Seaford Head Golf Club

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Address: Southdown Road, Seaford, Brighton, Sussex, BN25 4JS, United Kingdom
Rating: 3.6
Rating: 3.6
Opened: 1887
Holes: 18
Type: Downland
Length: 5848 yards
Par: 71
Rating/SSS: 68
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Green Fees: £20 Midweek; £25 Weekend
Offers: See club website for details
Tel No: 01323 890139
Location: View Map
Website: www.seafordheadgolfcourse.co.uk
   
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Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

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Located in the south of England county of Sussex, Seaford Head Golf Club is well known for its scenic view across the English Channel and the nearby area is steeped in world history. Just a few miles from Brighton, the golf course has recently seen a new state of the art clubhouse built and the course now stands out as one of the best to play in the area. With over £1.7m invested into the clubhouse, with panoramic views from the restaurant area, this Sussex club also has modern changing rooms and showers and a well-stocked Professional Shop. Seaford was one of the first towns in England to establish a golf club.
Description
With local history here dating back to before William I (otherwise known as William The Conquer) the original course was constructed back in 1887. The course and the clubhouse were taken over by Seaford Urban District Council in May 1928. In 1940 the later redesigned in 1946.

The course is a combination of downland and a links course, the course is steeped in recent and ancient history. It was the first course in the Sussex along with Eastbourne Golf Club. Originally the course only has 12 holes and was maintained using the local sheep population (although today they use modern greenkeeping equipment!)

With so many golf course close by, it's no surprise that Seaford Head Golf Course stands out as it has some very quirky and unique golf holes. Essentially, an undulating downland/links style course on the cliffs of England, like its local rival club, Seaford GC,  the Seven Sisters can be seen from our 13th,14th and 15th Holes and the famous 18th Hole has an extended vista over Seaford bay and beyond to Brighton.

However, it is the world renowned 18th hole that gives this place its appeal. Standing at the top of the tee, you will be over 300 feet above sea level. Furthermore, you will watch your drive drop 150 feet to the edge of the fairway but don’t be fooled, you will still need another 200 yards downhill again, to reach the green. This really is golf at its best.

Overall the course is very short at just over 5,600 yards and is a Par 71 off the yellow tees.

Golfers and Visitors of all levels are always welcome.


 

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Number of Reviews: 27

Handicap: 22
Pro Member

22 Jul 2018, 12:32
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 0.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Seaford Head

This is an excellent course, well worth the trip. Nice greens and Tee Boxes. Would love to play the course again sometime and the views are just picture card

  

Handicap: 20
Pro Member

16 Aug 2016, 20:51
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Wonderful views, but a physical test

A links course with great views of the white cliffs. Some very unique holes, especially the downhill 18th which nearly gave my playing partner vertigo. It is very hilly and physically demanding. Make sure the brake is on your trolley. Buggies are available. New clubhouse has been completed. Unsure of the green fees because this was a society booking, but it is a pay and play course. Recommended.

  

Handicap: 25
Pro Member

22 Nov 2015, 23:26
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Seaford Head revisited......

A course I first played when it was rather chaotic due to the construction of the new Clubhouse and I did not really enjoy the experience then (summer 2014). I decided to get a 2nd opinion once the building work was completed and WOW, the new Clubhouse (appropriately named "The View") is extremely well designed with stunning views and a very large terrace overlooking the 18t green. Apparently, it is absolutely packed in the Summer!!!!!!

The course was in much better shape than last Summer, tee boxes seem to have had a make over, same for the bunkers who actually had sand in them, and some water.

Today, Thursday 19 Nov 2015, was tough due to the worst weather conditions to play golf in: very strong winds & continuous rain, well "bloody awful". Most of us from Roger Akerman's Pine Tree Golf Society only played 11 holes and went back in to enjoy the warmth and light of "The View", ie. Clubhouse. Some other keen or "mad" golfers completed the 18 holes as I suppose they did not want to miss playing the 12th uphill Par 3 and the splendid finishing 18th. They deserve a medal. We saw them finishing in style from the balcony, a chip-in putt for Par from Phil. Great finish to his round that got him the well deserved 1st prize, very well done.

I would love to return to play Seaford Head in visible conditions as today no one could admire the views that this location offers and really enjoy this links course, what a great shame!!!!!!!

A very personal note:

I do prefer EAST BRIGHTON golf course, well maybe it is because it is a Members club, so really well looked after, it has a more grandiose feel, openness, with views just as exquisite as Seaford Head, The half way hut wins as well, the best for its location, conveniences, set up and views. It is a course I have played in ALL weather conditions (yes I can be a mad golfer too) and TSGers gets members guest rates......Vive Le TSG.


THE END....
By the Q.O.C.R.



  

TSG

12 Oct 2015, 17:47
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

New Clubhouse

Seaford Head is a physical challenge as it is on the cliffs adjacent to the seven sisters on the south coast. It is great value for money and the course although not one of the best in the area is very acceptable.The new clubhouse is excellent and the staff are very friendly. You have to be quite fit to play Seaford Head. As I have bad knees I could not have play it without a buggy.

  

Handicap: 11

07 Aug 2015, 12:16
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

What a lovely place!

I really enjoyed the view and the course. It's a must visit place!


  

Handicap: 21
Pro Member

31 Jul 2015, 19:38
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Stunning views !

Great location , views to match ,very tough course in the wind !excellent new club house.

  

Handicap: 14
Pro Member

28 May 2015, 18:06
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Loved it!!

Well, Well, well, after all these years of hearing everyone talk about Seaford Head, I finally get to play it... and it was worth the wait!

What a great course. OK it's short but it's a real test of golf.

Spectacular views, the white cliffs, quick greens, pleasant and friendly staff, a brand new modern clubhouse serving good food and the sun shone too.

Many courses get talked up and you can be left disappointed (depending on how you play) but this course really benefits the straight player and there are plenty of opportunities to get your ball up and down. However, make a bad shot and you can be left wondering why you got out of bed....

I imagine it would be a different course in the wind and rain but I for one, will definitely be going back soon!




  

Handicap: 28

09 Sep 2014, 17:23
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 0.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

What a Day!

Perfect golfing day, spectacular views and wonderful course...... all for £14!

Will definitely go back when the Clubhouse is finished!

  

Handicap: 4
Pro Member

16 Aug 2014, 20:59
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Seaford Head GC

What a great course,I love links golf and this delivers.
Geat views and geart holes.A must play.

  

Handicap: 12

04 Jul 2014, 09:44
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 1.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Great views

The ratings for the clubhouse and the facilities are low as they are building a new clubhouse, although saying that, the staff still managed to throw out lots of bacon rolls and a good lunch after our round.

With regards to the course, I have to admit that if it wasn't for the spectacular views, it would be a very ordinary course. Apart from the 10th and the 18th, the rest were pretty bog standard holes. Greens were OK and the fairways average. The rough was absolutely penal but that was it's only defence.

I would schlap down there again for a special event but that would be it.

  

Handicap: 25
Pro Member

03 Jul 2014, 22:16
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 2.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 2.0

A stunning 18th & wonderful views of the South Downs.

That is all I probably want to remember about Seaford Head from my 1st visit.

I did not enjoy the upheaval due the to present construction of a new Clubhouse everything is squeezed, squashed and one can feel the pressure on the staff who seem to have a forced smile but were polite. All the facilities are cramped in Portacabins. the outside seating area is in the Car Park !!!!! mind you it was a nice and sunny spot for after round drinks & presentation.

Proshop: limited stock & no course planner.

Parking very congested and on road leading to golf course.

Due to the construction work, one has to starts at the 5th, which is a very nice downhill, over bushes , slight dog leg Par 5, with a flat green and a few bunkers.

There are no course diagrams by Tee boxes, so not having a course planner, it is a bit of guess work as to where hazards are, etc.

I cannot remember many directional arrows to next Tee either.

Bunkers: the worst I have ever encountered, why called them "sand bunkers" when there only 1 mm of sand on a compacted surface ? I wonder if they come under the "Trade description Act" and has anyone ever challenged a golf club.....

Fairways seem a little neglected.

Greens: rather flat and uninteresting apart from 1 or 2, but cannot remember which ones.

1st cut: quite thick and the rough is as intended and hides many golf balls, most likely to be unplayable. Always take provisional, should your Tee shot have the slightest deviation from the fairways of first cut, will save a lot of time.

Some crissed cross holes, so that will add time to your round, for safety reasons.

Walkers have some rights of way. Quite a few people taking their dog out too. Fresh sea air is very energising.

Seaford Head is a links type, set in a beautiful part of the South coast, with wonderful of the sea, South Downs, Seven Sisters. It has all the right, natural elements, the ups and downs of the land, the vegetation etc. but clearly the course shows signs of neglect. There are challenges and some very interesting holes, specially so the ones where you climb up quite steeply, and the final descent on the 18th, Par 5, but you will find far better local courses to enjoy a round of golf. I was made aware of the disruption but did not expect such upheaval.

Despite all my less that complimentary review, I want to return and play the course when the new Clubhouse is up and running. It should offer wonderful facilities and a stunning view of the coastline, the beach and Seaford Head town.

My highlight was meeting the Lady Captain who gave me a few tips for the day, we were too late for the Pimms (it was Captain's Day), but the tent was still there.

Today (Sat 28 June 2014), it was an SES/Essex Bandits competition with a big turn out. The shiny "little" trophy went to David Holmes who came in with a magnificent Stableford score of 40 points (apparently his golf lessons are paying off...). So, the Trophy remains South side of the River. The weather was excellent, some wind as expected on a links course but the sun was at its warmest and most pleasant when we were relaxing at the 19th hole.

The above are my very own, personal views of my 1st experience at Seaford Head & account of the day. But don't be put off, try for yourself.




THE END........








  

Handicap: 15

02 Jul 2013, 19:30
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Beautiful views, interesting course, very good value.

My first visit to Seaford Head in quite a while and I was pleasantly surprised to find the course in much improved condition - generally very good throughout. Not too long so plenty of chances for pars or better, and the home stretch is always a treat with the spectacular coastal views, especially the par five 18th from it's elevated tee. A wonderful day out and all for a tenner with a 2 for 1 voucher!

  

Handicap: 12
Pro Member

26 May 2013, 19:23
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 0.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Course review

Playing Seaford Head GC was a marvellous experience. The course was challenging but as only 'moderate' winds were there to contend with (except with the 18th) most greens were reachable in regulation or very close to. Almost all of the greens were in excellent condition and played 'true' though of medium rather than fast pace. I played it much better than I was expecting to. Penalties for an unplayable lie and for a lost ball off the tee were the main blemishes in my round. For those who use an electric trolley be prepared to do some serious pushing uphill at times. Reception by staff was very good. The clubhouse facilities were moderate rather than 'grande'. The one downside for me, especially as someone playing the course for the first time, was that the pro-shop did not have a course planner to help course management. All said this was excellent VFM complimented by excellent camaraderie by fellow TSG members.

  

Handicap: 16
Pro Member

25 May 2013, 22:30
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Truly awesome

Seaford Head was everything and more than expected. I had telephoned in advance and spoken with Stephen at the bar to check the facilities in the ladies changing rooms and as he was most helpful, I made an effort to introduce myself upon arrival. Hospitality was excellent, warm and welcoming. Ladies changing room cosy. No lockers available for hire so take your valuables out with you. Clubhouse is small and basic, but does not deter from the hospitality. As for the course, this is everything a links course should be. The course is in good condition, with several blind shots (well - I'm short) and challenging greens. You need to be fit before you climb from tee to green on 12th but the view is spectacular and a reward in itself. 13th onwards gives you a chance to play true links and take in the views at the same time. 18th offers a chance to smash a drive off what feels like a cliff and split the fairway......well - I did anyway! Downhill all the way to the 18th, giving you once last chance to control and not overshoot the green. I want to go back, but I will need a lift again please.

  

TSG

11 May 2013, 19:59
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Great course, not so friendly weather

This was my first trip to a links course and with the wind doing what it does I had a nightmare so didn't overly enjoy today, however this isn't a reflection on anything other than me. The course was in great condition and it really requires good course management.

There's a net to warm up, a putting green and a club shop. None of them overly impressive but they do what they do.

The club house reminded me of my old Cub Scout hut and I believe a new one is being built or planned to be built but the staff were friendly, had a laugh and we had a great egg ham and chips after the round and was a good size and with the bacon sandwich and coffee before the round, all for £28 so you can't fault the value.

There was a sign saying they don't accept cards so take cash, not something I carry with me as a rule.

I appreciate Links is a different cookie all together and my lack of experience shone out like one of the lighthouses Im sure are in the area, not that I saw one as I spent 4.5 hours looking for my ball that I was having to hit 2 fairways left to have any attempt of getting it somewhere playable one fairway right. The one time i didn't go as far right as I aimed left was when my ball seemed to ignore the wind completely and just go straight. How can this happen?

This isn't the course for the unfit. And I include myself in that as my legs are still aching 4 hours later and I'm an ex infantry soldier and have walked around the world and back....twice!!

Can't wait to go back here and if the golf gods could perhaps go easy on the blowing my ball around even better.

Get down here, take a few extra balls and an electric trolley, get egg ham and chips down your Gregory and if you happen to find any balls with a thick black line and my initials (AT) their mine. There's a few down there.


  

Handicap: 10
Pro Member

02 Jul 2012, 09:40
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

A must-play course

It's tough to know where to start....

Everyone at Seaford Head was very welcoming and friendly. The clubhouse is basic, divided into members and non-members sections and has no spike bar, so it's socks or back to the car, or leaving gear in the small but functional locker room. The practice facilities are similarly simple - a single small net and a couple of pretty small flat areas where you could potentially have a putt. All of which becomes irrelevant when you get onto the course.

It's not long, but the slopes and wind make for a really enjoyable test. Even without the scenery these are compelling reasons to visit. In proper links fashion the fairways are fairly wide and undulating, but there are areas of gorse and long grass that will severely punish poor shots. Some of the rises make for exceptional holes - uphill or downhill, sometimes severe enough to make you want an extra gear (or brake) on a trolley, wind with or against, testing club choice.

What would normally be safe medium iron distances into greens have you thinking of knock-down long irons and woods, or pitch and runs. If you don't get to play by the sea regularly it's great to be reminded there is more to the game than selecting clubs just by distance. The greens when we played were in great condition but were pretty slow, most likely the only way of keeping approach shots in with a chance of staying put when the wind is behind.

We played with the sun shining and with what the locals described as a mild breeze and the course and scenery were stunning enough that it would have been enjoyable to have been out there without the golf. With the golf it was simply an outstanding day. I would imagine that when the wind really blows or a cold rain is coming down, it would be easier to question the wisdom of links golf. I'd be willing to bet however that the tougher days simply make the good days even more exceptional. Play this course if you get the chance.

  

Handicap: 20

01 Jul 2012, 18:38
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

What a view...

Grumpy staff, clubhouse and car park need renovating,
course is fantastic, a must to play.

  

Handicap: 16

30 Jun 2012, 21:40
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

not a links lover......but!!!!!!

Never been too enthusiastic about links golf, but this was something else. Some breathtaking views,nicely laid out and a good challenge. Greens although true were very slow.Nice condition and although we had a gentle breeze and a dry day, I would imagine a very tough test with not as good weather. A basic clubhouse but very welcoming and friendly staff. Will certainly play again and has made me think again on links golf!!!!!

  

Handicap: 20
Pro Member

30 Jun 2012, 19:06
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Fantastic course must be played

Links course keep the ball straight and you will score well, go into the rough and the trouble starts. after the 12th par 3 it is very very steep climb to the top but the views are the most amazing I have ever seen. The 18th starting from the top of the cliff it is a very vey steep drop its a par 5 and if you get a good drive away you should be ok, one of the best courses I have ever played

  

Handicap: 28

12 Jun 2011, 11:32
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Beautiful

Stunning views.

  

Handicap: 28

01 Apr 2011, 14:58
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 0.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Lovely, scenic course

Rolling, downland course with beautiful coastal views. Well-maintained fairways, greens in good condition with interesting topography, often fortified by bunkers strategically placed to catch any inaccurate shots to the green! The course is not overlong but has some very intersting holes, and is a good test for golfers of any standard. I would thoroughly recommend it as good value for money.

  

Handicap: 13

01 Oct 2010, 11:15
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Stunning Views

Seaford Head Golf is set atop the chalk cliffs of Sussex and boasts tremendous sea views, especially on the back nine. You can see for miles along the cliffs of the South coast and watch the ferries leave Newhaven bound for Dieppe. If the wind is blowing - beware!
It is a municipal course and as such not tip-top condition, but as a 'downland' course it can be considered like a links; imperfect fairways and challenging, especially in the summer when you get more run on the ball. It had gorse and trees on several holes.
The holes are individually interesting with a few blind shots and steep inclines. Many seem short - but don't underestimate the wind. Playing the eighteenth par five straight down a cliff gives a fun and satisfying finishing hole which can be easily birdied if the wind is with you and you hit a reasonably straight drive!
I think even the members would agree that the club house is pretty basic, but it serves food, drink and has changing rooms...and the staff are friendly.
The pro shop is reasonably stocked, has an experienced pro, so all your needs are catered for.
The ambience is casual...and the rates are cheap.
On a nice day it is well worth a visit. In Winter it stays well drained.

  

Handicap: 15

19 Nov 2009, 17:18
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Seaford Head

Considering the weather we have had,it was very dry.The greens where long to accomadate this but otherwise value for money,just lacks practise facilities...

  

Handicap: 25

19 Nov 2009, 15:58
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Seaford Head GC

A good fun course with spectacular views. The wind can play a large part in your round so take care to play for it.

Great course, will play again.

  

Handicap: 11

17 Jun 2009, 18:15
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Seaford Head

Being a member I play "The Head" pretty regular. I find it a very interesting test of golf ranging from relatively straight forward to damn right difficult when the wind is up. It has many interesting holes with spectacular views when you reach the top of the course and although the facilities are pretty patchwork the course is always in fine fettle.
I would reccomend it to anyone if only for the sheer amount of interesting holes which are there which i find hard pressed to find around other courses in the area bar the royal in eastbourne.
All in all a fine day will be had and for £20 weekdays who can moan at that!!

  

TSG

13 Oct 2008, 08:15
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Seaford Head - a little gem

Personally, I really like this course, my old club used to play against the members twice a year (h and a). Considering it's a public course it is a very fair test of golf and I've always found the course in good condition. Playable all year round. Yes, the club house is in need of updating, but you don't play the club house, do you? Oh, and there are stunning views if your game is not holding your attention!

  

Handicap: 15
Pro Member

05 Oct 2008, 12:03
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Mr R Akerman

Course very well kept, can play havoc with your card on a windy day. Club house in need of replacing, food good.
Pro shop well stocked but staff very un-helpful

  




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