Golf Life: Dale Hill at Ticehurst
PUBLISHED: 01:16 11 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:41 20 February 2013
Clive Agran continues his tour of Sussex golf courses. This month he is at Dale Hill
Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club is doubly blessed for it has not one, but two beautiful courses. Designed by the former Masters champion and 2006 European Ryder Cup captain, the eponymous Woosnam course is the more spectacular. Sweeping through the lovely High Weald close to Ticehurst in an Area of Outstanding Beauty, it offers great golf, superb scenery and total tranquillity.
Built in 1997 and 6,512 yards long, the course has rapidly established itself as one of the finest in the county. The Europro Tour played it a little while back and for the last couple of years, the PGA South Region has held its flagship event the Southern Professional Championship on the Woosie.
All of which would appear to confirm Ian Woosnams claim that, The course has been designed to have the perfect balance tough enough for the pros and easy enough for the amateurs - and can be enjoyed by all.
Nicely wooded without being too intimidating and always presented in first-class condition, it rolls around the undulating landscape and provides a very thorough examination. The tone is set at the very outset as the opening tee-shot puts a premium on accuracy. In fact, the first couple are among the hardest holes but there are no easy ones where you can afford to allow your attention to be too distracted by the gorgeous views.
Whilst the five par threes are particularly pretty, the notorious ninth will stick in the memory the longest. A classic risk/reward hole, a timid tee-shot too far away from the trouble leaves a long approach over a ball-gobbling gulley.
The 17th resembles a stretched version of the 10th at the Belfry. Accuracy off the tee certainly makes the second over a menacing stream a whole lot easier. A lovely uphill par five finish will leave you wanting more, which can be had as a hundred yards from the final green lies the first tee of the Old Course.
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