Work to start on new clubhouse at Seaford Head Golf Course

Seaford Head Golf Club.
Seaford Head Golf Club.

Work will start on a new clubhouse at Seaford Head Golf Course in early 2013, offering the town a new venue with sweeping views of the sea.

Seaford Town Council said the building would cost £1,717,438, which would be funded by a 25 year loan of £1,717,000 and an application for this has been made for government approval.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2013 and will make the golf course, which already boasts stunning scenery, even more attractive to visitors.

Leader of Seaford Town Council Ian White said: “I am delighted that we can now go ahead and build the new clubhouse which has been promised for a number of years, I look forward to seeing it completed next year.”

The council approved the finance for Cheesmur Building Contractors of Beddingham, Lewes, to build the clubhouse on Tuesday November 27 at a council meeting, after four years of planning and designing the facility.

The new building, just off Southdown Road, will cost 1,717,438, which will be funded by a 25 year loan of £1,717,000, an application for which has been made for government approval.

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

After this work on the detailed design of the building was undertaken.

The town council said the clubhouse would provide updated facilities for golfers.

It will have a flexible space which can be used by the public and local organisations to hold a variety of events. Seaford currently has a lack of larger venues.

The clubhouse will include a full catering kitchen and bar with an outside balcony, where visitors will be able to take advantage of the panoramic views of Seaford Bay.

Temporary accommodation will be provided in the meantime to ensure golf club members and other golfers can continue to enjoy their sport during the construction period, when the course will remain open for business. The old clubhouse, which club president Don Mabey said was falling apart, will be demolished.

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.

The new facility could mean the club will be able to attract businesses and societies, thus increasing revenue and ploughing the profits back into the town.