Littlehampton Golf Club

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  • Architects:
    • Taylor, JH
    • Hawtree, Fred
  • Holes of Merit:
    2, 8


It is the only links course to be found between Hayling and Rye and the only true links in the county of West Sussex.

Golf Course Review

Littlehampton Golf Club is found in a seaside resort town on the south coast of England in the county of West Sussex. It is situated on West Beach and lies directly on the English Channel and on the western bank of the mouth of the River Arun. Views across the channel and of the South Downs are afforded from the course.

The club was founded on February 16, 1889, making Littlehampton Golf Club the oldest golf club in West Sussex. Originally a nine-hole layout, it was was extended to 18 holes in 1894.

From 1889 until 1908, the only way to access the links was by boat from across the estuary. Two boatmen who were named Jimmy and Peachy ferried keen golfers across the fast-flowing river for a single penny!

FG Hawtree and JH Taylor were called upon to remodel the course prior to 1926. Significant changes were made to the routing as well as the reconstruction of several greens. Few alterations have been made since then and the quality and creativity of the green complexes remain the course’s strength.

Tom MacKenzie has consulted on the links in recent years and has remarked the 'the greens at Littlehampton, as a set, rank amongst the most creative seaside greens in the country and should be considered in the same bracket as the likes of Rye, Deal and Dornoch.' The 2nd, 5th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 18th have all be highlighted as superb examples of links greens at Littlehampton Golf Club.

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