IT WAS the dawn of a new era for Seaford Head Golf Course as the South Downs National Park Authority gave permission to build a modern clubhouse.
Applicant Seaford Town Council said an improved facility would mean it could increase revenue at the club and plough profits back into the town.
The golf club, which is open to all, already offers spectacular scenery and now it will have the clubhouse to go with it.
Town council leader Ian White said: “We are absolutely delighted. The planning committee’s decision was unanimous.
“A new clubhouse has been long overdue. The state of the old one was such that we had to do something.”
Cllr White said the new clubhouse would also mean they could attract corporate business and societies.
He stressed: “None of the cost of the new clubhouse will fall on the tax payer. It will be self funding.”
A new function room at the club will mean a wider choice of venues in Seaford too.
Cllr White said he was hoping building could start on October 1 when the current clubhouse will be demolished and replaced with the new design.
Temporary accommodation will be used and it should take about nine months to finish the work.
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.
Club president Don Mabey said: “I’m absolutely delighted about it. It’s something that has been needed for a long, long time as the old clubhouse is falling apart.”
The park’s planning committee agreed the scheme at a meeting in Midhurst, West Sussex, on Thursday June 14.
The planning authority said the new design was smaller, blended in with the surroundings better and that the terraces faced away from residents.
The car park will be properly marked out to make room for more cars and the access road will be widened.
The previous planning application sparked dozens of objections, but this one attracted just six letters of objection, with 58 people writing in favour of it.