Must Play: Visit Kent
Kent offers some truly unique golfing experiences in this picturesque county that is fast becoming a real golfing hotspot. Kent is the Garden of England with a great range of golf courses, all just over an hour’s drive from London. It is home to the only three golf courses in Southern England to have hosted The Open Championship.
In July 2011, it is all set to stage the oldest and greatest golf major, The Open, back for the first time in eight years at Sandwich and the magnificent Royal St George’s Golf Club, one of the most historic and challenging golf clubs on The Open rota.
Across the rest of Kent, there are over 100 golf courses and a wonderful mix of accommodation to suit every golfer’s needs. The excellent transport links make this an easily accessible part of the country by road, rail, air and sea.
The Kent coast line is home to some of the most challenging and testing link courses in the world. The famous Royal St George’s, Royal Cinque Ports, Prince’s, Littlestone and North Foreland all enjoy spectacular views across the channel to France.
Princes Golf Club is highly recommended, it offers the best in modern links golf, with its 27 holes of Championship golf, practice facilities to match a centrally located clubhouse. The Lodge at Prince’s will be opening in July 2011 to accommodate golfers staying on site. The Lodge are situated at the entrance to Prince’s Golf Club with fine views across Prince’s and Royal St George’s courses and across to Pegwell Bay and Ramsgate.
Another excellent links course in the area is Royal Cinque Ports. The Deal golf course was established in 1892 and is known by many to be a cracking test of golf. Look out for the large sand dunes and south westerly wind that comes into play to really put your golfing skills to the ultimate test.
A golf course for all calibres of golfers in Kent is the Walmer and Kingsdown, it was opened in 1909 and is a challenging cliff top down land links, measuring 6,471 yards from the white tees. The abundance of woodland and wildlife make accuracy a more prominent element of your round.
Home to the European Open, the London Golf Club is a venue of distinction. Conveniently located just off the M25 and M20; it’s easily accessible from London and only 12 miles from Canary Wharf. The International Course is a great test of golf. Long grasses sway in the ever-changing breeze. The course is naturally firm and the quick undulating fairways force a links-style approach, while short holes over water provide dramatic respite. The course proves a tough test for the most talented of golfers whilst providing some great opportunities on the risk-reward holes to shoot some great scores.
Surrounding the historic city of Canterbury is a range of golf courses. One that is worth a mention is Boughton Golf Course that has something for golfers of all abilities. It has two loops of nine with a range of interesting pars. The large trees throughout this golf course add to the test of the game and with two large ponds incorporated, these is always the risk of losing one of those wayward golf shots.
To experience golf in this unique part of the country Golfbreaks.com has created some packages to cater for every golfer and budget requirement, below are just a sample of some of the packages.
- Sandwich Golf Tour from £339 per person for 1 night’s B&B and 2 rounds
- Play at Royal St George’s and Royal Cinque Ports
- Stay at Royal Hotel, Deal
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- Canterbury Golf Tour from £239 per person for 2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds
- Play at Prince’s & Walmer & Kingsdown
- Stay at Millers Arms, Canterbury
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- Mid Kent Golf Tour from £229 per person for 2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds
- Play at St Augustines, Prince’s & Chart Hills
- Stay at New Flying House, Ashford
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- North Kent Golf Tour from £175 per person for 1 night’s B&B and 2 rounds
- Play at London Golf Club & Royal Blackheath
- Stay at Brands Hatch Thistle, Longfield
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If these excellent packages aren’t enough Golfbreaks.com are offering one lucky golfer and a friend the chance to play Royal St George’s, just 2 weeks after the 2011 Open, visit www.golfbreaks.com/competition to enter. The competition closes on the 19th July 2011