Downland cOURSES IN kENT
In Kent's Idyllic Countryside...
Established in 1903 in Broadstairs, North Foreland is steeped in history. Its elevated location above Kent’s white cliffs ensures stunning panoramas of the English Channel and east Kent countryside from every hole. Broad fairways disguise a tricky layout where strategically-placed bunkers lie in wait whilst the layout also demands accurate, solid second shots in order to hold the greens.
Testament to the quality of its championship course, North Foreland was chosen as one of the Final Qualifying Courses for The 2003 Open Championship. The club also possesses a par 3 course, The Northcliffe, which offers golfers a chance to hone their short game.
As a European Tour Destination and part of the IMG Prestige network, London Golf Club provides an oasis of golfing tranquillity in 700 acres of idyllic Kent countryside, just 20 miles from the Capital. The Heritage course is a Jack Nicklaus Signature design that bears all the hallmarks of the 18 time Major Champion. Host to the 2008 & 2009 European Open, the course provides an exhilarating test for golfers of all abilities.
The International course is pure downland and the quick undulating fairways force a links-style approach. Home of the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship and having hosted both Regional Open Qualifying and European Tour Qualifying School, this course proves a tough test for the most talented of golfers while providing the opportunity to shoot some great scores with a number of risk-reward holes.
Inland from Folkestone, Etchinghill boasts 18 holes carved into the hillside overlooking the Elham Valley whilst a further nine holes, all with double tees, are laid out across a distinctly different parkland setting. Etchinghill also offers a 9-hole Academy Course and excellent practice facilities.
Between Faversham and Canterbury, Boughton was designed by local professional, Phillip Sparks, whose understanding of the naturally undulating terrain of Kent is used to full advantage over the 6,591-yard layout. Set in over 160 acres, the course has generously sized greens and features two hazardous ponds. Nearby the 9-hole Academy Course, laid out in 25 acres of Kent orchards, caters for beginners as well as those looking for a quick round.