Photo by Emma Louise Bloomfield


Photo by Emma Louise Bloomfield



Photo by Emma Louise Bloomfield


Photo by Emma Louise Bloomfield


Photo by Emma Louise Bloomfield
Course Status

Ifield Golf Club: Tuesday 11th, course closed. Trolley status 4 Members please see Information list for trolley Policy – Status Explanation” – Visitors please ring pro shop

​A mature parkland golf course founded in 1927, Ifield lies on the west side of Crawley, and has remained largely unaltered over the years. Designed by the same golf architects entrusted with the redesign of Royal Birkdale the same year, the 6319 yards par 70 layout offers almost the same test as it did 80 years ago.

Described then “as close to the ideal of inland golf as a parkland course could possibly be… the course is laid out in two loops of 9 holes, “… as complete a test of play as modern architecture could make it.”

If you have played Ifield before, it will be much as you remember it and you will be welcome to return. If playing for the first time, you can look forward to playing one of the most established Parkland golf courses in the County.



Dear Member,

Please read this link* to the letter from the Chairman and Trustees.

The letter from the Chairman and Trustees is extremely important and needs your urgent attention. We need  your support now to help us, together with Parker Dann our Chartered Surveyors and our legal representatives to fight the HDC plans for the development of Ifield West.

So that we can build up a record of our objections could you please send a copy of your correspondence to Sam either by email to:  sam@ifieldgolf.com or drop a hard copy into the office.

Many Thanks & Kind Regards,

Richard Cowlard – Chairman



Dear Member

Further to my email and notice on Intelligent Golf dated 27th January 2020, the Trustees and
your Management Committee believe the time has come when we need your individual
support to assist the club’s campaign to keep golf at Ifield beyond the current end of our
Lease in 2022. The club, on your behalf, will continue to follow the required formal
approach to oppose planning for the Homes England housing development. However, it is
vital that members make their own views known to the authorities. The depth of local
opposition, alongside highlighting the impact on local communities, will carry weight in
Horsham District Council’s assessment of the suitability of our land for inclusion in their
long-term plans for housing.

Lack of objections to plans will be read as support by the authorities. We have in excess of
500 members and can be a significant voice if we pull together.
We request that you write to both of the following: –
Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RL. Reference:
Horsham District Council Local Plan 2019 – 2036. SHELAA Reference SA101- Land West of
Homes England at FREEPOST RUBB-YAXK-BBYA. Reference: West of Ifield Development.

As a help in drafting your letter, the following are key points to be made but please feel free
to add or delete any points to reflect your own views: –
1. Loss of Ifield Golf course to the community of a valued amenity established in 1927
and being the only Golf course in the Borough of Rusper. Over 30,000 rounds of golf
are played annually. The Club has over 500 members and over 5,000 visitors per
2. Loss of surrounding countryside and public footpaths.
3. Loss of wildlife including deer, pheasants, Canada and Egyptian geese, buzzards,
many species of other birds and many species of fish in the various ponds.
4. Biodiversity net loss. Some 15 years ago the Forestry Commission planted 8,500
trees on Ifield Golf course, Boris Johnson wants to plant millions of trees to help
climate control. Homes England want to chop them down.
5. Loss of established oak trees on Ifield Golf course, many of which are over 100 years
6. Increased pressure on Crawley/Ifield roads.
7. Increased pressure on schools and G.P. surgeries.
8. NHS Hospitals locally are at breaking point, so any increase in population is
catastrophic and will bring even more misery to patients waiting treatment.
9. Increased pollution to any area that already has poor air quality.
10. Threat of increased flooding in the area which will be caused by concreting over
undeveloped land that acts as water soak.
11. The current water/sewerage processing plans in both Crawley and Horsham are
currently working at 115% capacity, how will they cope with further development.
12. The availability for golf in West Sussex has suffered with the closure of West
Chiltington and Burgess Hill golf clubs. A reduction in the number of holes available
to play at the following courses. Hassocks 9 holes, Mannings Heath 9 holes with a
plan to close a further 9 holes, Cottesmore 9 holes and Horsham Health and Fitness
plan to close 9 holes. There are plans to close Rookwood, Hollingbury and Waterhall
18 holes golf courses. That would mean West Sussex have lost or are about to lose
133 holes of golf.
13. The requirement to build a Western Relief Road is imperative to alleviate the current
traffic problems between Horsham, Crawley and Gatwick; let alone coping with
traffic created from another 10,000 homes. Before this proposed development is
even considered, this relief road must be built.
14. On Ifield Golf course the families of past members have placed 20 memorials for
their late relatives.

There are various documents on the Horsham District Council website www.horsham.gov.uk
which will be helpful to you and are as follows: –
a. Statement of community involvement September 2019
b. Corporate Plan 2019 – 2023
c. Horsham District Council local plan 2019 -2036 Regulation 18 Consultation
Document February 2020
d. Horsham District Council report to cabinet 30th January 2020

We urge you also to email your local M.P. For Horsham please contact Jeremy Quin at
Jeremy.quin.mp@parliament.uk For Crawley contact Henry Smith
henry.smith.mp@parliament.uk Please also email/write to the West Sussex County Times
ct.letters@jpimedia.co.uk which can also be useful for the many articles that will be
written in the future.

Kind regards

Richard Cowlard Club Chairman
Andy MacGadie, Paul Leppard – Trustees