Is there a Top 15 course that flies more under the radar than West Sussex? Other English courses that find themselves within the World Top 100 rightly receive regular adulation and visitors flock to play these in their droves, yet West Sussex seems to remain a little bit of a secret and I’m sure the members love it!
West Sussex is without doubt one of the best courses in England and should be one of the first courses named in the discussion of the best inland courses on these shores. There isn’t a single weak hole on the property, the course is always in phenomenal condition, it rolls and gently undulates in order to create a large variety of holes and the bunkering is some of the best Heathland bunkering you will find. The Par 3’s are some of the best in England and with holes 5 & 6, West Sussex could lay the claim to the best back to back Par 3s in the World. Off the top of my head I can’t think of many other courses that could enter that conversation, but I’d be interested to hear the competitors.
It’s hard to pick highlights with there being so many, but the Par 4 13th firmly sits within my favourite 18 holes in England. The elevated greensite, surrounded by heather lipped bunkers is a hole you would never tire of playing.
One could argue that the course is missing one or two Par 5s, with the only one coming at the scoreable first hole, but with so many good Par 4s on the course, I don’t feel it misses out too much. West Sussex just throws one good hole after another at you and once you walk off 18, you just want to go back out there again. This may fly under the radar, but make no mistake, this is a great Heathland golf course and fully deserving of its lofty ranking.
For all photos of reviews, please follow Chris’ Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/top.100.golf/
Date: June 28, 2021