9 reviews of Copthorne Golf Club
Played via Teeofftimes for 26 quid. I think the fee was so low because the greens were sanded and the fairways scarified. Despite this, both greens and fairways were a pleasure to play.
The course is a delight: good variety of interesting holes and very attractive surroundings of mixed woodland.
It's tight in places and rewards a bit of thought as opposed to 'whack it as hard as you can.'
Some traditional, upmarket courses can be pretty unwelcoming to Teeofftime oiks like me; not so Copthorne. I don't think I've had more. 'good afternoon's and 'hello's from members as I did here.
Similarly, the pro couldn't have been more friendly or helpful; again, in my experience as a nomadic golfer, not a given.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable experience spoilt only by my inability to play the game
Played this course today (September 16th 2011) and i have to say that the condition of the greens and fairways was awesome!! Greens were pure and fast, fairways lush and almost springy under foot! Not a very long course but if you keep it play of tee you will score well. Its tight off some tee and you can get blocked out on quite a few holes so the abilty to shape a shot off the tee is a big bonus. I'll be going back for sure!!
This is a good, easy walking course across common land.
It is cut throught the trees in places, lots of ferns, a bit of heather, with a few opportunities to open your shoulders. 3 or 4 easy holes where you have to score. Par 3s - 3 in the 175 yard range so tough to hit and score on.
The greens are well kept, but the fairways were on the dryside and thin in places, but being a heathland course what else would you expect in high summer.
This is a good test with a par & SSI of 71 off the whites our society top score of 37 points domonstrates this course is no pushover.
I would describe this as a good members course, which I would be happy to play week in week out.
Clubhouse, food & practice area just above average.
Played here midweek November 06.
Considering i've read this described as a hidden gem ,that it's a James Braid design & in the AA guide it's in green shading (i.e rated) i found this course a bit of a disappointment.
Although it's cut through a forest & is an established traditional club i thought it was a bit mundane.Lots of similar looking holes, tightish , cut through the trees & there weren't any real standout holes .
On course,the tee markers were quite a long way forward ,there wasn't a great deal of definition along the fairway/green edges,& there were leaves all over some of the greens which should have been blown off.
The four par 3's weren't particularly memorable either whereas with the forest setting they could have been something special.(No use made of 2 natural lakes i spotted ).
The club was welcoming & friendly but i got the impression when i rang that it wouldn't be busy ,but when we got there both of their car parks were jam packed & we were lucky to get round on a clearish run.
It is in an attractive setting & is probably better than a lot of courses but overall i found myself feeling apathetic about it.
Played this course in a society on 1st July. It was in very good condition. We had an enjoyable day on a nice, straightforward course that was suitable for a society. There is not a lot of room if you go through the greens or miss on either side.
There were some dog walkers, but they did not hinder play. There is a road to cross with an island in the middle. It seems to be en route for the Gatwick long term car parks.
One downside is that there was insufficient sand in some of the bunkers. We approached one green where a groundsman had been very carefully raking the right hand bunker. One of our number then landed in this bunker to find only a thin cover of sand over a rock hard base.
Catering was OK though they wanted us out of the dining room fairly promptly. I have not come across that before.
Played most recently during August. The greens were as good as you would find anywhere - even texture and close like a carpet. Obviously, from the comments of others, this course comes on late. It is quite flat and thus could have a drainage issue in the early part of the season. Clubhouse and bar very friendly and a thoroughly enjoyable day was spent on this fine golf course. The 1st is a super challenge starter hole.
Played in the middle of April after all the sun and the greens were struggling. The course is a 100 yrs old and extremely wooded with most of the holes feeling isolated from the others (just the occasional whack of ball on tree to let you know there are other people about...and a few dogwalkers, I'm assumiong there must be public right of way here) There were some very good holes but the greens really let it down badly. I would play here again if I knew they'd improved.
The course wanders through mature woodland, giving a pleasant feeling of isolation. The fairways are quite generous and the greens were excellent in July. It is very easy walking. The twilight rate of £15 after 3 p.m. was good value for an enjoyable, but fairly straightforward,test.
A superb course and one of Sussex's best. The holes run through established woodland which tends to isolate each hole from the rest. A really enjoyable round.
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