Course Status

Est. 1904

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Welcome to Piltdown Golf Club

Skilfully carved out of ancient Sussex heathland in 1904, Piltdown Golf Club enjoys a colourful history, a stunning location, and a devoted following among golfers young and old. Visitors are drawn again and again to our challenging heather-lined 18 hole course, excellent practice facilities and welcoming period clubhouse.

We are proud of the fact that Piltdown is a members’ club that offers a sense of belonging to something special. At Piltdown we embrace the traditions and history of the game of golf, whilst still being forward thinking and modern in our attitude.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to a golf club that visitors love to return to. As one recently said “I don’t know what it is about Piltdown but something just keeps bringing you back”.

Investing in the future

An exciting new addition to our facilities that will be opening in the Spring of 2019 is the Putting Green that has been built in front of the clubhouse. This cost £30,000 to build, and over £20,000 was raised through members generosity and fundraising. Club secretary Phil Bonsall also managed to obtain a development grant from the EU of £7,500 to make the project a reality.

During 2013-18 we invested over £500,000 on the course to improve the quality and drainage of the greens and make a number of design changes. All 18 greens have been rebuilt, and the last two to be completed will be ready for the 2018 season.

Alongside this investment in the course, we have completed a redecoration of our bar and dining room, and have also opened a new covered driving range, which includes an indoor teaching room and golf simulator.

Apply for membership

For further details on club membership and our subscription rates please click here.


Craft Club

Many Piltdown members also belong to the Craft Club (Can't Remember a Flipping Thing) The Club is open to both men and ladies. Read more

Junior Organisers

Piers Heagerty has been doing an excellent job as Junior Organiser in recent times. However we always need more volunteers to keep up the good work, and cover when Piers is not available. If you are interested, we would love to hear from you. In the meantime please contact Piers, Jason Partridge or Phil Bonsall if you have any queries.

Green Team News

The club have a Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England (NE), which is a government department whose purpose is to protect and improve Englands natural environment Read more

Academy Lesson Dates

ACADEMY LESSON DATES FOR 2019. Please phone the Pro Shop to book a session on 01825 722389. Maximum of 6 people per session Read more

Press Releases

PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 13.5.19 Last week the Piltdown men played for the Burton Salver, which was presented in 1977 by his family in memory of Ted Burton, one of the club's most important members in the 1950s to 70s. This year it was won by Simon Dolph with 41 points. Paul Kennett was runner-up with 40, and Matthias Wetkski and Ken Bulteel were equal third with 39. We await a full report on the men's SLOGGS victory by 9 matches to 6 over Pyecombe at home. Meanwhile the ladies played their Coronation Foursomes, which Alison Hailwood and Hilary Humphry-Baker won with a handsome score of 39 points. Wendy Masters and Christine Brown were runners-up with 37. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 6.5.19 The Piltdown Ladies held their two-day Spring Meeting last week. In the Thursday Medal Lucy Jackson's nett 69 took the President's Cup, one better than Judy Roberts' 70, but Judy's 86 won the Finch-Noyes Scratch Cup for the best gross score of the day. Patricia O'Shea won the Bronze Challenge Cup for her gross 96. Caroline Bradley won Div 2 with nett 68. Penny Malloy and Alison Hailwood won the Friday foursomes. Special congratulations to Sheila Horscroft on being awarded the Peg McMillan Trophy for the most improved player of the year. The men's Slogg team (Sussex League of Gentlemen Golfers) lost their opening match at Pyecombe by 8 points to 5, but team captain Iain Hedley was not disheartened: this was a considerable improvement on last year's opener (a whitewash), his whole team was on parade early, and all showed excellent sense after tackling this very hilly course by checking the whereabouts of the nearest defibrillator. Above all, everyone enjoyed the day immensely. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 29.4.19 This week the Piltdown ladies played a medal round for the Robertson Cup, which was presented in 1929 by Mrs R Robertson for the best score in the April medal from those who have qualified in medals during the year. Although stablefords dominate the timetable nowadays, a good number of ladies took on the special challenge of a medal, and one of them in particular, Sue Gould-Davies, achieved a splendid gross score of 83, miles ahead of anyone else. However, medals use handicap and three ladies in Div 3, namely Rosemary Burns, Gill Cambo and Pam Fielding, had nett 69; the cup went to Rosemary for the best back nine. The most significant event of the men's week, after another quiz brilliantly run as usual by Mike Whitlam, was a heart-warming win against Goodwood in the Cyril Blake, at home, by two and a half to one and a half. Apparently it all came down to the last putt on the last green, a disturbing four-footer, which our intrepid captain Chris Manwaring put away without a qualm - not a visible one anyway. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 15.4.19 Piltdown is gearing up for the big Easter weekend series in which men and ladies have their own competitions and trophies based on their best three scores over the four or five days. In the Monday stableford no fewer than eighteen men scored 36 or more points. The top five all tied on 41: Dennis White, Colin Bullock, Chris Manwaring, Paul Sellars and Steve Loney, all sharing the first prize money but Dennis getting the countback nod. No such sharing or countback interfered with the Piltdown Masters Sweep. Sue Gould-Davies was the lucky winner and, because the number of entries at £10 a go was so huge she took home a cool £350. John Burns, who was second, having been the big winner last year, is now in some demand as a lottery adviser.