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ESN Golf Brochure – read about the venue

2018 diary PDF version click to view

Course & Range Information

Due to the wet conditions the range will be closed until 8.30 Monday to Friday & 12 to 1pm every day to allow for hand picking of the range balls. 


Safety Information – Please use extreme care when walking on the course, especially around the greens & tees as all slopes remain very wet.



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 Pull Trolleys allowed on the course.


 Paths Only


Winter rules now in operation.

Pick, wipe & Place and plug ball through the green.

COURSE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE – 2018 the Courses will be closed during the following periods:-Please contact the Golf Shop for further information.  01825 880256

West Course – Monday 30th July until Friday 3rd August

East Course – Monday 3rd September to Friday 7th September.

Maintenance Work takes place throughout the year and is planned to offer minimal  disruption and optimum benefit to the playing surfaces.   EAST SUSSEX NATIONAL GOLF CLUB – 2018 course maintenance

Updated 16/01/18 at  8.05am,

Latest Member News


Rule 26 Water Hazards (Including Lateral Water Hazards)

26-1 Relief for Ball in Water Hazard



My ball landed on the putting green side of a pond in front of the green, but rolled back into the pond. Where do I drop a ball to play my next stroke?


The answer depends on the type of hazard the ball rolled into. Under penalty of one stroke, if the ball entered a water hazard, (yellow stakes and/or lines) or a lateral water hazard (red stakes and/or lines), the player may play a ball from as near as possible to where the previous stroke was last played (Rule 26-1a), or drop a ball behind the hazard keeping the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard between himself and the hole (Rule 26-1b). Under this latter option, the player must drop the ball behind the water hazard (see Decision 26-1/1.5).

Additional options, available only for a ball that crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard, are to drop a ball within two club-lengths of (i) the point where the ball last crossed the margin or (ii) the point equidistant from the hole on the opposite margin of the hazard. It may not be dropped nearer the hole. Note that in proceeding under this option, the player may drop the ball on the putting green side of the water hazard. Decision 26-1/15 illustrates the options under this Rule.

Newsletter – issue spring 2017 – ISSUE


Chris Beech & Sue Farrant win the Robert E Cupp   with 40pts & 39ts respectively, full results on member’s login page.

 Breakfast League  – Triumph for the Ashes

Colin & Debbie Ash chaulked up their 5th win in the Breakfast League although defending Champions John & Liz Ditchburn produced a stunning last round of 43pts to come up 1 point short.

Colin & Debbie were understandably nervous as John & Liz went out in 23pts looking like they may threaten their total,  but dropped shots on the 16th & 17th ruined the Ditchburn’s chances and meant that they required 4pts on the last hole, Liz could only managed a par for a nett birdie and 3pts.  2016-breakfast-league-final-leaderboard


Debbie & Colin receive their trophy.

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Gent’s Winter Foursomes KO Draw – kodraw-winter-foursomes-2016-17
Ladies Winter Foursomes KO Draw  – ladies-winter-kodraw-2016-17
Championship Presentation Evening in Pictures click to view


Congratulations to all the finalist & winners in this year’s competitions and to everyone who attended the evenings celebrations. Please click below to see the results and finalists.


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Congratulations to Nigel Wilson (pictured right, representing ESN) and Sam Hanbury (Haywards Heath) just won the Leatherhead Pairs Open 2016, beating a tough field with 43 points!

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Andy Larkin & Craig McCollum win the prestigious Copthorne Scratch Pairs

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East Sussex National successfully defended the Littlehampton Scratch Trophy, the winning Team of Dean Plant, Rob Hampson, Craig McCollum & Mark Hilton pictured below with the Trophy.

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Important Notice to changes to course markings on the East Course. 

  1. Holes 4/5/14 will now be ‘Out of Bounds’ beyond the white posts/lines and no longer lateral water hazards. This was changed to remove any ambiguity on a ball hit into this area.
  2. Hole 16 will now be a lateral water hazard (red posts) and relief is taken in accordance with rule 26. A ball entering the hazard may be dropped at the point it crosses the hazard, this can be adjacment to the the green if the ball has bounced back into the hazard, but not nearer the hole. Relief as per diagram.

Please ask in golf shop if you require further assistance, please remember that if you have any doubt as to how to proceed, play 2-balls and seek a ruling in the shop.

Curtis Griffiths wins Europro Event at East Sussex National click for full report and scores
Curtis Griffiths won the Matchroom Sport Championship after a sudden-death play-off with Ashley Chesters at East Sussex National having both tied at -11.
The was some fantastic golf played with Matt Cort shooting 65 -7 on the last day with Jack Colegate shooting 64 -8 in round 2.
Thank you to all the volunteers and members who helped and supported the event.
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The Pro-am event was won by our very own East Sussex Team of Andrew Portwin, James Gietzen & Rob Hampson with Justin Scales, Karl Nilchbar & Malcolm Chalmers coming 2nd. Karl Nilchbar holed-in-one on the 13th hole!  The prizes were presented by promoter, Barry Hearn.
Both teams qualified from the Fourball Championships and enjoyed a fantastic day.

 Anniversary Jug – Sue Farrant wins in style with 41pts.

Sue, winner in 2013 reclaimed the trophy with a superb 41pts, to finish 1 point ahead of 2014 Champion, Nigel Phillips.  anniversary jug 2016 results
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Sue Farrant receives Trophy from last year’s winner, Sue Hollands

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 Members academy Clinic Programme – click for details 
Ladies Invitation Day – Results & Prize Winners – click for results
Bunker Lining Trial a success –

We have successfully installed a new bunker lining product, Capillary Concrete on the 13th hole East Course. We are now looking to implement same product on the bunker on 7th East and some of the more problematical bunkers around the course, this will obviously take some time to implement.

Please Click for more product information.   Video of new bunker performing in the wet conditions  click to view video

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Congratulations to Jelina Fernando on qualifying for the Ladies County Championship Match-Play stages with rounds of 77-75 at West Sussex GC. Unfortunately, Jelina lost her quarter-final match on the  1st extra hole to Lizzie Price.

Scratch team disapointly lose in 3rd round match – East Sussex National 5 Mannings Heath 7  – Match result & report

Pitcher Team start defense of title with solid home win against Littlehampton 3 1/2 – 1 1/2.


Last year’s wining team

 Great win for ESN Scratch Team away to a very good Ham Manor side 8-4. The team is rewarded with  yet another away draw against Mannings Heath on Saturday 28 May. The morning foursomes finished 2-2 with wins for Dean Plant & Rob Hampson and our young pairing Ben Jones & Prateek Rayasam. Tom Forman & Andy Larkin produced a great comeback from 3 down with 5 to play, to go up the 18th all square, only to lose to a great birdie 4 from their opponents.

Mark Hilton, former England International showed his class by dispatching County Player Josh Glossop 6 & 4, his win was closely followed by Rob Hampson defeating England youth international on the 18th. Defeats by Prateek Rayasam & Matt Hart put the game in the balance, but comfortable wins by Dean Plant, Tom Foreman & Andy Larkin allowed the impressive Ben Jones a comfortable walk down the 18th to bag  his second win of the day to mark an impressive debut.   Scratch_Trophy_Result_Sheet – HAM MANOR

Team Selected for match away to Mannings Heath GC 

Craig McCollum & Matt Hart, Tom Foreman & Andy Larkin, Dean Plant & Rob Hampson, Ben Jones & Prateek Rayasam, reserve Mark Budd.

  • Congratulations to the ESN Birchwood Trophy Team for beating East Brighton GC  3 1/2 –  1 1/2.  They are now playing at Home to Slinfold GC.
  • ESN Ladies, winners in 2014,   have drawn Ham Manor in the next round of the Morrice Foursomes at home on Thursday 2nd June. Well done to the following players Sue Davis and Corrina Smith, Clare Kunz and Debbie Ash, Judith Dingle and Carol Baker
  • Congratualations to Homi Falak & Andy Mitchell for winning the WINTER FOURSOMES against Greg Ford & Stuart Poulter.
  • Cyril Blake Team win away to Seddlescombe GC 1-3 and now face another away match against Bognor Regis GC in June. 
  • Extra Hole thriller sees East Sussex National home in the Cyril Blake.

The players put aside recent narrow defeats in the competition and squeezed through on the 1st play-off hole. Olly O’Hara & John Dichburn held their nerves as they made a par on the first hole at Ifield GC. ESN now play Sedlescombe or Chartham Park in round 2. Results_Sheet_Ifield_v_East_Sussex_National

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    Jane Murray-Brown presents the Bluebell Trophy to Judith Dingle

    ESN Scratch Team suffered a heavy Friendly match defeat away to West Hove GC. Early spring greens, a stiff breeze and a young competitive team proved too much on the day. The emphatic 11-4 win by the home side highlighted some early season frailties around the greens. The Club were without the services of 3 scratch/plus handicap players, so there is little to read into the result and everyone remains very positive about our chances in this year’s competition. West Hove drafted in Professional, Jonny Ingram who was beaten by Craig McCollum and there were wins for Ben Jones & Mark Budd, there were also good performances on the day by Prateek Rayasam, Jordie Southgate and James Gietzen. It was clear however that West Hove’s young team will be a challenge for most clubs this season and they have greatly improved since their defeat at East Sussex in last year’s 3rd round.    Result sheet  v West Hove Golf Club

  • East Sussex National Ladies team moved smoothly into round 4 of the Mail on Sunday Team Classic with a 3 1/2 – 1 1/2 win today 06.4.16 over Cooden Beach. Well done ladies!
  • Congratulations to Clare Kunz & Judith Dingle and Sue Hollands & Carol Baker on qualifying to represent ESN in the finals of the Kathleen Ryder Foursomes at Bognor Regis GC in June.
  • East Sussex National Scratch Team defeated the Sussex County Team 10-5, an excellent overall team performance which included a 4 1/2 to 1/2 win in the afternoon foursomes.  Match Sheet
 Play-off defeat for Men’s Daily Mail Team

against Royal Eastbourne in the 2nd round. The home draw looked favorable, but a close match resulted in a disappointing early exit for the 2nd year running.  Wins by Mark Earley and Bob Patteson put ESN in front. With Jordie Soutgate & James Geitzen losing the stage was set for Staurt Silverlock to bring in the winning point. Unfortunately, Stuart missed his putt to take East Sussex through and so the match was halved 2 1/2 points each.

James Geitzen,  Team Captain, went into a play-off. His drive on the 1st finished behind a tree, resulting in a bogey 5 against a Par 4 for the Eastbourne player and subsequent defeat.

Alicia Phillips and Judith Dingle moved comfortably into round 2 of the Daily Mail foursomes with a win against Ashdown Forest.



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