Lewes Golf Club

Lewes Golf Club, Lewes, South East, England, BN7 2BB

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10 reviews of Lewes Golf Club

Played here January ,2011 .

Fantastic course .

Exhilarating & invigorating ,a bit quirky & unique .

Played on a cold ,sunny day & loved every minute of it.

Golf for the purist ,with an old fashioned feel ,far removed from american style parkland.

Set very high up on a hill above a chalk cliff. Unique in the many courses that i've played in that the course plays around the summit of the hill & therefore has superb views all round it.

Very natural course that's you against the elements .Great fun & you really get away from it all up here as it's so peaceful .

The wind & gradients mean you really have to think about your shots.

Expertly designed . Four good par 3's ,three great par 5's (the 9th is a cracker which made me think of the 2nd at Perranporth as it goes along then up to a ridge ,which looks as if it's in the sky & then drops down to the green) & all the holes seem to come along in the right order .

The view from the 7th,8th & 9th is simply stunning & from the high points of the course you almost have a 360 degree panorama .

The loop of holes from 7 - 11 is superb.

All the holes are interesting & there's too many good ones to mention .

Super greens & the course drains superbly .

It makes venturing out to different courses worth it when you stumble across a course like this .

An unheralded gem.

Kevin B.

Posted by Kevin B on 31/01/2011
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Played at Lewes in August 2009. You find the club up a steep and very narrow lane - a step back in time. The clubhouse is well laid out with friendly and helpful staff. Members were also friendly and welcoming. The course is a traditional downland course with plenty of gradient and lovely views. The greens were in lovely condition and, for me, really difficult to read. I thouoghly enjoyed the holes on the front nine which are well set out and isolated from other holes. On the back nine you tend to lose the feeling of isolation as the holes seem to cross over each other a bit and the course feels a bit more congested. Nevertheless Lewes provides a lovely day out and sets a sensible challenge to all standards of golfer.

Posted by D Sainsbury on 02/09/2009
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We played on a Bank Holiday Sunday in 3rd May 2009; nice sunny day, some breezes blowing but generally pleasant around noon.
The staff was friendly and helpful; and so was the Club President who came over in the course to introduce himself.
The greens were hard, flat but short of real grass. The fairways had well trimmed grass, minimising loss of balls. Overall, the holes were quite pleasantly designed, challenging, and located around the hillside above Lewes. The views were spectacular (major attraction). The scorecard had visual pictures helping on distances, hazards (not that many, only bunkers, trees, long grass) and hole locations. There was even a portaloo mid way.
We will return if we feel energetic (as we are no longer a pair of Spring chickens) first few holes were physically taxing) and in the area. It was good value at £40 for two; using our Greenfree voucher.

Posted by Y Kwan Loo on 04/05/2009
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Well we did return the following Sunday, and the Sunday after that too! Tony Hilton (club pro) couldn't be more helpful if he tried. Bearing in mind none of our group are members (7 of us visited the last time) he bent over backwards to accommodate us, with great teeing off times being booked and the clubhouse food afterwards was fantastic value for money. If you have never played Lewes I urge you to try it out. As another poster said, it's "you against the elements" when the wind is up, although having said that on the three times we have visited recently the weather has been superb with just a very slight breeze affecting play. This really is winter golf at its best. No mud at all on either my shoes or my trousers!
When you look down on the area surrounding Lewes itself which has all been flooded due to the recent rains and snow we have had, to be able to play on fairways like this is a real treat and all for £20.00 a round!
In the Summer it's a great place to be too, although the fairways can get a little firm and you get the odd wicked bounce that you aren't expecting...but that's par for a links style course isn't it?
I cannot recommend this course highly enough and if I lived closer I would certainly become a member. Now all I've got to learn is how to play that stupid little par 4 10th hole properly..without fatting my second shot every single time I go there. But that's my fault not the course. Go and play you will love it.

Posted by Robert Smith on 18/02/2009
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I hadn't played Lewes for years, but Sunday found me teeing off there as our our prearranged game at the Ashdown Forest was cancelled due to a waterlogged course. We were desperate for a game and knew from experience that Lewes would have been unaffected by the deluge that had fallen on Saturday night. We phoned the course and the Pro managed to fit us in for an 11.00am tee time.
When we arrived we were welcomed into the pro shop, the guy in there couldn't have been friendlier. Our green fee (using 2fore1 vouchers) was just £20.00 which has to be a bargain bearing in mind it was the week-end! On top of that, he gave us 4 of Lewes's own vouchers which work along similar lines ensuring we could play for half price if we returned within 6 weeks. We plan to.
The course was in absolutely fantastic condition. Golf in January shouldn't really be this good. The greens were as good as you would find on most other courses at the height of the season. Very quick, very smooth and a credit to the green staff. The tees were in very good condition as well, as were the fairways. Despite the rain that had fallen they were perfect, with a decent length of grass and not waterlogged in the slightest. My shoes were as clean when we came off the course as they were when we started. The course itself is quite a tester, especially when the wind is up. Luckily it wasn't too bad on Sunday but there was enough of a breeze to make you club up a couple and you really had to think about your game, especially on the holes "along the top". I played a match against one of my friends, nip and tuck stuff and all square coming down the last. He birdied it to my par so I handed him over the money but I didn't really mind. I had just had one of the most enjoyable days golf for absolutely ages, and most of it was down to the condition and layout of Lewes. Weather permitting we will be going back there this Sunday. If not THIS Sunday, the following one. I had completley forgotten what a nice course this is to play.

Posted by Robert Smith on 20/01/2009
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My home course although not a member. Always a challenge: virtually never off mats or playing temp greens. REAL golf, just you against the elements. With prevailing winds you can reach the 505 yard par 5 7th in two and feel like a he-man before failing to reach the par 4 8th with two woods back up the hill against the wind. Invigorating, proper golf. Good luck!

Posted by Paul Moore on 30/08/2004
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I have played Lewes a few times and never been disappointed. The greens have been in perfect condition on each occasion, along with very well prepared tees and fairways. It is fair to say that the wind can make the course tricky, but is only unplayable in exceptionally strong winds. Panoramic views of the Sussex countryside from the 8th Green (with the clubhouse of the East Sussex National in view in the distance) add to the experience. There are some tricky holes as well as some which are pretty straight forward. No water wazards, but plenty danger and some harsh rough for the wayward shot if the greenkeepers let it grow.
Staff in general were very friendly, especially the professional. Averagely good food in the clubhouse with more friendly staff.
To sum up, a course which is always in good condition, whose challenge does depend a fair bit on the strength of the wind. Excellent value for money - I have paid twice as much to play courses kept in nowhere near as good nick.

Posted by Matt _ on 13/05/2004
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Lovely old fashioned golf course which offers true value for money. The course is always in very good condition with some of the best greens around. Because the course is on a chalk hill it drains very quickly so there are never temporary greens in use. The only problem with playing at Lewes is the wind!! If you are venturing out and there is any type of breeze at all make sure that you have an anchor with you as the course becomes practically unplayable!!
Reasonable food in the clubhouse, good value for money and a warm welcome. Would recommend.

Posted by Robert Smith on 10/10/2002
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course has some fantastic greenkeeping staff who make the absolute best of a bad situation. The only thing that I will say is that I have played this course in both no wind and with a bitter wind, and unless you like losing balls don't even attempt this place when its windy. Overall Freindly staff, nice views, challenging course, well worth a visit!

Posted on 13/08/2000
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Lewes golf course is very hilly. The course has got some tricky holes and some which are not so difficult. I really like the course and rate it as one of the best I have ever played. My favourite hole is the par 3 twelfth. It is a short hole with a big green and woods on either side.

Posted on 16/04/2000
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