Testimonials and kind words

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club has been welcoming visiting golfers for over a century. Our visitors effectively become members of the club for a day and we are dedicated to ensuring that each and every one of them enjoys the club to its fullest.

 from golfshake. com

“My favourite course! Nothing else to say, just wished I lived next door.”
— Shaun W

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“Great course, fantastic setting, so enjoyable to play.”
— Duncan S

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(West Course).” I played this on a bright November day following a week of heavy rain. The pro shop advised on arrival that it was ‘a bit wet out there.’ However the course was in good condition, a few odd wet bits but generally a very playable.

“The course was really interesting - a great mixture of holes. Although a short course, this is still a interesting and good test with good use of the land.”
— Paul M

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“This is a top-quality course, managed in a traditional manner. Quality firm putting surfaces, playable year round. One needs to hit it straight, you will loose balls if you don't. First four holes give a gentle start, then some cracking holes like 5, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 17. Heathland golf at its best!”
— M, from Sussex

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“Fantastic old course and well worth the effort needed to climb some steep slopes- none more so than the stroke two index 13th. There are four of the best Par-3’s to be found anywhere in the county, ranging from the short but fiendish, 125-yard, #6 hole with its stream and two-tiered sloping green … to the 249-yard #10 off an elevated tee offering fantastic views across the forest.

“This is a great test of golf and, if you need some rehab after lunch then the shorter West Course is a belter in its own right. The 18th hole Par-4 on the West is possibly the best hole on either course.”
— Steve, from Lewes 

Our story in words

Two booklets were published on the history of Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club to celebrate the 75th and 100th anniversaries in 1963 and 1988. The first by Gordon Petch was full of personal anecdotes and the second by Henry Arnell gave the framework of our existence and was, he said, "done in a six month rush with insufficient funds - one day someone will come along and do a proper history". That day has arrived. Colin Strachan's award-winning "Fair Ways in Ashdown Forest", celebrating the Club's 125th anniversary, is now available to buy from the Club.

Please click here to view the flyer and to find out how you can purchase your copy.

“By the way, Colin Strachan's book is outstanding.”
— Prof Ronald Barr McMaster Univ., Canada

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“It is indeed a fine book, of handsome design and thorough research. A book to be very proud of and future generations will be very grateful to have access.”
— Scott Macpherson, golf architect and author

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“Fair Ways in Ashdown Forest looks fantastic and must have been a huge amount of work.”
— Prof Neil Millar University College London

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“It is clear from the first reading that it has been extensively researched, it is beautifully produced, has many unique photographs and very well written. It has brought to a wider audience the many celebrities that has graced the club with their presence over the years.”
— Dick Durran, past editor Through The Green

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“It really is a tour de force. I have enjoyed dipping into it already. Congratulations.”
— Donald Steel

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“Your above golf club history book is by far the best golf club book I have and it will be  proudly passed on to the library of my golf club . 

“It is an achievement of herculean endeavour over an amazingly short time of 4 years. I particularly admire the way you have identified the individual members that have contributed notably to the DNA of RAFGC .

“The pictures are superb – what a joyous record you have given to the next generations of members.

“Golf is in your blood – you are steeped in its tradition – and you have superbly captured the ethos of your Club which is worth preserving in a fast changing world.

“I will forever enjoy referring to it as a precedent and it will proudly sit on the top shelf of the library of The Australian Golf Club.”

— Don Dunne, historian, The Australian Golf Club

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“I have been reading your wonderful history of the club over the weekend. Can I congratulate you on a really special book. I admire your fluent prose, and the research that you have been able to undertake is that of a trained academic. I enjoyed the broad range of photos, stretching over 100 years and the stories of Abe Mitchell and Yew Tree cottage were all new to me. As John Carey says of a new bio of Keats, it is a great achievement, authoritative to a degree that a should make all future historian of this or any club quail.”
— Guy Davison, RAFGC member


Read a review of the Old Course from the FineGolf website here.

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