Great Golf Courses in Chichester and the South Downs Arundel

With some of the most striking scenery on offer in the country, it’s no surprise that Sussex, the South Downs and Chichester are home to an outstanding collection of golf courses.

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From golf courses at Goodwood and the Cowdray Estate, to courses close to Chichester City Centre and in the sprawling grounds of country hotels, here’s our pick of places to play a great round of golf.

Golf in the South Downs

The renowned Cowdray Estate in Midhurst, nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park, has been home to a glorious golf course for well over a century.

The course offers a true test of golf for all abilities, with 18 holes on a par 70 course measuring 6,331 yards. There’s also a putting and chipping green and a 5-hole par 3 practice course, in addition to the full-length golf range.

Coaching, private tuition and group lessons are on offer via the prestigious Cowdray Academy, as well as the chance to perfect your swing at Cowdray’s Golf Studio. What’s more, with an on-site golf shop, restaurant and some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, you may never want to leave.

Golf at Goodwood

The esteemed Goodwood Estate isn’t just famous for its world-class events and stately home, it’s also home to two Championship 18-hole golf courses.

Golf at Goodwood

The Goodwood Downs Course, which was named as one of the top 20 stay and play venues in Golf Monthly, is one of the oldest golf courses in Sussex. Designed in 1914 by legendary golf architect and five times winner of the Open Championship, James Braid, the downland course consists of fast-running fairways, undulating greens and varied elevations, which are both a treat and a challenge to experienced golfers.

For those looking for something a little less challenging but equally thrilling, Goodwood’s Park Course brings together tricky switchbacks and bunkers with ancient parkland, three hundred-year-old cedar trees and the flint walls of Goodwood House. Designed by the renowned golf architect and player, Donald Steel, the Park Course is perfect for golfers of all ages and abilities.

With a Golf Academy, short game and driving range facilities also available, as well as a spa, gym and restaurant at the award-winning Goodwood Hotel, there’s every reason to make a weekend of it.

Golf courses in Chichester

Just two miles south of the historic City of Chichester, is the esteemed Chichester Golf Club.

Players on a course at Chichester Golf Club

Chichester Golf Club

Proudly boasting the finest, friendliest, golf practice facility in the South of England, Chichester Golf Club offers something for all ages and abilities, including an 18-hole Jungle Paradise Adventure Golf course.

Its two 18-hole championship courses can challenge the most experienced of golfers. The Cathedral Course has one of the toughest front nines around, while the Par 71 Tower Course’s tricky MacKenzie greens add a challenging twist to its generous fairways.

For those looking for less of a challenge, the Par 3 course has nine holes ranging from 85 and 115 yards. With no dress code in place, this fun, relaxed, family-friendly course welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities looking to develop or hone their skills.

As if this isn’t enough, Chichester Golf Club is also home to a 16 bay driving range with Power Tee’s, as well as an aptly named FootGolf Course. Whether you want to stick to traditional golf or add a football into the mix, the choice is entirely yours.

Golf in Arundel

Set in 89 acres of gardens and parkland, Avisford Park – close to Arundel – is as majestic now as it was in days gone by.

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Avisford Park Avisford Park Golf Course by Simon Carey, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

The 18-hole, 5,800 yard course has been newly extended but still enjoys a beautiful country hotel complex setting. With water and tree hazards the whole length of the 414 yard first hole to negotiate, the course offers the ultimate challenge for even the most experienced of golfers. Further on, the striking views, well-groomed fairways and greens offer challenging yet enjoyable golf for all levels.

The course is split into two nines – the first is set in the grounds of the hotel while the second is just offsite.

With a clubhouse, bar and catering facilities, a golf shop and a terrace overlooking part of the course, you’ll feel right at home at Avisford Park Golf Course.

Courses in Selsey

For experienced golfers seeking a real challenge, look no further than Selsey Golf & Country Club, home to some of the most challenging Par 4s in Sussex.

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Selsey Golf Club

With striking views of the South Downs as a back drop, golfers can challenge themselves to a testing 9-hole links type course. Dual-Tee positions on every hole, outstanding greens, an incredible finishing Par 3 and a tough but fair Par of 68 over 18 holes, make Selsey Golf Club a must-visit club for those looking to improve their form.

With a clubhouse, bar and restaurant on site, you’ll have everything you need to keep you there all day. As if you needed an excuse…

Other golf courses near Chichester

A 25-minute drive east of Chichester will bring you to Littlehampton Golf Club, the only Links golf course in West Sussex. The club was recently described in Golf News as ‘Sussex’s Hidden Gem of a Links’ and in 2019 was voted as one of the best courses in Sussex.

This 18-hole par 70 course brings together great golf with striking views of the sea and South Downs.

Golf courses in Hampshire

A 25-minute drive from Chichester in the opposite direction, will bring you to Waterlooville Golf Club in Hampshire. Founded in 1907, this 18-hole course measuring 6,550 yards with five par fives, was designed by the late Sir Henry Cotton. With an on-site shop, bar, restaurant and reputation for a friendly atmosphere and welcome, Waterlooville Golf Club has it all.

Other great sports in Sussex, the South Downs and Chichester

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Chichester Watersports

To find out about the other great outdoor sports on offer in Sussex, the South Downs and Chichester, click here. With everything from walking, cycling and horse riding to surfing, kayaking and water-skilling, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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