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Birling Manor Golf Club, Birling Gap, Eastbourne.

The club was founded in 1894.

In the early years the course was open seven days a week, which bought much displeasure to the local clergy of Eastbourne.


Birling Manor Golf Club, Eastbourne. The Birling Gap Hotel and Golf Links.

Above is a pre-WW1 postcard showing the Birling Gap Hotel and Golf Links.


In 1914 the secretary was F E Cracknell, Birling Gap Hotel. The professional was Arthur Billett. A 9 hole course. There was no entry fee, subs were 10/6. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day. Sunday play was allowed. The station at Eastbourne was 4 ½ miles away.

In 1922 the secretary was Miss Binney, The Bungalow, Birling Gap, Eastbourne.

From 1940 to the clubs closure in the early 1950s the secretary was R G Hall, Manor Office, Eastbourne, telephone 180 and the greenkeeper W Chatfield. There was a membership of 75. A private course visitors’ fees from April to September were 2/- a day, October to March 1/6 a day. The station at Eastbourne was 5 miles away. Local  hotels were the Imperial, Queen’s, Grand, Cavendish and the Sussex.


Location of the Birling Manor Golf Club course at Birling Gap.

Although the club was recorded in the early 1950s it’s probable that it closed prior to this. The land once occupied by the course reverted to farmland.

Grid reference TV55615,96335, co-ordinates 555615,096335.