Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club
East Sussex, England
Set amongst some of the country’s most stunning woodlands, Royal Ashdown Forest has been one of the most well-respected golf clubs in the country since its creation in 1888. The Old Course here frequently graces the Top 50 lists of most UK rankings with the design as brilliant today as it was upon opening. Formerly the ladies’ course, The West Course at Royal Ashdown Forest was renamed alongside a redesign in 2002 and offers an ideal option for those looking to take on 36 holes in a day.
The clubhouse has remained on its original spot since 1893 and offers spectacular views across the courses and adjoining countryside. The inside is steeped in memorabilia too, allowing guests to fully absorb the history of Royal Ashdown Forest. What’s more, since the Men’s and Ladies’ clubs joined clubhouses in the early 2000s, Royal Ashdown Forest has dining space to accommodate groups of up to 80, with the desserts on offer here a particular delight!
Golf courses at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club
The Old Course at Royal Ashdown Golf Club is arguably the best golf course in Sussex. There is a great mix of woodland and heathland that gives players the opportunity to experience a varied test of golf. There is not a single bunker on the course, however, don’t be fooled into thinking this isn’t a tough test of golf. The tight fairways combined with plenty of hazardous heather not far from the fairway makes the Old Course a true test of golf from tee to green.
The West Course at Royal Ashdown Golf Club offers a great challenge of golf, despite there being zero bunkers on the course, the narrow and treelined fairways offer difficulty of the tee. Accurate tee shots are highly rewarded, measuring under 6,000 yards, power is not the most important asset round this layout. The course is ranked among the best ‘Short Courses’ in the UK, there are an array of fantastic holes that keep all golfers thinking, providing the compliment to the Old Course.