East Sussex National (West) - Sussex - England

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


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  • Russell Lines

  • Bob Cupp

  • Sarah MacLennan

The West course is considered to be the more intimate, and the prettier of the two courses at the East Sussex National Golf Resort. Once the reserve of the members, the West course can now be played as part of a visitor’s package.

Bob Cupp designed both courses and they opened for play in 1990. Cupp used bent grass from tee to green, and the result is an American-styled course, with plenty of definition between the various cuts of grass. The West is the longer of the two courses, measuring a massive 7,154 yards from the back tees. Host to the Challenge Tour Championships between 1995-1998, the West course represents a serious test of golf. It was also used for the European Tour Qualifying School between 1994-1997. But don’t be put off, there are four separate teeing areas and the course measures only 6,069 yards from the regular men’s tees (5,199 yards from the ladies’ tees).

Attractive views of the South Downs are part of the package. The ground is undulating and there are plenty of mature trees to negotiate. There are also many memorable holes. The 3rd is a pretty par three – aim for Little Horsted Church. Protecting the green to the right is a pond. The green itself is two-tiered and it’s an especially difficult hole to play when the flag is at the back on the upper tier. But it’s the par fives that are special. From the back tees, they all measure in excess of 500 yards. Little Horsted creek meanders along the entire length of the 12th hole, a demanding and impressive par five. The creek turns into a small pond, lying in wait to the right of the green. A par here will be cherished.

The Strokesaver beautifully sums up the West’s closing holes: “The golfer has been restricted at 14, tempted at 15, devilled at 16 and exhausted at 17. Now he stands on the elevated tee, looking across a deep chasm to a fairway lined right and left by giant oaks, and a green guarded by huge bunkers and the clubhouse beyond.”

East Sussex National is a stylish golf complex. It was voted Golf Club of the Year in the 1994 edition of Following the Fairways. There is no doubt that this is one of the country’s most welcoming and customer-focused golf clubs. A day playing the West and the East will be exhausting, but well worth the effort.

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Description: The West course is considered to be the more intimate, and the prettier of the two courses at the East Sussex National golf complex. Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 16
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Carl Tushingham
Super course with many great holes, with the best being 10th,12th and 13th. The greens were true and quick, but fairways weren't in the best condition as there were quite few divots. The West has better holes than the East, but for me the East was in better shape, probably because they had the EuroPro Tour on there a week before my visit. The hotel attached to the courses is superb, lovely rooms and great food. Highly recommend a weekend break here.
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
6 / 10
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Carl Statham
An impressive complex with a very large modern club house and proshop. It has all the US style welcome with bag drops etc. The west golf course is a good one, although as with any new courses there are a few fields you play on, but over all it is a really good test of golf with some cracking holes for example the 18th. However with one exception .. the 16th, I have nothing against very short holes but this feels like it has been thrown into the middle of a field. Everyone commented on it in our society. All that work to create a really good golf course and then that hole! Still despite this it is really worth the visit and we will definitely play it again.
May 04, 2006
6 / 10
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Rob
June 03, 2010
16th is similar to 8th on East. Looks pretty straight forward but.......How many of your society parred it? With SW in hand - you'd think plenty - but if you miss the green anywhere but short front, a bogey or worse awaits.
barry moulder
An excellent golf course in immaculate condition, some tremendous holes, but it like the other course here, is very long. Some choice holes, especially the par 5' which are probably my favourite collection of par 5's of any course I have ever played. I cannot recommend this club highly enough, from the top notch Americanised service to the top food, it really is sooo good.
April 02, 2006
10 / 10
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josephus
I'd say that the West is the slightly better of the two courses at East Sussex. Certainly it is prettier. It's also tighter and I found it tougher. It was in great condition though, fast true greens, punishing but playable rough. It wasn't crowded, the welcome is first rate, the value is superb. It is quite long, if you don't play often or are not confident off the tee play the white tees, the blues are 6700+ yards and you feel every one.
August 09, 2005
10 / 10
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Billy
Better than the East - the holes are certainly more memorable. Great service and top-notch condition.
April 03, 2004
6 / 10
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