Littlehampton Golf Club Official Brochure 2014 - 2015

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An introduction to the golf club, the course and facilities, and local businesses that support the publication.

Text of Littlehampton Golf Club Official Brochure 2014 - 2015

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    Littlehampton Golf ClubOfficial Corporate Brochure 2014 - 2015

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    WelcomeHistoryThe CourseTour the CourseBecoming a MemberMembershipPractice FacilitiesVisitors and Societies

    Our Professional and the Pro ShopTuitionClubhouse and RestaurantSocialPrivate FunctionsMeetingsHow to Find UsContact Us

    Littlehampton Golf Club & Ludis Sports Publications wish to thank the advertisers who appear in this publication for their support and wish them every business success. The contents of this brochure are believed to be correct at the time of printing, nevertheless, we cannot endorse and readers should not rely solely upon the accuracy of any statements or claims contained herein without prior consultation with the service provider.

    Designed and Printed by Maverick Design and Communication on behalf of Ludis Sports Publications 2014.

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    Spectacularly set on the South Coast of West Sussex, with views of the River Arun estuary, English Channel and South Downs, Littlehampton Golf Links offers a unique golfing experience.

    Being the oldest golf course in West Sussex, founded in 1889, the Littlehampton Links is a 6,226-yard par-70 course that runs along the sand dunes of the beautiful English Nature preserved West Beach. It is a true test of golfing ability without being too severe on the average golfer.

    With excellent drainage and the superb efforts of our hardworking green-keeping staff, it remains playable and in excellent condition all year round.

    The modern Clubhouse provides for our Clubs welcoming hospitality and with the restaurants wide range of menus and relaxing bars and lounges catering for the needs of members and visitors alike.

    Ladies and Gentlemens, Full, Country or Off Peak Membership packages are available. Membership affords not only the opportunity to play competitively or for relaxation on an outstanding course, but opens up a rich and varied social calendar that the Club is able to provide.

    Green fee, day ticket and society packages are available offering excellent value for money, while our superb facilities can be hired for private parties and functions. Whichever way you choose to discover Littlehampton Golf Club, a warm welcome is assured.


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    Littlehampton Golf Club was formed on February 16, 1889, when around 25 members enrolled after a meeting held at Littlehamptons Terminus Hotel.

    Getting to the Club was somewhat more difficult than it is today. The only direct route from Littlehampton town to the Clubroom and first tee was by ferry across the river Arun. This remained the sole access route until Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk, opened the swing bridge in August 1908.

    Two enterprising local boatmen - Jimmy and Peachey - had their very own rowing boat ferry that operated from Pier Road to the Golf Club, charging one old penny single and tuppence (two pennies) return - somewhat cheaper than the toll over the swing bridge.

    The original course consisted of nine holes, with the Clubroom being a large hut positioned near the north-eastern part of the fort, next to the tee of todays second hole. The rifle butt, which was on the seaside of the original 2nd hole, now has to be encountered when driving off at our present 9th hole.

    During 1893 it was decided to extend the nine-hole course to 18 holes. The inward half was then considerably improved by takingon fresh ground and the existing holes were lengthened and the bunkering tightened up by Messrs Frederick Hawtree and JH Taylor.It was from the top of the steps to the previous Clubhouse that an entrancing panorama of shingle, sand and sea could be viewed. Nowadays, the old Clubhouse is no more, but the delightful views seen from many of the tees along the holes that border the sand dunes still remain.


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    With the outbreak of the Second World War, we became very much an invasion coast and, along with many other courses, Littlehamptonbore the scars of war. To get the links back into playing order, more than 400 concrete blocks had to be removed, tank and lorry rutsfilled and made smooth, greens re-laid and a military road running through the fairway removed.

    It was a costly and time-consuming task, but a worthy one. In his book, Play the best great courses in the British Isles, publishedin 1973, Sir Peter Allen described our links as reminiscent of Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake, a regular venue for The Open Championship.

    The par remains at 70, but if anyone thinks that this course will give you a flattering score, he should consult the honours boards in theClubhouse.

    Tragically, so much archive material was lost when the Clubhouse was destroyed by fire on the fateful day of 18th June 1985.

    Undaunted, Littlehampton Golf Club arose like a phoenix from the ashes, proudly retaking its position as a source of comfort and a place of enjoyment to its local golfing community, as it will doubtless continue to do for generations to come.

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    Littlehampton Golf Club offers the rare opportunity to experience the thrill of playing Open-style links golf in the more forgiving climate of the south coast.

    The 18-hole West Beach Links with a par of 70 extends to 6,226 yards off the white tees and offers a fair but testing examination of golfers of all abilities.

    Well-bunkered and a challenge in its own right, it is an altogether more difficult proposition when the wind blows strongly (a wind being a regular feature of the course) and presents those with a

    talent for shaping their shots or with flair and imagination the chance to prosper.

    With excellent drainage and the tireless efforts of our greenkeeping staff, it remains playable and in excellent condition all year round. The greens run true but are full of subtle borrows that are not easy for the uninitiated to discern.

    There are five par 3s on the course, but dont drop your guard for a moment because the greens are narrow, well-guarded by bunkersand not easy to hit, particularly when the wind is blowing.

    The Course

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    The front nine features three par 3s and two par 5s, including the 552-yard 4th, the longest hole on the course.

    Holing out on the 11th and having reached the westernmost part of the course brings the turn for the long march home and be on your mettle because you are about to be severely tested. Holes 12 to 14 are a particular daunting stretch, a trio of par 4s which require well-considered approach shots to help you score.

    With it being a links course, you would expect the bunkers to offer a true test, so heed some well-meaning advice stay out of the sand or make sure your sand wedge has plenty of loft to negotiate the high lips on some of the greenside bunkers.

    If you are unfamiliar with our county, we hope that the only mention of the word rife made during the day relates to the abundant number of birdies achieved by your playing group.

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    Rife, you see, is also a Sussex name for a drainage ditch serving the arable land on the coastal plain between the rivers Arun and Lavant and one such water feature you would be well advised to avoid meanders its way through our course. The rife affects no lessthan six holes.

    If the clubs are not quite behaving in the manner you had hoped, the spectacular unspoilt scenery in this part of the world can certainly soothe the soul and offers more than adequate compensation.

    Take a brief moment to enjoy views across the river Arun, Clymping beach, Littlehampton harbour skyline and the famous South Downs away in the distance. On a clear day the Isle of Wight Can be alsoseen.

    After you have completed your round you may wish to consider how well our Wayne Hawes (amateur) or Jamie Harris (professional) must have played to set the respective course records, both of which are 61.

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    If you have never played Littlehampton before you are in for a treat. Make the most of your trip by learning about some of the pitfalls that lie in wait and how to avoid them as you follow our course tour courtesy of Stuart Fallow, our PGA professional.

    Hole 1, 420 yards, par 4A formidable opening hole which can play deceptively long when played into the wind. Two deep bunkers short of the putting surface demand an accurate approach to a long green, which can prove harder to hit due to the sloping surrounds.

    Hole 2, 366 yards, par 4Hold the fairway and you are left with a direct route to the green. Judging the approach will require good distance control particularly in a crosswind as the hole runs parallel to the shoreline.

    Hole 3, 177 yards, par 3An extremely challenging short hole for all standards of play. Greenside bunkers left and right swallow even the slightest mis-hit and a par here is highly regarded.

    Hole 4, 522 yards, par 5The longest hole on the course, the 4th is marshalled by a series of bunkers along the right-hand side. A solid par fiv