Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club in Sussex is home to two superb and varied 18 hole courses. They are both more than 100 years old and are very different in their approach to the game.

Famous for having no bunkers, Royal Ashdown enjoys a reputation as a true test of golf with its natural hazards of heather, narrow fairways, hollows and streams.

The Old Course at Royal Ashdown Forest in Sussex is rated 39  in the top 100 golf courses in the United Kingdom. It is an exacting challenge.

An example comes early in the game when you face the island sixth. Then there’s the 11th where you stand on an elevated tee with glorious views of the North Downs and stare down at a 249 yard par 3.

Royal Ashdown’s West Course was transformed into 18 holes in 1932 in time to host the English Ladies Championship, the same year that the Ladies Golf Club was given Royal status in its own right.

While the Old Course glories in its heathland setting, the West Course is surrounded by lovely woodland with ample heather.

A championship course in its own right, today the challenge lies, not in length, but in the demand for accuracy and course management. Golf writer Frank Pennink’s belief that the West Course could equal the repute of the Old, in a different way, is now a reality as more discover its charm. It’s a true test of golf.

  • Stay at the nearby luxury Ashdown Park Hotel with its own 18 hole course
  • Trolleys
  • Buggies
  • Club Hire
  • Driving Range
  • Play alongside Piltdown Golf Club