Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, East Sussex is a 36 hole Club with the 18 hole, par 72 (6537 yard) Old Course and 18 hole, par 68 (5606 yard) West course. A private, heathland golf course.

Contact Information

Off Chapel Lane, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5LR United Kingdom

Tel: 01342 822018

Golf Pro: Tim Cowley | Tel: 01342 822018

Website: http://www.royalashdown.co.uk
 

Tee Time Information

  • Midweek Guide: £75.00 per round Old Course, £35 per round West Course *
  • Weekend Guide: £95.00 per round Old Course, £40 per round West Course *

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* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.

Course Information:
36 holes | Par Old Course 72; West Course 68 | Old Course 6537; West Course 5606 yards | Private | Heathland

Driving rangeGolf club hireBuggy HireGolf shop Changing roomsClubhouse BarFood Handicap required

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Visitors: Old Course Dress Code

The dress code on the Old Course is that of any traditional golf club. While golfing attire is allowed in the Spike Bar, gentlemen normally wear a jacket and tie in the Dining Room.

Shirts must be tucked in at all times

  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available
  • Voucher Deals Available
  • 7 Day Membership Available

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club Reviews & Information


Golfshake Rating

  4.32

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 112
Average Ratings
4.04 ... Overall Rating
4.05 ... The Course
4.40 ... Course Cond.
3.86 ... Facilities/Serv.
3.89 ... VFM
Addtional Ratings
4.60 ... Pace of play
4.60 ... Hospitality.
4.27 ... Prac. Facil.
4.36 ... Food + Drink
Reviews

112 ratings & 78 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 602 out of 2102.

HIGHLY RATED - 98% would play again or recommend

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What the club says: Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club has two great courses to enjoy and it is not just us that thinks so. Golf World magazine assembled a panel of experts to decide the top 100 courses in England and, given that there are over 2,000 of them, that is no easy task.

The panel voted the Old Course #42 in the country and included our West Course in the next best 100 saying of it, "Like its sister a superb moorland-heathland with no bunkers. Some really excellent holes and, for some on the panel, should join its sister in the main list.”

Set in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, one of the things that golf lovers most appreciate about playing here is that so little has changed over the club’s 125 year history. Heather, humps, hollows, pools and streams remain nature’s defence against shooting a low score.

Situated approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of London in East Sussex, there are only four other courses in East and West Sussex that make Golf World's top 100 and none, apart from Royal Ashdown, that can boast two in the top 200 courses in England.

This beautiful golf club was founded in 1888, and within a year had opened a designated ladies’ course set in mature heathland. Today both award winning courses are available to play in the same day. Without question this is the best 36-hole golf club in Sussex — and not a sand bunker in sight!

Whereas the Old Course remains very much a classic heathland layout the West Course snakes its way through the heart of the Ashdown Forest, that spreads for over 20 square miles in this most beautiful part of Sussex, and has been named the best course under 6,000 yards in the UK by Golf World magazine.

What about after golf?

Each course has its own area of the clubhouse: The Old Course clubhouse may look somewhat austere perched half way up its hill but is a great place of fun. The West Course extension opened in 2004, with all the modern facilities, seating for up to 60 people and is open year-round.

Society Day on your calendar?

Let us help. In fact, let us take care of every last detail.

The quality of the courses, the reputation of the dining rooms and the friendly ambience of the Club make this a favourite venue for Old Boys' matches, society days, charity days, and corporate events.

Here at Royal Ashdown we especially welcome enquiries from event organisers seeking a venue that can provide two 18-hole courses for golfers to play in one day.

We’d love to host your foursome, your group or any occasion you see fit to spend the day on one of the finest tracts of golf in the British Isles. And one last things, the old temporary tee boxes on the West are all being upgraded, with completion due this year. So come next Winter they will all be in top condition.


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Reviewed Jul 9 2019 by Colin H - rated 5 out of 5

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Reviewed Jun 15 2019 by Gavin C - rated 4 out of 5

Hard but fair

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Reviewed Oct 2 2018 by Martin F - rated 3 out of 5

Tough but enjoyable courses

Booked to play on the west course & old course. Both courses were very challenging. Fairways were very good. Very disappointed with the greens on the old course. Loads of sand. No warning & no offer of a reduced green fee or credit note.
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Reviewed Sep 22 2018 by Marek L - rated 4 out of 5

Lovely little course - Shame so wet

Considering amount of rain not surprising that last few greens had standing water...especially 16th. However great short course. Testing holes with many hollows to negotiate but no bunkers. Marking for next tee could be better but after a couple of rounds fairly obvious. Premium on straight and accuratacy.

(Round played: Sep 2018 - Score: 81 Handicap: 16.5)
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Reviewed Sep 20 2018 by scratchgolfer1966 - rated 5 out of 5

Magnificent

I played this course as part of the Sussex Heathland tour as well as Crowborough and Piltdown. The best of all three with no doubt with Crowborough a close second and Piltdown a lowly third. Course was well presented and a true challenge.
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Reviewed Aug 3 2018 by James B - rated 5 out of 5

Excellent course

First time at Royal Ashdown Forest on a very hot afternoon. Really interesting course with lots of contours, bumps and slopes. Dry fairways with plenty of run and tricky greens that are difficult to hold to. But course is not too long and no bunkers. 2nd nine significantly harder than front. Enjoyable round will be back.

(Round played: Aug 2018 - Score: 101 Handicap: 24.1)
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Reviewed Jun 18 2018 by Alan R - rated 5 out of 5

Beauty and Beast

Beautiful course set in some picturesque forest scenery, stick to the fairways and you have a chance, venture off and the rough can be brutal. Will definitely play again

(Round played: Jun 2018 - Score: 94 Handicap: 14.5)
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Reviewed Jun 12 2018 by Peter M - rated 5 out of 5

Great course - well worth a visit!

Really enjoyable round. Tough course - up and down, heather, difficult rough in places, blind shots etc. Great challenge though and beautiful location

(Round played: Jun 2018 - Score: 96 Handicap: 17.1)
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Reviewed Jun 4 2018 by Paul D - rated 3 out of 5

West Course Royal Ashdown

Greens in good condition well worth a visit Greenkeepers sprayed greens green.

(Round played: Jun 2018 - Score: 93 Handicap: 24.2)
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Reviewed May 17 2018 by Michael G - rated 5 out of 5
Lovely golf course in a nice setting. Generous off the tee and some very interesting and challenging holes.

(Round played: May 2018 - Score: 86 Handicap: 11.5)
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Reviewed Apr 10 2018 by Thomas B - rated 4 out of 5

Bit Wet

Great course, played on mats (ladies). Greens played well as always but fairways and rough were wet.

(Round played: Apr 2018 - Score: 93 Handicap: 22)
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Reviewed Nov 10 2017 by Mike F - rated 4 out of 5

Great course

Great course and greens in excellent condition. Overall a great experience and beautiful looking corse

(Round played: Nov 2017 - Score: 88 Handicap: )
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Reviewed Oct 30 2017 by Marek L - rated 4 out of 5

Best Winter course conditions

OK SO NOT QUITE OUT OF oCTOBER BUT COURSE WAS IN GREAT SHAPE. The greens have very suttle boroughs to defend against length. One critism, not very well makred to next tee in a lot of places.

(Round played: Oct 2017 - Score: 88 Handicap: 14.7)
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Reviewed Sep 25 2017 by Daren B - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Sep 4 2017 by James Andrews/ Kent - rated 5 out of 5

"No other club like it"

Recently visited the Royal Ashdown Golf Course, playing both the Old Course and the West Course(part of their sister club the Ashdown West). Both courses were in superb condition, with greens and fairways very well maintained, resulting in two pleasurable yet challenging (due to the nature of the course) rounds of golf. I can confirm that the notorious Old Course certainly lived up to it status as being ranked #31 in the Top 100 UK Courses, with the West Course certainly acting as strong competition.

Clubhouse and Pro shop staff were very friendly and went above and beyond to make sure that our whole experience was enjoyable. With such a wide diverse range of food options on their bar menu it made choosing very difficult! However, when myself and my guests finally decided we were blown away with how good the food tasted, especially for the extremely reasonable prices they were charging!

A splendid golfing experience, with great courses, fantastic food and outstanding customer service, will be recommending this club to every golfer I know. Looking forward to my next visit, which was booked shortly after I left!

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Reviewed Jul 23 2017 by Mike T - rated 5 out of 5
Wonderful golf course with some of the best holes of golf in Sussex.
We had a few heavy showers that disrupted the round and the course held up ever so well.
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Reviewed Feb 19 2017 by Daren B - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Sep 28 2016 by Robbie S - rated 4 out of 5
Greens were good, fairways sloping as ever but alot of the harsh penalising grass was cut back, so less time wasted looking for lost balls

(Round played: Sep 2016 - Score: 89 Handicap: 16.2)
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Reviewed Jul 25 2016 by Daren B - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Jul 9 2016 by John F - rated 3 out of 5
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