The Dyke golf course was created in 1906 and is perched at 650 feet, high on the Sussex Downs, now part of the South Downs National Park. Overlooking Brighton, there are spectacular views out across the English Channel towards the Isle of Wight, with the rolling hills of the South Downs stretching for many miles.
Originally constructed by the club professional in consultation with the leading course designer of the time James Braid, the current layout was rebuilt after the war since the land was used as a wartime tank training ground. The ‘new’ course, designed by Fred Hawtree, is much longer than the pre-war version and is a first class test of golf, measuring 6,653 yards off the white tees and 5,521 yards off the red tees, par 72.
On a chalky sub-structure, the course drains very well and is normally playable with trolleys and buggies throughout year. As a downland course it has a ‘links feel’ to the way it plays, particularly in the summer months. The degree of difficulty varies with the strength and direction of the wind, and the strategically placed bunkers play their part. Each hole presents its own challenges, and everyone has their favourites, but two of the most memorable are the beautiful par 3 5th and 17th holes – it’s always a delight to play them well!