Situated on the western outskirts of Eastbourne, around half a mile from the town centre off of the main road A2270. It is nearest to the Ratton residential area, with the street known as the Linkway referencing its close proximity to the green. Links are the oldest style of the golf course, generally built on sandy coastland and offer a firmer playing surface than either parkland or heathland courses.
The well-maintained, firmly established golf course is conveniently situated near the popular seaside resort of Eastbourne, making it popular with visitors looking to improve their game during the summer holidays. There is a beautiful clubhouse, run by friendly staff and offering a wide variety of hot meals. There is a well-stocked professional shop for players missing some of the basics like balls or tees.
Measuring over 6,000 yards from the competition tees, golfers of all abilities face a fair challenge at Willingdon with some variations to keep even the best players on their toes. The 18-hole downland course is open throughout the year, and everyone playing will find a flawlessly trimmed course with slick greens that prove to be the envy of many other clubs.
The unique layout of Willingdon means that a round can be started from either the 1st, 9th or 15th holes which are all located conveniently close to the clubhouse.
Facilities include a Clubhouse Bar offering a Lunch Menu, Bar Snacks, Tea & Coffee and a selection of hot meals. There are also Changing Rooms, Pro Shop, Equipment Hire, Buggy Hire and Trolly Hire, so whatever level of golf you’re looking to play in Eastbourne, Willingdon Golf Club can help – even if you forget your own kit!
There is an onsite function room that can be hired out for private functions such as family occasions. The large windows in the function room overlook the course, meaning that even if you have no desire to actually play the game, you can still enjoy seeing it in action from the comfort of the air-conditioned building.
For special events, such as Mother’s Day, Willingdon hosts lunches and afternoon teas that can be enjoyed by all, as they are run for people across the area, and not just for club members. These special events are well rated on Tripadvisor, showing how well the staff at Willingdon Golf Club understand the need for the facility to be aimed at more than just golfers to succeed in this modern-day.
Because of its location on top of the chalk downs, the course has excellent drainage, which means that it does not get as waterlogged as some town-based golf clubs. The protective ring offered by the South Downs also offers a degree of sheltering from stronger winds that can afflict other traditional seaside courses, making Willingdon playable in more weather conditions than others.