8 reviews of Beauport Park Golf Club
I play this course reasonably regularly, and have done for the last 6/7 years. The best way to describe Beauport is like Wentworth's West Course without the funds. Having said that, a new head greenkeeper has really turned the place around in the last two years. As some others have commented, if you find the woods (thick left and right of every fairway) then you are lucky to find your ball. But if you find 14 fairways and four greens then you can still make a good score. To update on older player posts: The course record of 69 has stood since the late 80s, players can't play shirtless and in workboots, but there are not handicap limits and the £18 green fee naturally attracts a wider echelon of golfers. While not flares, buggys and rations are definitely adviseable. This course still remains the toughest in Sussex, especially the relentless back nine, but the conditions are constantly improving making it a tough, but fair day of golf.
I played this course on the 3rd of October 2011 as I was down in Hastings for a few days Golf with a friend of mine and we were able to book a tee time for the Sunday for £23.00. I play off 9 but only play about 15 rounds a year so not a regular golfer and my friend plays off 22 again only about 15 rounds a year. Looking at other reviews of the course I was a bit dubious about booking here but after a few holes I realised I should never have worried. Now this is a tough course and no disrespect to anyone else who has left a review but I think a lot of the comments are based on how people have played and not on what the course is like. If you hit the ball in the trees as we did a few times then your probably not going to find it but that's the punishment for not hitting it where you want. This course is a challenge but one that the 2 of us both enjoyed and fro £23.00 on a Sunday great value for money. My advice is book a buggy, don't take out a load of brand new pro v1's and enjoy this very good challenging course. If you play to your handicap then you have either played very well or you should be cut :-). A really challenging good value course and friendly club house so play here and enjoy the challenge.
Played this course today with a friend of mine. We are both single figure handicaps. The staff in the pro shop seamed friendly. This place COULD be SO good! We both agreed that the layout is great, some fantastic Par 4s and a couple of great par 5s, but the par 3's are a bit nothing'y. Sadly the whole place just needs some money invested in it. Some of the tee shots really are breath-taking, made all the more so as you walk though the trees without a site of the holes till you look up from the tee-box. However, the greens are poor, slow, very firm (summer) and very patchy, the marker posts (150 yards 'ish') are mostly missing! and if you are more than five yards off the fairway.....good luck finding your ball!! the problem is, it's an undulating (very) tree lined course playing firm with no run offs, with small firm greens. If they cleared some of the udergrowth (brambles etc) from under the tree canopy either side of each hole good-ish shots won't be so severaly punished. It's a great track but really needs some money spent, shame!. I shot 79 (+8) with two doubles and a couple of missed 'shorties'. My mate, (who is normally arrow straight) shot 85+ and was pulling his hair out :o) lol. Well worth £18 or so to say you've played it, we really enjoyyed it.
I occasionally played this course years ago, but it became rundown, so i stopped playing there which was a shame as it is a very friendly club and magnificent course. Recently i have heard the the new owners were getting the place back into shape so i have played a few rounds this summer. The course is ok, not good but much better than before, the old proshop has re-opened and the clubhouse has had a makeover too, much better than before. There is only one problem, it seems as if every yob in the area has taken up golf.
There is no dress code, you can play barechested and in workboots if you wish, there is no etiquette, anyone is allowed to play, 5 ball, 6 ball, it doesn't matter. On speaking to some members , there has been a lot of problems with theft (from cars and changing rooms) vandalism (cars and course) and verbal abuse, but because management needs the money they allow the yobs to use the facilities.
I recommend playing this course once, just for the experience, it is very very special, but it is not a place i would want to spend too much time at.
This place justifiably has a fearsome reputation but I've always wanted to play it, if only to say I had done it! The lack of any sort of course guide/strokesaver in the pro shop is almost a violation of human rights and makes playing this course well, virtually impossible for the first-timer. The greens were hard and therefore difficult to hold the ball. The areas around the greens also need some attention. At times it felt like I was chipping out of someone's flowerbed/vegetable plot. But all credit to the new owners. They are trying to improve things and everyone was very friendly. Some of the holes, notably the 15th, were stunning and worthy of any golf course. Playing this course in the spring with the trees in leaf and the bluebells out made the views all the more spectacular and the experience all the more enjoyable. Don't be put off. Give it a go.
The greens need quite a bit of TLC but with alnmost every hole being isolated from another by mature trees this course could be really really special. I think you should always walk a course the first time you play it but it will take stamina and determination onthis mountainous course. When you go into the pro shop to pay your green fee notice the look of amazement when you say you want to play 18 holes.
If you have a rich relative with a dodgy heart this is the place to bring them. The inheritance will be yours!!!
This is a very challenging course, but well worth the effort. Only the first two holes are on level terrain, thereafter the course is as much a test of mountaineering ability as golf. All the fairways are adjoined by mature woods, making wayward tee shots very costly. Take plenty of water and a packed lunch.
Unbelievably hard. Claims to be par 71 whilst having 5 holes which would qualify as stroke index 1 on any normal difficulty course. 14th hole is ludicrous, a par 4 with a par 5 length all uphill with a severe dogleg left onto a vicious green. Very dangerous aswell, advise taking flares, overnight camping equipment and rations for several days. Never play alone. Take out life insurance before departing. No professional has ever got below or level with par. Never a flat lie, ball is always on a slope. Never play after rain, The course gets saturated and the ball plugs in the fairway. Good luck to all who attempt, and good riddance for their stupidity.
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