Littlestone Golf Club Experiences Surge in New Members
The acclaimed Littlestone Golf Club in Kent has experienced a surge in public interest since the game resumed across the country, seeing a notable rise in membership enquiries for both its Championship and Warren Courses, including beginners who want to take up the ancient game for the first time.
Indeed, the club’s Second Club and Fairway Club memberships for the Championship Course are proving so popular that a waiting list for these membership categories has been reintroduced. Both categories represent value for a course of this calibre; Second Club membership costs just £650 for 20 rounds whilst Fairway Club membership is on offer for £745 which includes 15 rounds and unlimited golf from November to February.
However, as so many existing members in these categories then trade up to full membership, space becomes available almost every week ensuring new members do not have to wait too long to join Littlestone.
Despite a lack of rain during lockdown, both courses are in fantastic condition even though the tee sheets have been consistently busy since reopening.
Following the return of golf, some adjustments have been introduced to the members’ twoball and fourball and the visitor tee times over the Championship Course. For the next month, the club is restricting morning tee times to the members, though it has opened up the tee sheet to allow more fourball visitor golf after 1pm. Visitors can now play every weekday (except Tuesdays) and at the weekends as fourballs after 1pm.
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An added bonus is that Littlestone has retained its 2019 green fees so all play after 2pm is at the special twilight rate of just £50 per person which again represents excellent value for the Championship Course.
Meanwhile the launch of the new under-30 and under-40 membership categories at the club’s other course, the Warren, have also proved to be a huge success with 60 plus new members signing up.
A Warren Loyalty Card Scheme has also been introduced allowing golfers to buy ten green fee rounds at the Warren for just £150, saving between £5 and £10 per round. Moreover there are no restrictions on the Warren tee times so two, three and fourball golf can be played seven days a week from 7am, with individual green fees starting at just £20.
As for every club in England, this has been a period of vast adjustment as Littlestone has strived to ensure its members and guests enjoy their golf in the safest way possible. In line with government advice, Littlestone has introduced strict COVID guidelines both on and off course which can be found on the front page of the club website.
For the time being, large groups and societies (of 30 or more) are not allowed in the clubhouses but the club can provide packed breakfasts, lunches and light suppers that can be taken onto the course or picked up before or after golf.
Littlestone is regarded as a wonderful, traditional championship links course laid out on naturally undulating land and its own range of sand dunes. Set between Romney Marsh and the English Channel, this stretch of coastline enjoys a unique microclimate making it one of the driest places in England.
Testament to the quality of the course, it was set to host The R&A Junior Open in July, just prior to the staging of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s, both of which have been postponed until next year.
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