golf in Kent
A golfer's paradise in the Garden of England
Whether you are an accomplished golfer or a budding beginner, Kent is the ideal place for a round of golf or golfing break.
The Garden of England is known first and foremost for the three championship links golf courses; Royal St George’s, Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s, of which all have been honoured with staging the UK’s only major, The British Open Championship.
Royal St George’s has hosted the event an impressive 14 times, most recently in 2011 when Darren Clarke lifted the famous Claret Jug, and is the only golf course in the south of England on the current Open rota. Royal Cinque Ports meanwhile staged the Open Championship in 1909 and 1920 and Prince’s in 1932 when it was won by Gene Sarazen.
Further down the coast from this tantalizing championship trio, Littlestone is another revered championship links gem whilst to the north, the cliff top course at North Foreland offers a stiff golfing challenge alongside spectacular views over Kent’s white cliffs and the English Channel.
Testament to their quality, the two downland golf courses at the London Golf Club were designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, and regularly host top amateur and professional golf tournaments, just 20 miles from central London.
The picturesque parkland course designed by Donald Steel at Tudor Park is set in 200 acres of ancient hunting grounds whilst Hever Castle and Leeds Castle offer particularly scenic golf courses set against spectacular historic castle backdrops, landscaped gardens and lakes. The course at the London Beach Hotel offers stunning views across the Weald of Kent and offers a challenging experience.
Kent also has a wide variety of ‘stay & play’ options from The Lodge at Prince’s, ideal for those playing the east coast layouts, to the luxurious Hand Picked Hotels at Chilston Park and Brandshatch Place. Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, also offers a selection of hotels and coaching inns and of course the perfect pint!
Kent’s fantastic array of golf courses and choice of accommodation as well as its numerous off-course activities, its castles and cathedrals and its growing reputation for mouth-watering cuisine make it a golfer’s paradise.