Sussex

The Sussex County Golf Union provides administration for 66 golf clubs across the county. “Sussex by the Sea” is the county anthem and for very good reason because Sussex’s lengthy English Channel coastline stretches for almost 100 miles from Camber in the east to Chichester in the west.

Sussex County Ladies’ Golf Association was formed in 1900 as Sussex County Ladies’ Golf Club, with representatives from Ashdown Forest, Bexhill, Crowborough, Hastings, Royal Eastbourne and Seaford in attendance at the inaugural meeting. Today, the association has sixty affiliated clubs under its jurisdiction, with over 4,000 female members. Its aims are to provide a framework for amateur ladies’ golf in the county, promote and encourage play at all levels, identify and nurture talent, develop elite golfers and select teams to represent Sussex.

Despite the lengthy coastline, Sussex can boast only two true links, spread-eagled at either end of the county. Rye in the east is a famous name in links golf, but few golfers will have heard of Littlehampton in the west. Ironically, Littlehampton was founded in 1889, five years before Rye. The coastal golf between these two links is very much in the upland mould and a number of fine downland courses sit proudly on the cliffs.

Heading inland you’ll find a collection of the finest courses in England. If you go down to the woods today at Royal Ashdown Forest, the only surprise you’ll get is that there are two excellent courses there. If you want to stay and play, 36-hole golf is available at both Mannings Heath and East Sussex National. But it would be remiss not to go to Pulborough to play West Sussex, a genuine star of sand and heather.

Our Sussex Best in County rankings were updated in November 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Sussex

West Sussex

1st Sussex - Best in Area

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.

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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

Rye (Old)

2nd Sussex - Best in Area

Rye Golf Club was founded in 1894 and was the inaugural design of 25-year-old Harry Colt. With a measly par of 68, and a layout that measures over 6,300 yards, Rye has to be one of the toughest courses in Britain.

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Description: Rye Golf Club was founded in 1894 and was the inaugural design of 25-year-old Harry Colt. With a measly par of 68, and a layout that measures over 6,300 yards, Rye has to be one of the toughest courses in Britain. Rating: 5.030303030303 out of 6

Royal Ashdown Forest (Old)

3rd Sussex - Best in Area

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club is set stunningly, affording fantastic views from the high parts of the course across the forest and the rolling Sussex countryside.

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Description: Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club is set stunningly, affording fantastic views from the high parts of the course across the forest and the rolling Sussex countryside. Rating: 4.88 out of 6

Crowborough Beacon

4th Sussex - Best in Area

There are similarities between Crowborough and its delightful near neighbour, Royal Ashdown Forest, with spectacular views across the treetops and springy heathland/moorland turf.

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Description: There are similarities between Crowborough and its delightful near neighbour, Royal Ashdown Forest, with spectacular views across the treetops and springy heathland/moorland turf. Rating: 4.5555555555556 out of 6

Goodwood (Downs)

5th Sussex - Best in Area

The original Goodwood downland golf course was designed by James Braid. It now measures 7,100 yards but you'll need to befriend a member to play here.

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Description: The original Goodwood downland golf course was designed by James Braid. It now measures 7,100 yards but you'll need to befriend a member to play here. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Piltdown

6th Sussex - Best in Area

The bunkerless course of Piltdown Golf Club was founded in 1904 and is laid out on common land where Nature’s heathery hazards are sufficiently challenging for even the best golfers.

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Description: The bunkerless course of Piltdown Golf Club was founded in 1904 and is laid out on common land where Nature’s heathery hazards are sufficiently challenging for even the best golfers. Rating: 4.3333333333333 out of 6

Mannings Heath (Waterfall)

7th Sussex - Best in Area

The Waterfall course at Mannings Heath Golf Club is a beautiful West Sussex gem - part parkland, part downland and part heathland.

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Description: The Waterfall course at Mannings Heath Golf Club is a beautiful West Sussex gem - part parkland, part downland and part heathland. Rating: 4.5238095238095 out of 6

East Sussex National (West)

8th Sussex - Best in Area

The West course is considered to be the more intimate, and the prettier of the two courses at the East Sussex National golf complex.

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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: 4.6923076923077 out of 6

East Sussex National (East)

9th Sussex - Best in Area

Gordon Brand Jnr. and David Gilford won the European Opens here in 1993 and 1994 respectively. It will come as no surprise to hear that East Sussex National’s East course is a big tournament layout.

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Description: Gordon Brand Jnr. and David Gilford won the European Opens here in 1993 and 1994 respectively. It will come as no surprise to hear that East Sussex National’s East course is a big tournament layout. Rating: 4.1428571428571 out of 6

Royal Ashdown Forest (West)

10th Sussex - Best in Area

The West course at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club follows in the bunker-free footsteps of its elder brother, the Old. It may only be a par 68 of modest length, but the au naturale West is a golfing delight.