a serious golfer or just want to play pitch and putt with the family,
there’s a golfing venue in Brighton or the surrounding areas
to suit your needs.
The city’s most well known golf course is at Brighton and
Hove Golf Club [map]
on Devil's Dyke Road, which was established in 1887 and remains
a members club. This challenging par 72, 18-hole course has magnificent
sea views and as the course is high on the South Downs, there are
very few days in the year when it is unsuitable for a round. Along
with the men’s section, there are also ladies, veterans (over
60s) and junior (under 19s) sections. The club welcomes visitors,
who must pay a green fee to play and the clubhouse has a restaurant
and bar, which can cater for up to 60 diners, if you just want to
skip the round and go straight to the 19th hole.
Run by Brighton and Hove City Council, Hollingbury Park Golf
on Ditchling Road is an excellent 18-hole pay-as-you-play golf
course. Located amidst spectacular scenery and with full clubhouse
facilities, the course offers a great day out whether you’re
a die-hard golfer or just a beginner. However, some of the holes
involve steep climbs where a trolley is a hindrance so, unless you
can carry your own bag, these may not be worth attempting.
Waterhall Golf Club [map]
on Dyke Road is also run by the council and is just as strenuous,
although the course gets very busy at weekends so it may be worth
booking in advance.
For family fun why not head to Rottingdean Mini-Golf Course
which is located two miles out of Brighton city centre past the
marina. This 18-hole pitch and putt course on a cliff top is regarded
as one of the best miniature golf courses in the South of England.
The two-mile course here takes around an hour and a half to complete,
with some of the holes more than 100 yards long. A 7-iron and a
putter are provided.
Finally, to top off a great golfing holiday why not pay a visit
to the East Sussex National Golf Club [map],
which has played host to a number of major championships. Located
at Little Horsted in Uckfield about an hour from Brighton, this
club has two extremely picturesque courses. The East Course is a
7138-yard, par 72 green, which hosted the European Open on
1993 and 1994, while the West, a 7154-yard, par 72 course, was home
to the Challenge Tour Championships between 1995 and 1998
and the European Tour Qualifying School from 1994 to 1997.
The course has good public transport links by rail and bus to all
major ports and airports in the south east, as well as being in
close proximity of the M25 and M23 motorways. And visitors and societies
are made to feel very welcome at East Sussex National, where weekday
green fees cost less than £50.