condition. A lovely walk...
Robert Smith

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.

April 30, 2009
8 / 10
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Robert Michael Smith
March 18, 2012
I've rejoined thanks to the fantastic "County Membership" scheme!
Carl Statham
The view from the clubhouse is something to behold if the fog and mist clear. The morning I arrived only vague humps and mounds could be seen but by the afternoon the whole of East Sussex was laid out before you. The course is a good heathland course, nothing spectacular but very enjoyable, as with many of these heathland courses a lack of heath management has turned them into woodland courses and at times parkland courses. You can see that once upon a time this course was thick with heather but now they are slowly losing it as bracken, trees and gorse start to dominate, in fact there is a picture of the course before the war and you could see right across the course from the clubhouse and it was just a sea of heather. Despite that there is still plenty around to catch you out. The front nine is the stronger of the two with the second par three being a very challenging hole and the second, stoke index one, providing a good challenge. The back nine, until the last few holes is fairly flat but still very enjoyable with short and long par fours, but the last three holes are a very good combination. Only the thirteenth stands out as a very weak hole, not because it is a short par three but because it looks as if the greens committee have done everything in their power to make it a bland little nothing hole, they need to build up the silly little new bunkers and plant heather all around this hole and then it would be a great little heathland par three. A lot of people say it is like Royal Ashdown, but I disagree, Royal Ashdown is a wilder and more difficult track with many more blind shots. All said and done though it is a very nice heathland course which provides, off the whites, a strong enough challenge and you certainly won't feel cheated for coming out of the way to play it. It's also a very welcoming club with an excellent and very helpful pro shop.
October 26, 2007
6 / 10
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Phil
OK let's start with the good stuff! The view from the clubhouse is quite stunning. In fact stunning doesn't get there, it's magnificent, and that's being modest.However, this is a course you will love or hate. In summer the fairways are like concrete and, when you add this to tight, sloping fairways with fierce rough, this can be a frustrating course for long hitters. However, if you can keep it straight then you can do very well as, with the exception of the 18th, there's not much hitting to do. Short, straight hitters will love it. Long, crooked players will hate it. It's a good course and you'll really love it - it you like that kind of thing!
July 24, 2005
4 / 10
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Hugh
A lovely hidden gem with links-like fairways in the summer and beautiful springy turf in the winter. The views are worthy of the green fee alone and the club itself is warm and friendly. Well worth a visit.
February 23, 2005
6 / 10
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