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.
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.

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.


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.

So, forget having anything to eat if you have forgotten your jacket and tie, ensure your legs are fully covered by long socks even if you are wearing shorts and you will be locked out of the clubhouse if you finish after 7pm even though the green fees are £140 per person. And leave your mobile phones at home!

But do you know what, so what! Rye is a fantastic golf course, the staff are professional and courteous and the lunch matches anything I have ever experienced. If the members wish to maintain some quaint and archaic rules without hurting anyone – to me that adds to the uniqueness of golf in England.


It has to be said that the best courses in England are generally amongst the most accessible of any of the top courses across the world. If you are willing to pay the green fee and book well in advance, generally you are able to get a game on courses and follow in the footsteps of some of the greats of the game.

Having said that, golf tourism in England for many years sat in the shadows of offerings from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and other countries in continental Europe who in recent years have seen Golf as a means to attract tourists with plenty of disposable income.

Founded less than 5 years ago, Golf Tourism England helps to fill a vital function to promote England as a major golfing destination, to generate and promote marketing activities for its members whilst lobbying Government for additional funds to promote the game.

GTE concentrates on the best courses in the country through the promotion of regionalised Tours – for example Royal Cromer forms part of the Norfolk’s Golf Coast with Sheringham, Hunstanton and Kings Lynn.

Norfolks Golf Coast

These groups are a great example of Clubs working together for mutual benefit – benefits that trickle down to all Clubs in the region.

So in summary, give or take the odd own goal provided by old-fashioned and out of date customs, the top courses in England form a fantastic advert for the golf industry in this country. Regularly hosting the biggest golf tournament in the world, clustered together to create easy golf tours and with history, quality and diversity, the future continues to be bright for the best of the best in England.