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Best Golf Courses in Kent

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Royal St George's Golf Club

Royal St. George's hosted its first Open Championship in 1894, some eight years before it was granted Royal status by King Edward VII, and after 13 more between then and now, it is set to host again in 2020.

The typical links course demands versatility and intelligence as you play on some of the most exciting and demanding holes in golf.

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Royal St George's facts
Location Sandwich, Kent, England
Length 7,204 yards
Par 70
Designed by Laidlaw Purves
Established 1887
Granted Royal status King Edward VII in 1902
Where to stay Kent

❝A serious test of golf, regardless of the tees you play off or the wind on offer.❞
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Prince's Golf Club

Often the most overlooked of the three Open hosts in Sandwich Bay, Prince’s more than deserves its place as one of the top links courses in the country. As the direct Neighbour of Royal St George’s, Prince’s shares the same dramatic coastline that makes both courses such epic places to play the game. For anyone golfing in the South East, this track is worthy of a place on the list.

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Prince's Golf Club facts
Location Sandwich, Kent, England
Length 7,204 yards
Par 71
Designed by Henry Cotton, Gene Sarazen & Mackenzie and Ebert
Established 1902
Where to stay Lodges at Princes

❝You should practice playing low punch shots before visiting Prince's as the key to scoring well is to stay out of the gentle, but sometimes wild, sea breeze. I would also keep well clear of the rough as even if you do find your ball you may well find it unplayable.❞
Rick (Marketing: Handicap 11)

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Royal Cinque Ports

One of three Open Championship hosts found in Sandwich Bay on the beautiful Kent coast, Royal Cinque Ports is one of the greatest, and toughest, links courses in the country. Although it has been some time since The Open was last played there, Deal has not lost a step and should be a must play for any golfers in the south of England.

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Royal Cinque Ports facts
Location Deal, Kent, England
Length 7,245 yards
Par 71
Designed by Henry Hunter, James Braid, Sir Guy Campbell & Henry Cotton
Established 1892
Where to stay Lodges at Princes, Lots of options in Kent

❝Stay well clear of the bunkers. The contours of the fairway actually gather your ball towards the sand traps so they are really about two or three times larger than they look from the tee.❞
Rick (Marketing: Handicap 11)

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Littlestone Golf Club

Yet another stunning golf course that can be found on the Kent coast, Littlestone is a fantastic, true links course, a worthy neighbour of the three Open hosts just up the coastline. Located in one of the driest spots in the UK, Littlestone’s greens are lightning fast and run true, your putting will need to be on point to keep the 3 putts off your card.

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Littlestone Golf Club facts
Location New Romney, Kent, England
Length 6,632 yards
Par 71
Designed by William Laidlaw Purves, James Braid, Alister MacKenzie
Established 1888
Where to stay Lots of options in Kent

❝Littlestone is a classic links course, if the wind is up and the course is dry take a little less club for your approaches to the greens, the ball will land short and still hop onto the putting surface.❞
Rick (Marketing: Handicap 11)

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Chart Hills Golf Club

Set in the midst of the Kent countryside, Chart Hills is an awesome and refreshing change of pace from other parkland courses in the South East. Despite being in the Garden of England, Chart Hills has a decidedly American look and feel. As Nick Faldo’s first attempt at course design in Europe, it has been widely considered as a huge success, a definite must play in the Kent area.

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Chart Hills Golf Club facts
Location Biddenden, Kent, England
Length 7,045 yards
Par 72
Designed by Nick Faldo
Established 1993
Where to stay Dale Hill, Weald of Kent

❝Stay clear of the bunkers, there are lots of them!❞
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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The London Club - Heritage Course

The London Club beckons discerning individuals to experience an oasis of sophistication and leisure. This exclusive establishment boasts a picturesque location where elegance and leisure converge, offering a resplendent respite in the heart of Kent.

The Heritage course at The London Club is a true masterpiece that seamlessly blends the charm of traditional golf with the modern amenities of a world-class resort. Its meticulously manicured fairways wind through ancient woodlands and gently rolling terrain, offering golfers a captivating journey through nature's beauty. Designed with precision and care, featuring numerous water hazards ready to capture any off-line approach, a round here is an unforgettable experience.

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The London Club - Heritage Course facts
Location Ash, Kent, England
Length 7,208 yards
Par 72
Designed by Jack Nicklaus
Established 1994
Where to stay Hilton Cobham

❝With plenty of room off the tee, golfers are encouraged to tee it up and hit it high to give shorter distances into the well-protected greens.❞
Ryan (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 5)

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North Foreland

Perched up on a cliff along the Kent coast, North Foreland provides golfers with a pure and unadulterated dose of high-quality seaside golf. The golf club has welcomed golfers for over a 100 years and offers a year-round golfing experience with fast-running fairways and greens along with coastal views that are amongst the best in England.

Often used by the R&A as a qualifying course for the Open Championship the main course at North Foreland is renowned for its fast-running fairways and greens. The open front nine offer a nice contrast to the tighter back nine and a mixture of strategically placed bunkers.

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North Foreland facts
Location Broadstairs, Kent, England
Length 6,412 yards
Par 71
Designed by Herbert Fowler, Tom Simpson
Established 1903
Where to stay The Bell Hotel

❝Unlike seaside courses that run through dunes, North Foreland is chalk-based and, as a result, it drains exceptionally well and is playable all year round.❞
Sam (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 1)

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Walmer & Kingsdown

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club provides scenic beauty and rich golfing heritage. Nestled on the picturesque coastline of the Garden of England, this historic club offers a golfing experience like no other. With its roots dating back to 1909, the club has stood the test of time, welcoming golf enthusiasts to its challenging and meticulously maintained course for over a century.

Boasting stunning panoramic views of the English Channel and the White Cliffs of Dover, the layout provides a captivating backdrop for golfers of all skill levels. The undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and fast greens ensure a satisfying challenge for both seasoned golfers and newcomers alike.

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Walmer & Kingsdown facts
Location Deal, Kent, England
Length 6,471 yards
Par 72
Designed by James Braid
Established 1909
Where to stay The Bell Hotel

❝Combine this with the Open trio, Royal St George's, Prince's and Royal Cinque Ports❞
Sam (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 1)

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Frequently asked questions about golf in Kent

What golf tournaments have been played in Kent?

The Open Championship has been played in Kent at Prince's Golf Club, Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club and most recently and most frequently, Royal St George's Golf Club where Collin Morikawa triumphed in 2021. The London Club is another course in Kent that has held professional events having been the host of The European Tour for both The European Tour and Volvo World Matchplay.

What golf courses in Kent are best for societies?

Golf resorts such as Tudor Park and Prince's Golf Club which feature a hotel and golf course on-site are popular choices for societies. Other options include playing some links golf at the likes of Walmer and Kingsdown as part of a Kent golf tour.

How many golf courses are there in Kent?

There are almost 100 courses in the county of Kent so there are plenty of courses to choose from when it comes to taking a golf break in “the garden of England”.

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