Demolition starts at Seaford Golf Course clubhouse

Seaford Clubhouse
Seaford Clubhouse

Demolition is now underway on the clubhouse at Seaford Head Golf Club in Southdown Road.

The state of the art building should be finished in 44 weeks, according to golf club owner Seaford Town Council.

Once complete, it will offer the town a much needed larger venue and updated facilities for golfers, both from Seaford and other parts of the country.

Town clerk Sam Shippen said: “The new facility will be a two storey clubhouse built upon the footprint of the original facility.

“Seaford Town Council is pleased to get this new building started and look forward to its completion in 44 weeks time.

“Open to the public, this new clubhouse will offer function facilities for all occasions alongside improved golfing facilities.”

A temporary clubhouse has been set up while the new facility is constructed.

The golf course will be open throughout the build, although play will begin on the fifth hole which is accessed through the top car park.

Hopes are high the new clubhouse will attract more golfers and corporate events. It should also prove popular with walkers.

The contractors building the clubhouse, Cheesmur Building Contractors Ltd, have been on site making connections for the temporary accommodation.

The town council said the building would cost £1,717,438, which would be funded by a 25 year loan of £1,717,000 .

The clubhouse will have a flexible space which can be used by the public and local organisations to hold a variety of events.

It will have a full catering kitchen and bar with an outside balcony, offering visitors panoramic views of Seaford Bay.

The old clubhouse, which was falling apart according to club president Don Mabey, will be demolished.

The new facility could mean increased revenue and the profits would be ploughed back into the town.

The new building will have a green roof to blend in with the downland.

The upper floor will be untreated horizontal timber boarding and a cladding of limestone in gabion cages on the lower ground floor.

The car park will be properly marked out to make room for more cars and the access road will be widened.

Planning permission was approved, subject to conditions, on June 14, 2012.

The golf course boasts views across the Seven Sisters and from the 18th hole you can see across Seaford Bay all the way to Brighton.