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 17.6.19 Paul Kennett is to be congratulated on winning the Piltdown Captain's Prize off the white tees and against a strong field with an impressive 39 points, which together with his exceptional recent performances resulted in a handicap cut from 9 to 7. Chris Ward and Simon Bulteel had 38 each, Chris taking the runner-up spot on countback. The ladies are having an exceptional season under the inspiring leadership of their captain Gilly Steele. At the start they made the brave but clearly sensible decision not to enter a team in the very tough county Division One: it was becoming harder to field a competitive side, and trying to do so weakened the other teams. The results so far have proved the point: the Div 2 team, led by Lucy Jackson, and the Div 3 team, led by Annette Shelford, have both qualified for their respective quarter finals, for the first time for several years, by coming top of powerful groups. On top of all that our team of four came third out of 46 teams in the Kathleen Rider Foursomes at Ham Manor. In the weekly stableford Lucy Jackson was the winner in Div 1, Alison Hailwood in Div 2, and Tina Hatcher in Div 3. Finally, in the Pyecombe Pitcher, an inter-club men's four-ball-better-ball competition off scratch, the Piltdown team beat Cowdray Park by four matches to one. A remarkable 11-year-old named Ethan Randall, handicap six, was in one of the winning pairs. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 9.6.19 On June 6th Piltdown men and ladies played their respective D Day Medal competitions. In the ladies' event Sue Gould-Davies recorded the lowest gross score with an excellent 80, no fewer than 9 shots better than anyone else in the field, but the medal went to Rosemary Burns with a superb nett 63. Runner-up was Chris Russell-Vick with a nett 63 to add to her recent achievements, in recognition of which her handicap has been slashed by five shots! Simon Lapthorn's nett 62 won the men's medal in the afternoon of the same day. Roy Marshall and Nigel Steele tied for second on 64. Timothy Swait's impressive 75 was the best gross score. On Saturday the Piltdown Trophy, a foursomes stableford, revealed just how challenging the tiger tees are. So congratulations are due to William King and Jon Wale for a winning score of 32 points. Runner-up with 30 were Chris Ward and Guy Humphry-Baker. The SLOGGS team lost to Copthorne, away, the league leaders and favourites to win it, by 8 points to five - but team leader Iain Hedley, who always looks on the bright side of life, reckons the home win by 9 points to six balances this away result. His latest pearl is this: there is a golden thread of positivity surging through this squad. Well done, Iain. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 3.6.19 Piltdown teams are continuing to thrive in county competitions: both the Cyril Blake team, led by Chris Manwaring, and the Birchwood Trophy team, led by Joe White, have reached their respective quarter-finals, and the ladies' Div 2 and Div 3 teams have a good chance of following suit. In the men's stableford on Wednesday Peter Osborne came home with a princely 45 points, fully six points more than his closest rivals Malcolm Hunt and Roger Jordan, and had his handicap reduced by two as a result. On Monday the men competed in a medal round for the Sussex County Golf Union Claret Jug, which was won by Neil Hart with nett 65. Andrew Shaw was second with nett 66. Martin Copperwheat's 76 was the best gross score, and he and Neil qualify for the SCGU Jug Final at Dale Hill on October 1st. Congratulations and best wishes to them. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB Press Report 27.5.19 Piltdown men and ladies have had some good results recently in inter-club matches. The Cyril Blake team had an excellent win away at Chichester and now face local rivals Crowborough in Round Three. Also in Round Three of a county event are the Birchwood Trophy team, who beat Ifield away and Ham Manor at home. The ladies have had good results too such as the Div 3 7-0 home win against Highwoods and the 6-1 win at home by the Div 2 team. And of course Iain Hedley's SLOGGERS have soared imperiously to second place in their pool with, they feel sure, even better things to come. The ladies had a fine turn-out for their weekly stableford. Hilary Humphry-Baker's 41 points won Div 1 comfortably and Pauline Burgiss's 42 took Div 2 equally comfortably. Helen Metcalf's 35 just scraped home in Div 3. The final of the King Cup (a winter singles knock-out for men) produced a topsy-turvey match which had to go to extra holes. Ken Bulteel took an early three-hole lead but Anton Skrypec, playing better and better as the match progressed, gradually turned it round to take the lead at the 16th. However Ken fought back to force the match into extra holes. The first two were halved, but Anton made good use of his stroke at the 21st to clinch a thrilling victory. Ken's disappointment will no doubt be moderated by his son Simon's excellent gross 72 in the Saturday Medal, a score equalled by Peter Barrett and Nick Cooling but not approached by anyone else. Simon had the best back nine, and his handicap comes down from 6 - 5. The overall winner was Patrick Byrne with nett 64. This event was a qualifier for the PGA Trophy and the Staysure Over 50s, and was won by Adrian Simons, who goes through with club pro Jason Partridge to the regional final. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 20.5.19 A happy throng of ladies enjoyed their stableford at Piltdown on Thursday, especially those who were making their first visit to the podium for a little while. Sue Hopkins is to be congratulated on winning Div 1, but her 37 points were somewhat outshone by Gillian Grose, whose 43 in Div 2 was best of the day, and Barbara Mason, who won Div 3 with 41. Gillian and Barbara both cut a shot off their handicaps. A huge number of men turned out in the hope of getting their hands on the John Amos Trophy (the pint tankard our revered former pro's vessel for his favourite Harvey's), and were present to hear John's widow, Margaret, give her usual amusing speech as she presented the tankard to Stephen Short for his fine score of 43 points. Almost as good, though perhaps less surprising, was runner-up Tony Lake's 42. In the men's medal on Sunday they could choose to play off either the white or yellow tees; if they chose the white they added one stroke to their handicap. The winner was David Blocker with nett 65, closely followed by Chris Strong and Steve Loney, both nett 67. Piltdown's SLOGGS team have been doing well, with victories over top-of-the-league Copthorne, Pyecombe and Ham Manor, all at home. Their leader is the enthusiastic Iain Hedley, who drives his men on with an inspiring and wide-ranging vocabulary: rock-solid, stunning, emotionally-charged, tenacity at its very best to quote but four. 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.