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The Course

The West Sussex Golf Club, popularly known as Pulborough, was officially opened in 1931, having been designed by two outstanding golf architects, Guy Campbell, who also designed Princes’ and Killarney and Cecil Hutchison, designer of Gleneagles and Turnberry. (Very recently, Stafford Hotchkin has been attributed to West Sussex too). At Pulborough, these architects are acknowledged to have created one of the most natural and aesthetically pleasing courses in England. Over the years, the course has been described in detail by many well known golfing writers. These are typical; 

"It is a little sandy jewel set in the Sussex clay, what more can anyone desire?” -Bernard Darwin. "Designed unmistakably by providence for a golf course and man for once has done the right thing”Henry Longhurst.“There are few lovelier places to play inland on such noble terrain of heather, pine and birch complemented by surroundings of tranquil green and distant views of the Downs that far exceed the more cloistered reaches of the famous Surrey courses” -Donald Steel.


View of the Course

Practice Ground

The West Sussex practice ground is very conveniently situated no more than 25 yards from the Clubhouse. There are twelve practice mats and three covered bays available, plus a ball dispenser also nearby. Only purchased practice balls can be used, but at least they are collected for you at the end of each day.

The down-range view is a commanding one over Sussex countryside and straight to the Downs in the near distance. The open area now available extends for over 400 yards long by some 160 yards wide so there is plenty of room even for the longest and the wildest hitters to hone their talents here.  In fact, it is difficult to imagine a larger, better and more convenient or scenically placed practice ground anywhere else!  Additionally, also close by the clubhouse, lie three practice greens for putting, plus a practice bunker and an approach chipping green for these specialist shots.

All these facilities are available daily for members and for received visitors, so only the unavoidably late can really have any excuse for driving off the first tee unprepared.


Practice groundPractice Ground

Local Conditions

West Sussex is a course that opens almost all year round. It hardly ever closes and temporary greens are rarely used. This is mostly due to the sandy subsoil which drains so quickly that heavy downpours of rain, which would close many courses for the day, are more likely to halt play at West Sussex for just an hour or two. Our favourable location close to the South Coast and near the Downs means that frosts and snow are also less likely to affect play in very cold weather.

It is widely acknowledged that West Sussex is a superb winter course with well drained greens that continue to putt out well and with dry fairways that at the end of the round will leave your golf shoes unadorned with the clay, grass or mud so common when playing elsewhere.

Nevertheless, winter rules apply to fairway play at West Sussex. They cease quite early in the year, usually by the first week of April, so do not overlook any opportunity to play golf at Pulborough either early or late in the golfing season. The course will still present itself well and respond to and reward good play that will continue to be testing, particularly since longer second shots may be demanded.


Approaching the 17th hole through winter mist and frost

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