Kent, affectionally known as the Garden of England has an established place in golf history in 1894 when Royal St. George’s hosting the first Open outside Scotland, which has been held there no less than 13 times, most recently in 2011, and it will host its 14th Open in 2020.
With nearly 100 courses across both East and West Kent providing plenty of choice and a challenge no matter what your handicap. With so much choice you really are spoilt for choice; but we have selected a few for your consideration, from “Golf World” Top 100 courses in England:
Royal St. George’s.
Royal St. George’s Golf Club occupies a unique place in the history of golf, for it was here in 1894, that the Open Championship was first played outside Scotland. In all there have been 14 Open Championships played at St George’s, more than any course outside of Scotland.
The golf course provides a severe test for even the greatest of golfers and the fact that only three Open winners – Bill Rogers in 1981, Greg Norman in 1993 and Ben Curtis in 2003 – have managed to be under par after 72 holes, tells its own story.
Royal Cinque Ports.
This proper, workmanlike links – built over a fairly narrow tract of land – asks a lot of very tough questions.
The Club has been the scene of many Championships, including two Open Championships in 1909 and 1920. The Club hosted the Amateur Championship in 2013 and was one of four Final Open Qualifying venues from 2014-2017.
Since 1924, Royal Cinque Ports has been home every year to the Halford Hewitt Public Schools Championship which is the largest amateur tournament in the world.
Prince’s. (Dunes & Himalayas)
Prince’s offers all that is best in modern golf: with its 27 holes of Championship links golf, practice facilities to match and a centrally located clubhouse Since its opening in 2012, Prince’s can now offer visiting golfers overnight accommodation in its 38 bedroom facility – The Lodge. Prince’s boasts 3 loops of 9 holes: The Shore, The Dunes and the Himalayas, all of which have their own unique characteristics and signature holes and have benefited from significant investment and redevelopment over recent years.
Boasting two unique courses, The Championship Links and The Warren, Littlestone GC offers members and visitors the chance to play their golf on superbly presented and managed links courses. Both cared for by the same team of excellent greens staff and both sharing the same stretch of Romney Marsh land, they offer two unique golfing experiences for lovers of the game.
Situated in the heart of the Garden of England, Chart Hills is an award winning course originally designed by Sir Nick Faldo. Sitting in the High Weald of Kent, the course and clubhouse are easily accessible from major routes into the county and Ashford International Station is just a 20 minute drive away. Set within its 200 acres of parkland course complete with Oak woodlands and lakes it really is an idyllic setting. Chart Hills is recognised as a course which offers diversity and challenge all laid out in a stunning location in Biddenden. Sir Nick Faldo designed Chart Hills in 1993 and the course has matured into one of the finest in the South of England. Now having just been totally redeveloped in 2020, it is a must to play.
Knole Park Golf Club is a friendly, first class golf club set in the magnificent Knole estate. The course is regularly named in the top 100 courses in England and features wild deer roaming around the beautifully scenic and testing golf course. While the club is a members club, visitors and societies are also welcome for experienced golfers.
To find out more about any of the above courses or over 30 more courses in Kent, or throughout the UK, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 0844 884 9934. (This is a local cost call from mobiles).