The Course

Waterhall Golf Course is a downland gem situated in the South Downs National Park. Founded in 1923 this fabulous 18-hole course winds its way through the Waterhall valley, with the famous Patcham Windmill overlooking several holes and Clubhouse and the Devil’s Dyke just over the hillside.

Measuring 5718 yards from the white tees, the small greens and tight fairways make it a true test for all levels of golfer.

We hope all our visitors enjoy the course, its wonderful views and get the same pleasure its members do every time they play.

Waterhall golf course – hole by hole guide

1st

294yds
(Par 4 – SI 17)
277yds
(Par 4 – SI 17)
240yds
(Par 4 – SI 14)
Hole 1
The green is easily reachable from the front yellow tees but there are bunkers either side of the green to catch any drive that isn’t dead straight.
A conservative tee shot down the middle of the fairway should allow you to make a safe par, so do you go for the birdie or play safe?

1st

433yds
(Par 4 – SI 4)
422yds
(Par 4 – SI 4)
409yds
(Par 5 – SI 11)
Hole 2
An aggressive line straight over the corner on this right to left dog leg hole will leave you a short iron away.
However, if you’re too short with your drive or play it with too much draw you’ll be in the woods. Staying right will leave you about 180 yards out, but be careful as too far right can mean you’re in very heavy rough so making just 18 yards will be hard work!

1st

491yds
(Par 5 – SI 10)
482yds
(Par 5 – SI 10)
443yds
(Par 5 – SI 9)
Hole 3
Three straight shots and you’re on the green in regulation.
The green is protected by bunkers left and right along with a well-placed tree, if you’re a big hitter they come in to play on your second shot otherwise as long as you’re not short with your approach you should be trouble free

1st

479yds
(Par 5 – SI 18)
470yds
(Par 5 – SI 8)
428yds
(Par 5 – SI 2)
Hole 4
A much tighter fairway on this back-to-back par 5 with ‘OOB’ on the left and woods on the right.
With the elevated green you ideally need to be within 150 yards when playing your approach to give you enough height on your shot to hit and hold the green.

1st

163yds
(Par 3 – SI 11)
152yds
(Par 3 – SI 11)
143yds
(Par 3 – SI 15)
Hole 5
The first of the par 3s, but you’ll be happy walking off with a 4!
The green is small, slopes back to front and has steep banking which is eager to leave any slightly heavy putt with a tricky shot back on to the green where you still have to putt out!

1st

315yds
(Par 4 – SI 15)
303yds
(Par 4 – SI 15)
270yds
(Par 4 – SI 13)
Hole 6
When you’re on this elevated tee and can feel the wind behind you then you’ll probably be tempted to give your tee shot a “Boom”, and you could be well rewarded being only a chip away if not on.
However, when you’re chasing reward there is always risk. The bunker on the right is perfectly placed, there’s OOB down the left and in the summer if you land in the rough you should definitely play a provisional.

1st

156yds
(Par 3 – SI 13)
152yds
(Par 3 – SI 13)
148yds
(Par 3 – SI 18)
Hole 7
You really need to take good account for any wind with this par 3 tee shot.
Slightly short and slightly left is the usual desired shot allowing the ball to take a bounce and roll on to the green. There’s a lot of borrow on this green so check your line carefully when putting.

1st

341yds
(Par 3 – SI 12)
336yds
(Par 3 – SI 12)
274yds
(Par 3 – SI 12)
Hole 8
As long as you don’t find the rough on the right you’ll be fine.
However, as that is what almost everyone says to themselves standing over the ball on the tee it’s no surprise where a lot of people play their second shots from, that is if you can find your ball.
The green gathers nicely from the front so you have the option of running it in or flying it to the pin. There are bunkers either side so you will need to be accurate.

1st

240yds
(Par 3 – SI 2)
233yds
(Par 3 – SI 2)
229yds
(Par 4 – SI 7)
Hole 9
Yes it is a par 3!
This is probably one of the most challenging par 3s you’ll play as to hit the green you need to carry the ball 235 yards hitting the slight slope before the green to take the pace off it allowing the ball to gently roll out.
If it’s match play and you have a shot on your opponent then it’s a great opportunity otherwise you should be looking to make a net par.

1st

312yds
(Par 4 – SI 14)
285yds
(Par 4 – SI 14)
273yds
(Par 4 – SI 6)
Hole 10
You’ll be playing your approach from an uphill lie in to a green still high above you with steep banking at the front.
You will need more club!

1st

122yds
(Par 3 – SI 16)
117yds
(Par 3 – SI 16)
112yds
(Par 3 – SI 17)
Hole 11
The green is long and narrow so a good margin of error in length of shot but with rough to one side and a steep bank to the other that’s not the case with direction.

1st

423yds
(Par 4 – SI 1)
401yds
(Par 4 – SI 1)
386yds
(Par 5 – SI 1)
Hole 12
This long par 4 rightly has a stroke index of 1.
The fairway slopes left to right so a drive with some draw on it is ideal, whatever you hit though you’ll have a long approach in

1st

422yds
(Par 4 – SI 6)
414yds
(Par 4 – SI 6)
384yds
(Par 4 – SI 3)
Hole 13
Another long par 4 but a wider fair way helps off the tee box as does the left to right gathering approach to the green on your second.
If you misjudge the line in though that left to right run can easily take your ball away and down to a lower level leaving you an awkward lob shot on to the green.

1st

348yds
(Par 4 – SI 3)
337yds
(Par 4 – SI 3)
247yds
(Par 4 – SI 10)
Hole 14
Although a long drive can get you over the ridge and much closer to the hole the lie is often tricky and so a safer approach shot can be found from the fairway adjacent to or pass the bunker on the left.
The wind usually blows left to right but with the protected tee box you may not feel it but you’ll soon see the effect on any sliced drive!

1st

120yds
(Par 3 – SI 18)
110yds
(Par 3 – SI 18)
105yds
(Par 3 – SI 16)
Hole 15
Stroke index 18 so it really should be an easy hole, all you need to do is hit the green with a short iron.
Too short and there are bunkers, too long and you will find heavy rough and either side requires a chip over a small embankment protecting the green.

1st

399yds
(Par 4 – SI 7)
393yds
(Par 4 – SI 7)
326yds
(Par 4 – SI 5)
Hole 16
A long straight drive will put you on the flat landing area at the bottom of this descending fairway, but with OOB hugging the left it’s all too easy to be over cautious and go too far right leaving a very tricky second shot in.
Wherever you are playing your second from it will be a blind shot over the hill.

1st

302yds
(Par 4 – SI 9)
292yds
(Par 4 – SI 9)
271yds
(Par 4 – SI 8)
Hole 17
Slightly left of the marker post is the ideal line and a good drive will leave you a short iron shot in to a long narrow green.
The main hazards are OOB left and thick rough right for any really wayward tee shot.
If it’s a windy day you can very easily underestimate the second shot to the green.

1st

358yds
(Par 4 – SI 5)
328yds
(Par 4 – SI 5)
305yds
(Par 4 – SI 4)
Hole 18
This screams “Draw” when you’re standing on the tee box, and if you get it right and with favourable wind you can get up to the second bunker on the left.
Too much draw and OOB comes in to play again. Going left is safe, you’ll just have a long second shot in.
Aim high right of the green and let the ball run down the slope and on

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