Golf Life: Seaford Golf Club
PUBLISHED: 01:16 29 April 2011 | UPDATED: 12:01 28 February 2013
In the first of a new series looking at golf clubs and courses across Sussex, Clive Agran checks out Seaford Golf Club. Will your club be next?
Founded in 1887, Seaford Golf Club moved just over 100 years ago to Blatchington and had five-time Open champion J H Taylor design what is now regarded as one of the finest downland courses in the country. Originally 5,814 yards, it was revised in 1911 and subsequently lengthened so that today it measures 6,546 yards. Apart from a few modifications to the bunkers and a couple of unrequested craters, courtesy of the Luftwaffe, it has largely remained unaltered since.
And its easy to see why no one would presume to tamper with something so glorious, as can be seen from its 11th green, pictured above. Undoubtedly the magnificent panoramas over the Downs and out to sea contribute enormously to what makes it so special. With the soft turf beneath your feet and nothing to impede the view, it almost feels as if youre walking on the felt roof of the county. Being so high and exposed, wind is a major factor that so dramatically alters the character of the holes, you can never grow weary of playing them. The modest par three you birdied today, might not be reachable next time you tee off.
Although theres only one par five, there are seven par fours over 400 yards. If you struggle to reach the green in two, it might be as well to remember that a long-driving competition held at Seaford Golf Club in 1893, before the invention of the rubber-cored ball, was won with a hit of only 199 yards.
Not only is the course beautiful, its also pretty forgiving. The bushes, mostly gorse and blackthorn that lay either side of the fairways, are far enough back not to be too threatening. And the chalk beneath ensures the course drains rapidly and is playable whatever the weather.
Finally, mention must be made of the delightful Dormy House. Open from March to November and occupying the first floor of the clubhouse, it can comfortably accommodate 20 golfers.