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”.

Piltdown was always considered a "hidden gem" but we are delighted that it is not quite so hidden anymore, as we regularly feature among the Top 100 Golf Courses in England.

Continually Investing in the future

 

During 2013-18 we executed our 5 year plan investing over £600,000 on the course to improve the quality and drainage of the greens and make a number of design changes. All 18 greens and their surrounds have been completely rebuilt and are now widely considered to be amongst the best in Sussex.  Alongside this investment in the course, we have also opened a new covered driving range, a brand new practice putting green and an indoor teaching room with a virtual golf simulator.

Our next 5 year plan is equally exciting and will deliver an even greater golfing experience. The natural beauty and feel of Piltdown, as a top heathland course, will continue to be enhanced with our extensive heather management program.  

A new bore hole and water storage facility, and new drainage techniques will help us to manage better the course conditions throughout the year in an environmentally friendly way.  Off the course our plan includes sympathetic upgrades to the club house, its  facilities and car parking whilst retaining its true character and charm.

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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 Calendar 2020

If you would like to download a copy of our 2020 fixtures please click on the link. If you want to get involved in any of these events please contact Junior Organiser - Piers Heagerty, Professional - Jason Partridge or Secretary - Phil Bonsall. Read more

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 25.11.19 The monsoon rages on. In the absence of golf the excitement at Piltdown has all been of a more histrionic variety, in the form of the annual production by the Piltdown Players. For five nights, to a full and happy clubhouse audience on seating handsomely tiered, they performed Alan Ayckbourn's one-act farce Gosforth's Fete, preceded by a new one-act creation from member Mike Whitlam. Cleverly using Ayckbourn's characters but set a week earlier than the fete, it showed Whitlam wit at its borderline best and even gave Roger Street his usual villainous opportunity to force his way among the Three Little Maids from School. (The other two sang very sweetly.) Andrew Keith played the part of the Vicar so convincingly that one felt he had missed his vocation. But the star of the show was former captain Simon Strong, a stage natural blundering his way through his fete - or was he just being himself? Anyway, congratulations to Director Nick Watson, who brought everything together, and to the many gifted performers and crew who supported him. As always at Piltdown the programme included a superb two-course supper. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 4.11.19 The recent monsoon has forced some course closures at Piltdown, so the news is a bit sparse. And on the one day on which it was possible to open the course so that the popular event in which the ladies combined with the Tuesday Boys could go ahead, the rain poured throughout. They all got very wet, but they had a good lunch to compensate and went home happy. The winners with an impressive 42 points were Guy Humphry-Baker and Stephanie McKenzie-Hill. Luckily the weather smiled more benignly on the Juniors for their Drive, Chip and Putt event. Patrick Heagerty won it and Finn O'Shea was second. And they were well represented at the Quadrangular with Crowborough, Haywards Heath and Royal Ashdown, at Ashdown. The programme included an 18-hole stableford, 9-hole 4-ball better-ball matches, and a scramble over 6 holes, which offered something for all ages and abilities. A very friendly and positive atmosphere has established itself for these fixtures, with each club hosting an event at different times during the year. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 28.10.19 The recent monsoon has forced some course closures at Piltdown, so the news is a bit sparse. And on the one day on which it was possible to open the course so that the popular event in which the ladies combined with the Tuesday Boys could go ahead, the rain poured throughout. They all got very wet, but they had a good lunch to compensate and went home happy. The winners with an impressive 42 points were Guy Humphry-Baker and Stephanie McKenzie-Hill. Luckily the weather smiled more benignly on the Juniors for their Drive, Chip and Putt event. Patrick Heagerty won it and Finn O'Shea was second. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 14.10.19 When the Intelligence Corps finally left Maresfield Camp in 1965 they presented a trophy to Piltdown Golf Club to thank the members for their hospitality over the years. The IC Trophy is awarded to the player with the best aggregate in the Spring and Autumn stablefords, and this year it was won by Rob le Cras. Well done Rob; he also had the best or equal best score in each of the two rounds, 38 and 36. Chris Hall was runner-up with 37 and 33. Two other major trophies for men were settled this week: congratulations to Tony Lake, who won a close match against Chris Martin in the final of the Hanmer Bowl - a prize of antique value as it was presented in 1920 by Founder Member TW Hanmer for the handicap matchplay championship; and to Derek Elphick, who beat Kahil Sealey in the final of the Hawes Rosebowl, awarded to the winner of the scratch knock-out. Meanwhile the ladies had a strong entry for their weekly stableford, in which Susan Carey's fine score of 40 points was well clear at the top of Div 1. Ann Dixon's 35 won Div 2 and Sacha Newell's 38 won Div 3. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 23.9.19 Piltdown held its own Pointless quiz on Saturday, a version superior to the TV programme in three main respects: seventy people took part in teams of 8 of 10, with no knock-outs (they all played through to the end); there was a splendid supper at half-time; and it was all brilliantly prepared and tirelessly presented by one member, Dennis White, who could teach Alexander Armstrong a thing or two. Coming down to the level of mere golf, the ladies held their Autumn Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, with the following results: Silver Best Gross: Gilly Steele. Best Net: Sue Carey. Bronze Gross: June Oakes. Best Net: Annie Dixon. Thursday Greensomes: Gilly Steele and Annie Dixon 40 points. Lynne Macdonald and Judy Burnett 39. Congratulations to all the prizewinners, and to Ladies Captain Gilly Steele and her team for running a great event in splendid weather. In the Friday Pro AM Piltdown members Nick Cooling, Joe White and Jamie Williams, playing with pro Ben Harmer, won the team event with 11 under par. The leading pro was AJ Richardson, whose 67 included an eagle two at the par 4 16th followed by a birdie three at the 17th. The condition of the course drew much praise for Matt and his team. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 16.9.19 There was a happy day for the Piltdown Men's Invitation last Saturday: 84 players enjoyed the buffet lunch almost as much as the golf course. Jon Wale and his guest Tony McKernan from Worthing won first prize, with the fine score of 45 points; Paul Kennett and John Morrissey were second on 43. Jonathan Vening and Terry Girdler won the prize for the best front nine and John Graham and Paul Richards for the best back nine. The ladies played a stableford for the Grannies' Cup, which was won by Sue Fowler with the formidable score of 40 points, enough to bring her handicap down one. Meg James also had 40 at the top of Div 1, and Patricia O'Shea won Div 1 with 42, the best score of the day. Isabelle Marsh won the weekend stableford with 41 points; she too enjoys a cut in her handicap. At the weekend Simon Wooderson won what is probably the toughest competition of all, a medal off the white tees. His gross 76 net 66 was outstanding, and brought his handicap down to 9. Robert Le Cras and Mark Stevenson also did well, both net 69. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 9.9.19 Ladies Captain Gilly Steele and her Vice-Captain Lucy Jackson bore the burdens of office with a fine example this week, Lucy winning Div 1 with 38 points and Gilly following closely with 37. Patricia O'Shea's 39 won Div 2 and was the best score in all divisions, and Gilly Cambo recaptured her familiar position at the top of Div 3 with 37. The men played a yellow-blue tee stableford. In this competitors can choose whether to play off blue or yellow, and to compensate for the blue tee advantage those who choose yellow add four to their handicap. Neil Cain's handicap of 15 therefore gave him 19 shots on the day, and even if you assume his winning score of 47 was really 43 that's still a damned good effort - and so congratulations to him. Anyway his handicap Is now 13!