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


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. A company called Links and Courses was commissioned to design and build the course, where Sir Guy Campbell, Major C.K. Hutchison and and Colonel S.V. Hotchkin were the principle directors. These three 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. This hole started out as a short par four, but Hotchkin pulled rank and convinced Campbell that it should be played as a long par three.

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: 8.9 out of 10 Reviews: 43
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Hugh
West Sussex is quite beautiful and there’s nothing wrong with the course, just the fact that the club imposes playing restrictions – it’s a “two ball club” and visitors are expected to play singles or foursomes. I know these old clubs don’t want to upset the members and they want to keep the speed up but what happens if you’re a group of three visitors? The par threes are brilliant and the course has a really strong finish. Keep your eyes open for the gliders overhead, it’s a wonderful sight if they are out and about. In my view, one of the best, if not the best heathland course in the land. On par with St George's Hill for me.
April 21, 2005
8 / 10
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Kevin P
I thoroughly enjoyed my round on the pure heathland layout but I'm sure I'm not alone when I came away thinking 'if only they could find another 300-400+ yards then they would have a fine Championship layout. It's difficulty definitely belies the Par 68 on the scorecard. What WSGC lacks in length is more than made up by strategic placement of heather and bunkers (especially on the doglegs) and I used my 3W and 3iron on a few holes to ensure I found the fairway. In particular I was impressed by the well renowned 6th but also long P3 12th and taken with the Par 4's = 13 and 14 were for mine the best stretch of holes on the course. The 4th and 5th were also lovely holes the later would be a great Par 3 (if only) it was a few yards longer ? 10 and 16 were also good doglegs left and right respectively. The course was well presented and overall the greens true and the only hole which I thought was 'lacking something' was the 1st which is a 'soft' opening hole. A classic heathland course - definitely worth a visit. KP 8.5
August 12, 2004
8 / 10
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Billy
Totally beautiful, traditional and a thoroughly enjoyable test of golf. Could play here forever. It's hard to imagine a better course.
March 31, 2004
10 / 10
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