Rye Golf Club in Rye England, on the East Sussex coast just les about an hour south of Dover, is to England what Prestwick is to Scotland and Lahinch is to Ireland. Harry Colt’s first design in 1894, later modified by Tom Simpson and Sir Guy Campbell, Rye is a fiendishly difficult course. The unpredictable and fierce winds and a fascinating variety of stances necessary for shot-making create difficulty, despite a par of 68 over 6,300 yards. Rye has the feel of a walk back in time, an old fashioned, traditional links. Five excellent short holes face elevated greens. Nine par fours exceed 400 yards, but the driver often stays in the bag to ensure position on the undulating hard fairways bordered by wispy rough. The landing areas are sometimes narrow but there are several excellent holes, the third, fourth and 13th stand out. The setting at Rye Golf Club is glorious, you can see both the sea and the medieval town of Rye itself. As a private club, Rye Golf Club hosts by special invitation visitors and is also one of the most friendly and enjoyable anywhere. The unpretentious clubhouse is a real treat after a round. Rye Golf Club is simply a real golf jewel.