Rye Golf Club


The following guidance is provided to assist Members’ guests and members of visiting teams or societies who may be making their first visit to Rye Golf Club.

Rye prides itself on its unique culture and the traditional links courses it provides its golfers all year round. The Club and its staff extend a warm welcome to all guests and wish them an enjoyable visit.


When meeting before play, golfing attire may be worn in either bar. For gentlemen, a jacket and tie is mandatory after 11.00 a.m. in either bar. In the dining room, gentlemen must wear jacket and tie.

Ladies may wear golfing attire when meeting before play in either bar. After 11.00 a.m. ladies are expected to dress appropriately when using the bars or dining room so as to complement the dress code applying to gentlemen in these areas.

Ladies and gentlemen may wear golfing attire in the Darwin Bar after 4.00 p.m. daily.

A high standard of dress is expected on the courses and may include the wearing of tailored golf shorts but, for men, only with long socks with a turnover top.

On Arrival at Rye

The clubhouse opens at 8.00 a.m.

If you have previously been advised of the entry code, please gain access to the Club via the ladies' and gentlemen’s changing facilities, which are located towards the left of the clubhouse, adjacent to the first tee and putting area. If you are not playing, please enter by the main front door adjacent to the Secretary’s office.

You will be welcome to help yourself to coffee in the hall, read the morning’s papers and meet your host and/or playing partners in either bar areas.

If you have not been advised of the entry code prior to your arrival, please visit the Professional’s shop, located on the opposite side of the road to the clubhouse, where the Club Professional and his team will be happy to help.

Changing Rooms

Please feel welcome to make use of the changing facilities. Clothes and shoes must not be changed in the car park. Clubs may be placed in the foyer in both changing rooms but trolleys should not be brought inside.


All play is in two ball format with foursomes preferred, especially in the morning. No three or fourball golf is played.

Pace of Play

Speed of play is a very important aspect of golf at Rye, largely because a foursome, to be enjoyable, needs to play 18 holes at a very good pace, and therefore all players, regardless of format, are expected to play their part in ensuring there is adequate time for those lunching and playing again in the afternoon.

Calling other, faster groups through is encouraged at Rye, and there should be no reluctance to do so to ensure that everyone travels at the speed they wish without inconveniencing anyone on the links.

The use of measuring devices is permitted.


At the heart of the Club, Rye is proud of its dining room and traditional lunch served from noon until two o’clock, 363 days a year.

Tea and cake only is available after golf.

The clubhouse closes promptly at 7.00 p.m.

Mobile Phones

Except in emergencies, the only place to use a mobile device for making calls, emailing or texts is in the Board Room adjacent to the Secretary’s office, or, in your vehicle. Devices may be used elsewhere for diary purposes but discretion is requested.


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"Surely there can nowhere be anything appreciably better then the golf to be had at this truly diving spot."

- Bernard Darwin

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