Wonderful course; playability very weather dependent
Worthing has two courses, the Lower and Upper. I played the Lower course which is generally regarded as the premier of the two.
The course was in wonderful condition; tee-boxes, fairways; bunkers and greens.There are significant changes in elevation to negotiate, the most severe uphill challenges being on the back 9. The par 4s indices 1, 2 & 3 were particularly difficult, especially when the very windy conditions materialised for the back 9. The par 3s were also a beautiful challenge.
The Lower course is a par 69, with an SSS of 70; 6505 yards from the whites and 6184 yards off the yellows. I played the course once previously with Roger Ackerman's Pinetrees Society.
Weekday visitor fees are £50 for the Lower course, £25 as a members guest or £30 with a County Card. The green fess for the Upper course are lower.
By entering the club's Seniors Open Stableford Competition with an entry fee of £40 including coffee; 18 holes, a two course buffet lunch and prizes, I enjoyed excellent VFM. The club also provided bananas, biscuits and bottled water at the 1st tee.
The VFM was even more so by the fact that my two playing competitors as individuals were also team partners and in this context we won the team event by 1 point on 102 points, winning a £40 voucher each to spend in the club pro-shop. Unsurprisingly one of my teammates (Alan Frew) was the overall winner on 38 points, 20 on the back nine in very windy conditions.
Hospitality by our competition organisers, the Worthing membership and catering providers was also very welcoming and of high order.
There is an excellent pro-shop; practice facilities were excellent though I did not personally use them.
Play it it you can get a good deal.
The 'Lower Course', lovely and well worth playing
Paid £22 to play the 'Lower' course at Worthing as a guest of a member (£28 I believe as a visitor).
It was New Year's Eve so expected it to be a little laid back but was still pleasantly surprised by the friendly clubhouse and friendly members.
Practice facilities looked good (but didn't use them!). Played the Lower Course (6505 yards) not the shorter Upper Course (5211 yards).
Have to say it was lovely, weather was kind (cold but no rain) and the the course rises quickly then falls to wind through a pretty valley before rising again to give lovely views across Worthing to the English Channel and the Isle of Wight.
Very well maintained and an excellent challenge with elevated tees, elevated greesn, numerous level changes, nasty bunkers and wildy undulating fairways (you have to be pretty good to score well here!).
All in all thoroughly recommended (and a steal at £22)