Many of the best golf courses in the UK are links – the coastline is, after all, where the game was born and that rolling, windblown topography has shaped the way we view courses ever since.
But we cannot be blinded to the many superb inland layouts and chief among their number is this gem, also known as Pulborough, after the town by which it is set.
West Sussex opened in 1931 and was laid out by Guy Campbell and Cecil Hutchison, architects less well-known than some but deserving of wider recognition – between them they are also responsible for Princes in Kent, Killarney, Gleneagles and Turnberry.
What they have done superbly well at West Sussex is allow the course to follow the natural contours in such a way that it is impossible to imagine the holes having any other routing.
With only one par five and five par threes it is not long but still features many par fours in excess of 400 yards, so it doesn’t feel short. A classic heathland course with mature trees, plenty of bunkers and gorse to be avoided.
35th Best UK Golf Course
Pulborough is home to West Sussex Golf Club. It is an exceptional home. Most holes are visually stunning, with clear definition from skilful use of heather and sand, natural placement of fairway and green and views to Sussex countryside. It is a lasting testament to its designers and to the meticulous care with which it is still tended. Regularly judged one of the outstanding inland courses in Britain, it tests the best players but is short enough to give the less proficient equal enjoyment. West Sussex is a private club but visitors and societies by arrangement are made most welcome
Without GPS, the club is located off the A283, so travelling from Storrington, be prepared to take the next right turn into our drive once you have passed RSPB Pulborough Brooks and the drive into Wiggonholt Farm on your left. Travelling from Pulborough, be prepared to turn left the better part of a mile after leaving town following a bend beside a bridge and then a longish stretch of straight road. The turning left into Golf Club Lane comes just before the next bend, after you have passed a farm shop and barn complex to your right.
Once in the club drive, continue for just under half a mile but do watch out for new speed ramps before arriving at our car park where you are first directed to turn slightly left and then to find an available parking space. Usually, there are ample lined spaces, though as a last resort you can always return whence you came to park on grass opposite the green-keeper's bungalow. Signs direct you at the clubhouse which stands at the far end of the car park.