West Sussex

On another beautiful warm English summer day we motored down from Windsor to West Sussex Golf Club which is tucked away near the country town of Pulborough an hour or so south of London  .
Many years ago when I first started planning this trip , West Sussex was one of the first courses I selected - in all my reading it had always appealed to me.
The course was designed  by Sir Guy Campbell and Major CK Hutchison in 1930 , and had the feel of a low key country course compared to the Heathland courses we had been playing . 
The club is making a determined effort to maintain the look and feel of a traditional heathland course , and has a 15 year plan to keep thinning the trees rather than let the trees gradually dominate the course...
The first couple of holes were very nice , but over relatively flat land - and then the course turned toward the back of the property , and some wonderful undulating terrain was traversed
The course is short - 6200yards from the tips , but had significant variation in the types and length of hole - and it is only par 68 . It is important to hit your tee shot straight because the heather is everywhere!
The par 3's were of all lengths , and all good , and the interesting short 4's got my attention .The fairways were firm and fast , and some approaches had to be bounced in well short  of greens to avoid barrelling through the rear.... 
I came away thinking that West Sussex is not a championship course , and should not be compared easily to the other heathland courses we have played .
But it has a lovely country feel , and enough charm and interest to seriously consider coming back for an extended stay . 
In fact I loved the place!
It would make a lovely place to be a member for a week or two each year!
pw
June 2010
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