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 2020 Please phone the Pro Shop to book a session on 01825 722389. Maximum of 6 people per session Read more

Press Releases

PILTDOWN PRESS RELEASE 4TH AUGUST 2020 The long spell of wonderful weather has seen Piltdown members and their guests out on the golf course in their droves with the start sheet almost fully booked every day. Competitions have come thick and fast too over the past couple of weeks, including the return of Piltdown's much loved and much missed "Tuesday Boys", a drawn foursomes competition which takes place - you guessed it - each Tuesday. Competition is always fierce, for the prize is a bottle of whisky for the victors. The winners of this first competition of the season were John Smith and Bob Gosling who, with 38 points, beat Ken Bulteel and Chris Miscampbell into second place on countback. Ken and Chris had to be content with a bottle of wine apiece. Matthias Wetzki scooped the March Cup on 18th July with 38 points and Anthony Beard took the Spring Trophy, again with 38 points, on countback from Alan Coulthard. On 25th July the men competed for the prestigious IC Trophy played from the white (championship) tees. Simon Wooderson won the day with 37 points again on countback from Chris Wallbeck. Mention must be made of David Willis who had a very impressive eagle 2 on the 5th hole, a 432 yard par 4. Our Hamilton Russell mixed foursomes competition, which in normal circumstances involves two rounds of golf separated by a delicious Piltdown lunch, had to be scaled down to just 18 holes this year. The competition was nonetheless extremely well supported and the winners were Paul Cowdy and Alison Hailwood with an excellent 38 points. Close behind in second place were Lynne Macdonald and Alan Coulthard with 37 points. Last but not least, the ladies played for the Waterstone Cup on 30th July. Congratulations to Annie Dixon who, having won the stableford competition the previous week with a fabulous 43 points, then went on to win the Waterstone Cup with 41 points. With her three shot handicap reduction, Annie will certainly be a big gun in the Piltdown Division 2 armoury when county league matches resume next year. PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 15/7/20 As lockdown eases further, Piltdown members witness the welcome return of their greatly missed catering and bar staff. With carefully planned and executed social distancing measures in place, hungry golfers can enjoy a drink and a snack while lamenting the missed putt on the 5th or the duffed drive on the 10th. There has been much post-golf fun and laughter as life begins to feel just a little more normal. Social golf still figures large in the Piltdown diaries, but members are also now enjoying the return of some competitive golf, with whole club stableford competitions at the weekend and a variety of foursomes and individual knockout competitions, all of which are being well supported and keenly fought. The first stableford held on 14th June was won by Nigel Williams with an outrageous 46 points and it was generally considered that he had been far too well looked after during lockdown. The bar was set high, but in the following weeks Piltdown chaps showed that they can rise to a challenge; Mike Taylor scored 43 points on 21st June, Peter James 45 on 28th June, Philip Keerie 40 on 5th July and Jonathan Barnes 45 points on 12th July. The ladies first stableford was won by Judith Eggers with 36 points, the second by Mary Whichelow with 36, Meg James on 28th June also with 36 and then Judith again with a whopping 42 points which has resulted in a substantial handicap cut. Finally, two Simons have had a hole in one apiece in the last couple of weeks; Simon Lapthorn on the 10th hole the day before the bar opened and Simon Strong on the 7th hole - after the bar opened! Then, determined to do her bit for the ladies' section, Annie Orgill calmly put the ball in the 10th hole for one on Monday. So the Piltdown ship continues to sail a steady course, and a happy one it is, thanks in no small part to the strong leadership of its Captain, Club Manager Phil Bonsall.