No 76 - Rye - Old

The Rye Old course is a sporty, old-fashioned links in excellent year-round condition. The great lunch here is another bonus

Rye Old

76 RYE - Old

Architect: Colt 2006 position: New entry Stats: 6,278 yds; par 68; SSS 71 GF: very limited availability T: 01797 225241 W: ryegolfclub.co.uk

One of the more private, less commercial clubs, Rye offers a classic links experience with many memorable holes.

The five par 3s are terrific and there are nine or 10 really good long par 4s with just the one par 5 to kick things off.

There are typical Harry Colt bunkers with raised faces for maximum visual effect, and a number of blind shots over ridges where local knowledge, a yardage chart and an element of good fortune could come in useful.

History and tradition line every corner of the clubhouse, from where there are excellent views over the course. RS

+ Sporty, old-fashioned links in excellent year-round condition; great lunch - Not easy to get a game; blind shots really require local knowledge

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Rob Smith
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Rob Smith has been playing golf for more than 40 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012 specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played 1,150 different courses in almost 50 countries. Despite lockdowns and travel restrictions last year, he still managed to play 80 different courses during 2021, 43 of them for the first time. This included 21 in 13 days on a trip to East Lothian in October. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but nine. Rob is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.