Review's of Pyecombe Golf Club
Played Pyecombe in a completion today, the course was in great condition. Would play the course again give the chance.
Enjoyable - Recommended
Pyecombe is an enjoyable challenge; located in scenic rolling hills; which was played in very windy conditions. The greens had been spiked but were in good condition; as was the course generally. Bunkers were deep and well sanded. The course played long for us moderate hitters especially in the wind. Would love to play it again in summer conditions armed with prior playing experience. The clubhouse was welcoming and the catering service was good.
A good day out...
Hmmmm... can't say I fell in love with Pyecombe but I would say its a very enjoyable course to play on a sunny day!
Never a fan of a course that begins with a short but near vertical climb on the first hole and given the second hole has a brutal slope making it very difficult to score here, its a tough start...however, once past these two holes the course opens up and is definitely a true test for any golfer. The fairways and greens are well looked after and if you can control the wind (you wouldn't want to play here on a cold winter's day!) it is a fun layout to play. There are some stunning views all around the course and at times you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the Welsh valleys.
The clubhouse is cosy and friendly and the food very nice. Fairly priced at £25 a round, I will happily return... next Summer! :-)
Nice downland course
With lot's of hills to not just walk up and down, but play along the side of, this course can be a testing but worthwhile experience. A good variety of holes, only tempered by the fact that at the time of playing the greens had had some work done to them so were more sand than grass. In a few weeks I would expect that to be very different.
Lovely course, great views
Pyecombe is a course just north of Brighton, and it's one that's well worth taking a trip to. The course is certainly hilly in places, but make the effort and the views of the holes and the surrounding hills will make it worth your while. You'll also get to see Jack and Jill close up, two windmills along the South Downs Way.
My favourite looking holes are probably the 3rd or the 9th, but there's lots to like about the others too.
The fairways are pretty wide and inviting, but you'll seldom be granted an even lie off the fairways. The greens will, I'm sure, but far better than they were today, but this is not the time of year to be judging them.
The clubhouse was very cozy, and everyone there seemed pleasant enough. Pyecombe gets a big thumbs up from me, and I'm looking to back again soon.
Pyecombe is exquisite for Winter play......
A quick review to say that Winter golf is a real pleasure at Pyecombe... When we arrived, we were not sure if we would be allowed out on the course because of the snow blanket. We kept liaising with the Pro/Greenkeeper and YES we were allowed to play & brave the elements....
The first 5 holes were snowy/icy (Fairways Greens), but then the sun made its appearance, the snow/ice melted & play was a pleasure as the course drains so well. No mud on the golf shoes or trousers.... It was quite cold and windy at the top of the hills The views wonderful. The fairways & the greens were excellent. No temporary greens, only 2 or 3 temp. tees.
I nearly forgot to mention that we had an excellent deal, as last time we played we were given special vouchers: the round only cost us £11.00, so well worth the drive from Twickenham, Bromley or the South East Coast. The conclusion is Pyecombe is a definite for Winter Golf, and you will be sure of a very warm welcome.
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Another West Sussex marvel with Jack & Jill in the background...
Today, 18th Oct 2012, I attended another Pine Trees Society Day (Roger Akerman's), the venue was at Pyecombe, West Sussex.
Pyecombe Golf Club is well over 100 years old, a few miles North of Brighton & situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park. One can see groups of happy ramblers climbing up the hill to the famous windmills Jack & Jill. It is peaceful, magnificient, inviting: all the holes are very attractive, one wants to eagerly play the next one to discover more hills, more valleys, more views, so much so, that our 4-balls did just that, we played 19 holes... we enjoyed the scenery & the company that somehow we got a little mislead. The last 3 holes have been recently been re-designed (we went wrong at the 16th), maybe the new sign was in the wrong place?! The members behind our group happily waited for us to climb back to the correct hole & appreciated that we enjoyed their golf course. A very friendly bunch of “not so young golfers”.
The course is vast, reminds me of a links course at times, made up of valleys, hills, lots of mature trees, some younger ones, bushes, goarse & rough where one does not want to venture. Natural vegetation & habitat all well managed, so is the golf course with an excellent drainage, playable all year round. Some pretty water holes. Quite a lot of pleasant walking (not just ramblers do the walking), a buggy can be useful but it will have be kept on the designated paths/areas. There are a number of wooden shelters (I counted 8) along the way, I suppose to offer protection from the weather, or when one waits at the Tee box, or for a picnic or just a rest to admire & take in all the wonderful scenery.
Pyecombe GC will please golfers of all levels, the challenge is always present: some blind holes, interesting dog legs, some rough areas between fairways & greens. It will be difficult to pick a few holes to describe, as they all have an individual attraction & challenge, even the 1st hole that looks hazardless going uphill has a sloping green awaiting the unaware: we saw what the undulation/slope did to our respective golf ball & the wind did not help, in fact as soon as your ball is on that green, you should rush & mark it quickly! All the greens were quick, very well cut & challenging, nice shapes & undulation/slope. A good idea to practice “for the feel” before the game.
It is a course I would return to again & again, I believe all the golfers attending the Society day enjoyed their rounds, some very good scores were attained with nice prize rewards. We were all given “2for1” vouchers which I shall happily use/ post a game, so why not join my game, you will receive a very warm welcome from the ProShop which stocks chic & trendy clothing, from the Clubhouse, light & pleasant with a large log fireplace, warming & glowing today, attractive & well organised changing rooms (Ladies, don’t know about the Mens). Excellent practice facilities (in fact our wrong 16th described above, was a practice hole, Par 3/4, just like a real one, well we thought it was!). The Members & staff are all very friendly. It is very easy to find the location with GPS, parking is plentiful (but do not park under the tree on the right hand side or your car will be decorated with unsavoury bird’s stuff, I did, but realised soon enough & moved it).
A very enjoyable place to play golf. Highly recommended. Thank you Roger for organising such a lovely venue & well done on your win!
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Had the pleasure of playing Pyecombe again after a long absence (played once 20 years ago!) and it was all I remembered. Clubhouse seemed friendly, practice facilities are okay but the course is fantastic. The first is a little uninspiring (straight climb up the hill) but after that it just gets better and better. The course is very well maintained, every hole is different and the views from the top of the South Downs are spectacular (but I bet it's not so nice when it's raining!). Plus, at £15 for a guest fee (another TSG members is a member of Pyecombe) the value for money is excellent. Definitely one to be recommended.