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The Renaissance Club

Rye Golf Club: Old

Rye, East Sussex, England Private


A great myth is that Rye hasn't changed in a century. In truth, during World War II the Royal Army built pillboxes and buried fuel storage tanks on the existing course. Architect Guy Campbell reclaimed the course in 1946, using a bulldozer to create new holes. To play such seemingly natural holes as the par-3 seventh on Rye's rolling links today, you'd never suspect it. Rye has long been considered the toughest par 68 on earth. This ranking confirms that, though it’s a mystery why its placement plummeted when nearly every other links jumped forward.


Holes 18
Length 6308
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1894
Designer Douglas Rolland, H.S. Colt (1894), Sir Guy Campbell (1959)


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