East Sussex National is set out in a vast expanse of land in the Sussex countryside. Equipped with two courses, a hotel, restaurant and Spa, ESN is set up for golfing retreats or corporate getaways.
The West Course is generally seen as the Premier of the two Parkland courses and I would agree with this sentiment.
It’s a very well designed course, with a great mix of holes and it’s a lot of fun to play. There are plenty of holes that really make you think and different strategies come into play right throughout. Finding the right part of the fairway is key and also the correct part of the green as they are often tiered and undulating.
The course reminds me a little of The Grove, but for one key element, the conditioning. The West Course needs some investment to bring it back to former glories. Fairways were patchy, there are a fair few bunkers under repair and a couple of the greens need some treatment. This is not the case throughout the course, but often enough to notice.
The course has all the necessaries in its design and variance and is really not far off being a very good course, but a bit of TLC is needed.
Favourite holes for me we the cleverly bunkers Par 5 2nd, the cracking dog leg right Par 4 10th with an approach over water to a tiered green and the excellent Par 5 12th with a creek running through the fairway and up the right hand side requiring three very good shots for a GIR. There’s a lot of good stuff here, it’ll be interesting to see what the future holds on whether it wants to be a elite course, or a corporate venue.
Date: September 29, 2020