East Sussex National (East) - Sussex - England

East Sussex National Golf Resort,
Little Horsted,
Uckfield,
East Sussex,
TN22 5ES,
England


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  • Bob Cupp

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On the East course at East Sussex National Golf Resort, Gordon Brand Jnr. and David Gilford won the European Opens in 1993 and 1994 respectively. It will come as no surprise to hear that East Sussex National’s East course is a big tournament layout.

Bob Cupp designed the course, using bent grass from green to tee. In 1990, after two years in the making, it opened for play. The East is laid out in an American, stadium-styled design – no wonder, because Cupp is American. The earth certainly moved here, because huge mounds flank many of the holes – making ideal vantage points for thousands of spectators. The layout wends its way across the rolling, undulating hills of the South Downs.

Cupp has designed a cracking course that will test every level of golfer. The huge East course measures more than 7,100 yards from the back tees. But don’t be disillusioned; there are numerous forward tees to choose from. Putting is a real pleasure on the immaculate, manicured greens – no excuses for three putting. Driving is also thrilling – you can really open your shoulders and let rip. This is a relatively open course, with generous fairways. Thankfully, the rough is normally kept under control.

There are many testing holes and memorable ones too. But without a shadow of doubt, the piece de resistance is the 17th, a 450-yard par four. From the tee, everything is laid out clearly in front of you – it’s a daunting prospect. There’s a wily creek lying to the right of the green. It widens and narrows and widens again, almost reaching back to the tee. At all costs, the tee-shot must avoid the creek, leaving an approach across the water to a large, receptive and inviting green.

The whole East Sussex Nation complex is massive, from the car park and clubhouse, to the two excellent courses (East and West). In the British Isles, the level of customer service at East Sussex National is second to none. They certainly know how to look after you – your clubs will be cleaner at the end of the day, than at the start.

We thoroughly recommend a day playing the East and the West. It will be tiring – but well worth the effort. Take the pressure off and treat yourself to a buggy for the afternoon round.

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Description: Gordon Brand Jnr. and David Gilford won the European Opens here in 1993 and 1994 respectively. It will come as no surprise to hear that East Sussex National’s East course is a big tournament layout. Rating: 6.3 out of 10 Reviews: 15
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After watching the East course on Sky Sports for the Euro Pro Tour, we were very excited to finally be playing the course and in great conditions. We were greeted off the elevated tee by a friendly martial who settled our nerves with some gentle banter.

The first hole is a par 4 straight down a gentle slope to a green beyond a brook running just prior to the front of the slender but wide green. It's a really good first hole because it's a welcoming drive, but a thoughtful approach. The 2nd is a tempting par 5 with a slight dogleg to the left which has a tree on the right hand side of the fairway, East Sussex National (East) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer potentially blocking out glory

The 5th is a charming par 4 down a hill to a green just beyond a little brook. The 7th is an engaging par 5 which snakes round to the left arriving at a green framed by trees. The 10th hole is a cracking par 5 which when you get over the crest of the fairway from your tee shot, you look downwards to a picturesque risk or reward 2nd shot as the green has a slope at the front, which runs into a watery trench. There are also trees which can potentially block your chance at reaching the green in two.

The 11th can create some drama with bunkers and a steep drop off to the right of the green. The 12th is all about making sure you are in the right hand side of the fairway sufficiently to avoid the large tree on the fairway to the left. The tree will dictate what kind of approach you have.

The 15th hole starts the beginning of a really good stretch of finishing holes. It is a relatively straight par 4 uphill all the way to the green where the pressure is getting some good distance off the tee. The 16th is a scintillating par 3 with water leading up to the right hand side of the kidney bean shaped green with bunkers front right and at the back. The green is also framed in an American style fescue which provides East Sussex National (East) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer a visceral contrast. The 17th is an excellent 2 parter. The tee shot forces you to lay up short of the water before the approach shot over water to an elevated green. The beauty of the hole is that you want to be as close to the water as possible or you will have a long shot into the green. The final hole is a good finishing hole. You tee off to an invitingly generous uphill fairway which then winds its way to the left and up a fairly steep slope to a thin, but long slanted green. You will probably only have a short iron in to the final hole with the impressive clubhouse in the backdrop, but it is the bunkers on the left you will want to avoid.

We stayed at the East Sussex National and only played the East course but we really enjoyed the the whole experience and thought the American resort style course was more than interesting enough to hold our attention. The course was in very good condition and the greens ran perfectly to make for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

March 08, 2019
6 / 10
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Goffy
24 of us stayed and played at East Sussex National a few weeks ago and all agreed it was a great place for a society. The service in both the hotel and golf areas was excellent. Our clubs were cleaned and loaded on the buggies every day and nothing was too much trouble. The practice facilities are also very good. The East course is the longer more difficult of the two. Plenty of length off the tee needed to leave easier shots to the greens but most of the par 5's were reachable and good birdie chances. The par 3 16th is a stunning little hole, played over water into the wind to an angled green, it was tough - if you walk off with a 3 you should be pleased.
June 02, 2013
6 / 10
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Andy
I think the East course is a little tougher than the West here at the East Sussex National and although not as pretty probably hangs together very well - I imagine the better golfers would give the East the nod over the West. Great first hole which for some bizarre reason made me think of a parkland version of the famous opening hole on the Old course at St. Andrews - with a fairly easy drive but with water in front of the green ready to swallow anything short. I had a 'groundhog' moment at the 8th tee that I had the previous day on the West course's 16th tee - a very disppointing par-3, this is a little longer (104-149 yards) but feels out of place on a decent course. Once the 8th hole has been played, it could be easy to mention every hole in a good way... The 10th is the best par-5 on the whole 36-hole complex, blind-drive, downhill lay-up and a pitch over more water - quality. Variety of holes like the West is memorable, only three times are you presented with back- to-back holes with the same par which is a huge positive - I know courses that have a run of 11 par-4's! As well as having my favourite par-5 this course also has my choice of par-3 - the 16th is over water, over a bunker to a narrow green. The stay and play experience here has to be recommended - the staff and the service are really good and in all honesty it is difficult to be negative at all.
August 29, 2010
6 / 10
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phin
Got stuck behind two fourballs for 5 hours who refused to let us through. A nice course but staff and marshalls arrogant. When we finished our round there was 'no one availabIe' to complain to. Sent an email to them to complain and never received a response - conjusive of their attitude. At £65 I was very disappointed.
April 28, 2010
2 / 10
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seveng
Un joli parcours avec de belles infrastructures, trés bien entretenu... a noter l'excellence et la gentillesse du personel...
May 25, 2009
8 / 10
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Keith Baxter
May 27, 2009
English translation of above review: A lovely course and nice infrastructures, very well maintained... Excellent and friendly staff...
Carl Tushingham
I think this course is underated due to the more famous West course here. This is a great course aswell with lots of well placed water and bunkers. The condition of the course was fantastic from tee to green. Some great risk and reward par 5's that offer up good birdie chances. Received great service at the hotel too, nice touch that they clean your clubs for you too!! Well worth a weekend away, 2 great courses, great service and a super modern hotel.
September 11, 2008
8 / 10
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Shaun
Played both the East and West courses with an overnight stay at the attached hotel. Thought the West course was significantly better than the East specifically the back nine which was very good. Service within the pro shop and clubhouse was excellent, sadly this can not be said of the hotel which was truly dreadful
June 03, 2007
4 / 10
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Stefan Froud
Good but nothing special. Its ranking seems right! I dont understand why its so popular! I think its reputation had made it seem bigger and better than it really is. Worth playing but theres plenty better courses elsewhere in Sussex. West Sussex, Royal Ashdown Forest and Rye!
April 06, 2006
4 / 10
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barry moulder
Played both courses here on a package day, but slightly preferred the West course, however if I could pick out my favourite holes of the day, the majority would be from the East course, this course just doesnt feel quite as polished as the West and isnt quite as pretty.Dont let that distract you though, I would honestly go as far as saying this is in my top 10 in Southern England. Excellent value and very friendly.
April 02, 2006
8 / 10
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josephus
Played here yesterday, my first of any on this website so by no means an expert. That said, what a day out...The experience overall is top notch. Quite an American feel to it, with brilliant service, but it was very quiet, we finished in just over 3 1/2 hours.Course was in great condition, the greens are fast and subtly tricky. Lots of options if you don't fancy the back sets of tees, recommend the whites if you don't play often. The East is fairly open, though, so you can give it a rip.I'll definitely be going again and you can't get much better value anywhere.
August 09, 2005
8 / 10
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