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Willingdon Golf Club and Willingdon Golf Course
Willingdon Golf Club and Willingdon Golf Course
Welcome To Willingdon Golf Club
Details Correct As Of 07/04/2015

Address    Southdown Road
Town    Eastbourne
Postcode    BN20 9AA
Secretary / Manager    J. Packham
First Name / Manager   No Information Given
Telephone    01323 410981
Fax    01323 411510
Club Website Address   www.willingdongolfclub.co.uk/
Email Address   secretary@willingdongolfclub.co.uk
Course Information Line Telephone    01323 410984
Greenkeeper    Peter Negus
Club Professional    T. Moore
Telephone    01323 410984
Fax   No Information Given
Pro's Website Address   No Information Given
Pro's Email Address   No Information Given
Club Steward / Manager   No Information Given
Telephone    01323736967
Fax   No Information Given
Number Of Holes    18 Hole
Course Yardage    6,158
Par    69
Yardage Markers On Course   yes
Changing Room Facilities   yes
Handicap Certificates Required   no
Driving Range   no
Soft Spikes Required   no
Society Day(s)    
Type Of Club    Members
Course Type    Downland
Green Fees Weekdays    Summer - 24.00 Winter - 20.00
Green Fees Weekends    Summer - 35.00 Winter - 25.00
Green Fees Twilight   No Information Given
Green Fees Junior    Summer - 20.00 Winter - 17.50
Green Fees Society   No Information Given
Green Fees Other   No Information Given
Joining Fee    957
7 Day Membership Fee   No Information Given
5 Day Membership Fee    814
Ladies Membership Fee    957
Junior Membership Fee    113
Country Membership Fee   No Information Given
Other Membership Fees   No Information Given
Membership Fee Information   No Information Given
Proshop Available   yes
Club Hire Available   yes
Club Repairs Available   yes
Custom Club Fitting Service   yes
Trolley Hire Available   yes
Electric Trolley Repair   yes
Buggy Hire Available   yes
Lessons Available   yes
Course Planner Available   yes
Bar Available   yes
Breakfast Available   yes
Lunch Available   yes
Afternoon Tea Available   yes
Dinner Available   yes
Accommodation Available   no
The golfing boom towards the end of the 19th century spawned many new courses, including Willingdon. The history of our club really begins in 1898 when a group of local worthies, including the Marquess of Willingdon put together a simple 9-hole layout with a corrugated iron hut as their clubhouse.

This first course survived seven years or so until 1905, when the legendary J. H. Taylor was commissioned to redesign the layour to a more traditional 18 holes.

Throughout the Edwardian period and into the roaring twenties the Taylor course survived, until, in 1925 the celebrated Dr. Alister Mackenzie, architect of the famous Augusta National, was called in to expand the layout and make more sense of the natural features of the land, and it is his course, largely unchanged, that we play today.

02/10/2010 - Sent by Kyle
  I first played Willingdon a few years ago, after being greeted by the friendly staff in the pro shop i tee'd up on the 1st tee. The course was in excellent condition with the fairways and greens being very well maintained and keep to a consistent speed. After this round i was decided to take up a junior membership. And i don't regret it, the members both junior and adult are friendly and more then happy to offer advise or to play with you when play gets slower on the busier days or when there is a competition. To round this up, the course is really well kept, the staff and members are friendly and helpful. The course offers a difficult challenge on some of the holes most noticeable the 5th called the "sleeper" So called as the raised green is protected by railway sleepers. 10/10 Lovely course, would recommend to anyone.

04/09/2008 - Sent by Golfing Steve
  The golf course is in great shape with some spectacular views across the East Sussex levels. But as for course etiquette- forget it if our day was anything to go by.

Having left the friendly and welcoming club pro we set off, a singles match, with only a three ball ahead of us. By the fifth we had caught them up and when, on the ninth they were joined by a fourth member, we hoped they might let us through. But dream on. We waited again on the 10th tee, a par three, and were told by one member of the group, 'It's busy up ahead.' No more or less and there we stood.

Factor in the number of unrepaired pitch marks and unreplaced divots and it is clear that a number of Willingdon members could do with a crash course in etiquette. With some lovely holes with elevated tees this is such a shame. Forget that 'Warm welcome' on the club website, the only welcome we got yesterday was from the pro. Our experience was of a really pleasant, well maintained course and extremely rude members.

Designed by J.H. Taylor/ Dr A. Mackenzie. Founded in 1898. A unique, hilly downland course set in Oyster - Shaped amphitheatre. Practice ground and nets are available.

North of Eastbourne, one mile from station, just off A22 at traffic lights (signposted).
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