West Sussex - Sussex - England

West Sussex Golf Club,
Golf Club Lane,
Wiggonholt,
Pulborough,
West Sussex,
RH20 2EN,
England


  • +44 (0) 1798 872426

  • Golf Club Website

  • Between Storrington and Pulborough

  • Contact in advance – Not Tue am or Fri all day

  • Alistair Adams

  • Sir Guy Campbell and Major C K Hutchison

  • Tim Packham

We make no apology for declaring that West Sussex Golf Club is one of our favourite inland courses. It is sheer delight to play golf on this charming sandy outcrop of heathland. The course occupies a priceless, stunning, undulating site on the northern edge of the South Downs.

In the scheme of things, West Sussex is a relative youngster, dating back to 1930. Commander G W Hillyard who moved down to Sussex from Leicestershire originally discovered the site. Sir Guy Campbell and Major C K Hutchison designed the course; these two architects created one of the most natural and aesthetically pleasing golf courses in England.

On the surface of it, West Sussex is a short course, measuring 6,355 yards from the tiger tees. The first hole, a short par 5, is the only easy birdie opportunity. After that, you’ll have to negotiate seven par 4s measuring over 400 yards. You will do very well to play to your handicap and it’s unlikely that you will get the impression that the course is short.

Clearly, this isn’t a championship golf course but it will provide a challenging and thought-provoking round for the very best golfers whilst remaining enjoyable for the higher handicapper. The holes wind their way through enchanting woodland, with oak, silver birch and pine providing a pretty backdrop and the heather and the cunning bunkering providing the definition. The colours, especially in autumn, are breathtaking.

Each hole demands thought and holds attention, there is a great deal of variation to the holes and many are memorable. There isn’t a signature hole as such, but we especially like the 6th, a 224-yard downhill par three with a pond lurking 40 yards in front of the green; to make matters worse, the whole area of pond is out-of-bounds.

In Golf Between Two Wars, Bernard Darwin wrote the following: “The day on which to see Pulborough, if not to play our best on it, is one when the wind is blowing hard, for the sand is wafted in great puffs, like white clouds across the course, so that we can scarcely believe that the sea is not round the corner… it is a little sandy jewel set in the Sussex clay… what more can anyone desire?”

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Description: West Sussex Golf Club is one of our favourite inland courses. It is sheer delight to play golf on this charming sandy outcrop of heathland. Rating: 5.3928571428571 out of 6

I was really looking forward to playing this course, but I have to say it didn't live up to my expections. This course is not in the same league as Sunningdale, Berkshire and Hankley Common to name a few. The course had clearly suffered after a dry summer, the fairways were patchy at best and the greens slow and wooly although the heather was as dense as i've come across. The design of the course is great and it has a wonderful collection of par 3's such as the 6th & 15th and some great par 4's of varying length. It does have a couple of forgettable holes such as the 1st and 9th. The food here was fantastic though, the best we've ever sampled at a golf club!! I think its ranked too high for what it is, but it is well worth playing, it's pretty and it has a good layout.
August 17, 2010


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As it is ranked in the Top 50 clearly this is a very good course - but is it as great as everybody seems to think. I have to say that I was slightly underwhelmed. Having read on this site about comparisons to Sunningdale Old, St George's Hill, Swinley Forest etc I arrived with big expectations. However, after 10 holes my partner and I were still wondering why this course was even in the Top 100 never mind the Top 50. Granted the course got better on the back nine but overall I would not classify this course in the same league as the aforementioned ones. The conditions may have influenced our view somewhat. We played it after a long dry spell and there was very little definition to the course. The fairways were bone dry and brown. The heather was brown and woody. I could imagine that at certain times of the year with the heather in full bloom that it might look stunning. But not the day we were there. I agree with other comments though about the length. The overall yardage may be short by modern standards but the course never felt short. With plenty of long par 3s and par 4s it there is plenty to test your game.
July 29, 2010


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West Sussex has to be one of the best courses in southern England. At a little over 6000 yards off the back tees it is not long, but it is deceptive; six par fours over 400 yards (and two par threes over 220 yards) ensure that it will test all facets of your game – this is certainly not a course where you can smash a driver off every tee. There isn’t a weak hole on the course; each one is brilliantly designed, framed with clever bunkering, and the whole course is set in beautiful surroundings. Pine, silver birch, heather and gorse dominate, and so any wayward shots are punished severely. As a two ball club, three hour rounds are the norm, the welcome is warm and genuine, and the facilities are first class. Play it; it is magnificent!
May 29, 2010


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Delight is the right word. If you are looking for a place for you and a friend or three to play a round of golf you'll remember for years, then go to West Sussex on a sunny morning in spring. The layout is lovely, especially from green to tee, springy turf, smooth (pretty flat) greens. The par 3s are an absolute joy. At any point you can just stop and drink in the surroundings and take a big breath of fresh air that makes life all seem rather wonderful. I particularly like the set up around the clubhouse, as there is a great feeling of space. The practice ground is convenient for the first tee, and the putting green and little chipping areas are ideal. Make a trip if you're not planning one, it's lovely.
April 29, 2009


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Brian
February 25, 2011
Best off coming with just one friend unless you are planning foursomes! It is a strictly 2 ball course only...
What a delightfull little puppy this is. A top course with no two holes the same. Great condition and what a joy it was 2 play.
October 08, 2008


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I have played most of the top heathland golf courses in the UK. Sunningdale, Wentworth, Swinley Forest, St georges Hill, The Berkshire, New Zealand, Hankley Common Etc. West Sussex is easily as good as any of these. It should have a much higher ranking, playing Pine Valley next week it will be interesting to compare the best in the world.
October 06, 2008


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tony Henderson
October 16, 2008
I`m playing West Sussex GC tomorrow & thoroughly looking forward to it, that will be 47 of Golf Worlds Top 50 accomplished. How on earth did you get a game on Pine Valley I am very jealous.Regards Tony Henderson
A great golf course. A very traditional golf club, and good luck to them.Very few good courses in Sussex, but this is a real gem.
September 26, 2008


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It is hard to understand why West Sussex does not have a higher ranking. It is a wonderful golf course - a real joy to play. Highly recommended!
August 19, 2008


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I recently completed a trip to Sandwich and London, taking in the great links at Deal, Prince's, Royal St. George's and Rye before proceeding towards London to take in some of the heathland and heather courses in Surrey. I was searching for a course to play on our last day, and my eye kept being drawn to West Sussex. Playing here was one of the best decisions I made on the trip. West Sussex has a definite links feel, not quite as open as Walton Heath but not as wooded as the Berkshire and St. George's Hill. There is only one par 5, which happens to be the opening hole, and the remaining par 3's and 4's are all outstanding holes. There are a number of blind shots, but the fairway bunkering is simply outstanding, especially on the back nine. In fact holes 13, 14, 16, 17 and 18 are par 4's that are as good as any I've played. The course is a bit out of the way in Pulborough, but the secretary and the staff were outstanding and freiendly, as were the members. Don't shun this course because of it's relatively short length; the par of 68 is a hard target to reach, even for a scratch golfer, and I can't imagine that anyone would not enjoy a day on this course. Richard Smith,Knoxville, Tennessee
August 07, 2008


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Cedric
August 07, 2008
Looking forward to your reviews about the other courses you mention here!!
Richard Smith
August 08, 2008
I just finished posting my last review of the courses I mentioned. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed playing these great courses.
West Sussex deserves to be ranked higher it is right there with the best heathland courses in and around London. I found the course to be a lot of fun, with some elevation changes, some long holes, some short holes but overall the course is very demanding thanks to the heather and bunkers. The par 3's are all very good, there are certainly some memorable holes and shots around this place. On a windy day this place would show all of its teeth with all its heather, you need to hit the ball straight. I was welcomed as a visitor the head pro greeted me too it was a fun day. I will be back to play it again.
February 10, 2008


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