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Piltdown Golf Club

  • Piltdown is located in a small village of the same name, home to the infamous Piltdown Man hoax of 1912. The club was established in 1904 and has a long and rich history. In more recent years the club have invested heavily in the course which has arguably left it being one of the best courses in Sussex.
     
    Piltdown is not the longest heathland course out there but this in part is due to having five gorgeous par 3s and only one par 5. Do not fooled though Piltdown does not play short with 6 of its par 4s measuring over 400 yards. Whilst there are no bunkers the course is well protected by thick heather which may look pretty with its purple flowers but is to be avoided if you want to build a good score. The club completely relayed all of their greens in a project that was completed in 2018 and as such now has USGA standard greens. As a result of this the greens are quick and true all year round and are considered some of the best in the county.
     
    Piltdown is nestled beautifully in its surroundings and bares the hallmarks of a long established course with the holes clearly following the natural lay of the land. The feature hole on the front nine comes at the par 3 4th which from the back tees needs you to carry over 200 yards to make the green.  The back drop to this  green is the Piltdown pond which during the war was used as a tank washing facility but is now fortunately just a quiet fishing pond.
     
    There are some great holes as you wander over the gently sloping heathland and at the turn the view behind the 10th green and 11th tee box really is outstanding. The course finishes strong with the 17th hole a 430 yard par four, up the hill across a split fairway. This hole can bring to end a great score with trouble all down the left and an Oak tree blocking you out down the right accuracy from the tee is key. Once you have navigated the 17th a gorgeous par 3 finish awaits, surrounded by heather and with a two tier green once again you need your wits about you for a strong finish. When you have finished your round you will be well catered for in the club house which is an old converted farm house that gives a homely feel to the club. 
     
     

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    Facilities

    18 Holes, Bar, Buggy Hire, Changing Facilities, Driving Range, Golf lessons with PGA Professionals, Par 68, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Restaurant, Short game practice area, Trolley Hire

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    Not only does the club provide you with an excellent round of golf but after your round, the listed building clubhouse is a charming way to end your trip to Piltdown Golf Club with a few drinks and some great food.

    Hosts to the Sussex Open in 2016 and 2017, there are some great holes on the course, the majority of which are surrounded by heather. Standout holes are the 3rd, 4th and 5th which are as hard of a 3 hole stretch as you will find. The 3rd is a 450 yard par 4 with a 90 degree dogleg at about 250 yards from the tee. Heather, trees and water all come into play - it is stroke index 1 for a reason. Following this is the 4th, a brute of a par 3 at over 200 yards of pure carry over heather to a relatively small green, and then the 5th is an uphill par 4 of 432 yards with trees and heather on both sides. 

    There are many other great holes, another good section are 9th, 10th & 11th all of which have had considerable changes to their greens and now play as an excellent triangle of holes. You hear many Golf Clubs being described as a “hidden gem”, but Piltdown truly is one so make sure that you come and see for yourself why.

     

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