Royal Ashdown Forest is an architectural example that modern architects could learn a lot from. Rarely will land like this become available but in my view this the best natural course in England that is devoid of any man-made features. Holes 5 thru 7 are three of the best in the world. #5 is a risk and reward par 5 but the stream in front of the green makes it a three-shot hole for most golfers. #6 is the best short par three in Sussex, perhaps England, where a snaking stream waits to catch anything offline and #7 is a wonderful sweeping dogleg right to left where a stream lies to the right of the fairway to catch those taking the tiger line.
#12 is one of my favourite driving holes and the longest hole at RAF and the approach shot at #17 is brilliant.
There’s no doubt that some holes lack definition which most other courses can resolve through bunkering. If only RAF could install a handful of strategically placed traps, it would be a world top 100 contender.
Date: May 22, 2017