Lewes Golf Club Course Review

Lewes Golf Club ranks among the best of the Sussex Downs courses, serving up inspiring views and hugely enjoyable golf

Lewes Golf Club - 14th and 15th holes
An aerial view of the 14th and 15th holes
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Lewes Golf Club Course Review

GF Round: from £32.50wd, from £37.50we (not Sat am)
Par 71, 6,078 yards
Slope 132
GM Verdict – A Sussex downland course with extensive views and the right mix of scoring chances and sterner tests.
Favourite Hole – The par-5 9th, which plays over a ridge before dropping down to the green, with part of the town forming the backdrop.

Lewes Golf Club - panorama

There are view like this to savour around every corner

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There are many great places to play golf on the Sussex Downs, and different locals will have different favourite courses. But successfully locating the unfeasibly narrow approach road and clawing your way painstakingly up to the clubhouse at Lewes is well worth the effort as the views out over the town and along the South Downs are magnificent. 

Lewes Golf Club - 15th hole

The course enjoys an elevated setting high above the town

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There's great variety among the best golf courses to be found in Sussex, with links, heathland, parkland, clifftop and downland all well-represented. Nearly all of the downland courses offer views to die for, but Lewes is hard to beat, and its proximity to the Harveys brewery in the town below may be an added lure for some.

Lewes Golf Club - 1st hole

Looking down on the 1st hole with its two-tier green

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The club is a friendly one and the course great fun to play, with room to open your shoulders at times and plenty of scoring chances. But when the wind blows, the course’s complexion changes completely and you’ll need to battle hard all the way to the final green to play anywhere near your handicap.

Lewes Golf Club - 2nd hole

The 2nd is one of three short opening par 4s

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A trio of short par 4s early on certainly brings hopes of a bright start, and the 3rd in particular can be drivable. But they don’t always roll over tamely in the wind. And, of course, up here the wind has a big say, especially out on the wide ridge where the exposed 7th and 8th holes play after the second of two short uphill par 3s early on.

Lewes Golf Club - 18th hole

The 18th with its sloping fairway and split-level green is one of the harder par 4s

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Highlights include the par-5 9th, where bigger hitters might just get over the ridge off the tee downwind to bring the green in range, and the long downhill par-3 12th. Among the sterner tests is the 18th, where the slope threatens to kick your ball into trouble on the right all the way to a testing two-tier green – not an easy finish for left-to-right merchants with the wind off the left!

 

 

 

Jeremy Ellwood
Jeremy Ellwood

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...