golf in kent
A golfer’s paradise in the ‘Garden of England’ ...
The county of Kent’s rich tradition and history of golf dates back to over a century ago.
The ‘Garden of England’ is home to over 100 courses which boast magnificent views of the county’s picturesque landscape and orchards whilst its coastal courses offer dramatic, panoramic seascapes over the English Channel and the celebrated white chalk cliffs of Kent so there are plenty of great locations for golf in Kent.
Natural clusters of golf courses can be found around Kent’s main towns, all set against a backdrop of rich and varied culture, buildings of historic interest, bustling seaside towns and magnificent, inspiring gardens.
As the oldest county in England, Kent boasts a plethora of visitor attractions from the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, founded in AD 597, to the fascinating Dover Castle where you can experience life from Roman times to World War II. Other historic castles include Hever, Deal, Walmer and Rochester castles whilst the stunning gardens at Sissinghurst are world-famous. Meanwhile Kent’s coastline is ideal for walking and cycling and features seaside towns like Broadstairs, Charles Dickens’ favourite resort, and Margate, home to the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery.
A golf break in Kent can therefore be combined with historical and cultural excursions whilst families can enjoy playing golf alongside visits to the beach or taking on cycling trails.
Kent Golf Courses
Though probably best known for its east coast trail of some of the UK’s premier championship links, Kent also offers an array of parkland and downland masterpieces designed by some of the most revered golf course architects, such as James Braid and Harry Colt, whilst also harbouring some delightful hidden gems.
Testament to the quality of the golf courses in Kent, the county has over the years hosted 17 British Open Championships, the first in 1894 at Royal St George’s, marking the first time that the Major had been played outside Scotland.
Recognised as one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments, The Open Championship has since returned to Royal St George’s 13 times (most recently in 2011 when Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke won) whilst Royal Cinque Ports staged the global event in 1909 and 1920 and nearby Prince’s hosted it in 1932. Indeed numerous other major amateur and professional tournaments have been hosted by courses around the county, testament to the high quality of the golf courses.
By contrast inland Kent with its rich, rolling countryside and abundant orchards is the perfect backdrop to its heathland and parkland courses. The verdant land throughout the Weald of Kent ensures stunning views from the golf courses whilst the undulating terrain makes the layouts a strong test of golf.
Why play golf in Kent?
For the golfer, Kent also offers a broad spectrum of accommodation, gastronomic restaurants, a dry and temperate climate, close proximity to the hub of London and its international airports as well as easy access from Europe either by Eurotunnel or by ferry for overseas visitors. All this and the warm welcome you are assured of receiving in the Garden of England have all helped to establish Kent as one of the England’s premier golf holiday destinations and a ‘must-play’ on most people’s golf breaks bucket list.