Parkland Courses In Kent
Laid out in the heart of Kent...
Hever Castle Golf Club
Hever Castle is not only one of Kent’s most iconic attractions, it is home to a 7,002-yard, par 72 championship parkland course, comprising the Kings and Queens 9-hole courses, as well as the nine-hole Princes Course that are complemented by a Tudor-style clubhouse.
The championship course boasts an array of stunning holes across its 7,002 yard, par 72 layout, with the 644-yard, par 5 17th regarded as its standout hole. The delightful short 6th and 8th holes on the front nine are both played over water whilst a stunning stretch of holes from the 11th to the 13th - Hever's very own "Amen Corner" – offers carries over water and onto tricky, slick greens.
Testament to the quality of the championship course, the Kent Open and Kent PGA Championships have been staged at Hever in recent times and was showcased on Sky Sports TV when it hosted a PGA EuroPro Tour event in 2010.
Leeds Castle Golf Club
Set within rolling Kent countryside and less than an hour from London, Leeds Castle Golf Club is home to one of the county’s most delightful nine holes of parkland golf and set against the backdrop of England’s loveliest castle.
Originally built on the 500-acre castle estate in 1931 for the Hon. Lady Baillie, the then owner of Leeds Castle, Leeds Castle Golf Club recently celebrated its 85th anniversary with a major two-year investment that has thoroughly revitalised this historic course.
The newly re-routed layout continues to provide stunning views of the Castle today with the addition of new vistas, created by thinning out existing overgrown woodlands. The course now has a new 6th hole along the moat's edge and a teasing par three 8th hole, with the 9th hole having been extended to a par four.
The course is characterized by the spectacular views of the 900-year old Castle as you play and provides an excellent test for golfers of all standards.
Canterbury Golf Club
Canterbury Golf Club opened in 1927 on 160 acres of land leased from the War Office.
It was designed by one of golf's greatest course architects, Harry Colt, in the same year that he completed his prize creation, Wentworth's West Course, and many of the holes at Canterbury bare a distinct resemblance to those at the Surrey course.
In 2014, the course was purchased by Canterbury Golf Club following many years as tenants of the Ministry of Defence.
Over the years, the original heathland nature of the course gave way to huge expanses of trees, the majority of them self-sown. The resulting mature woodland, much of it decorated by carpets of bluebells in spring, and the wide variety of wildlife all year round is, indeed, an uplifting place to play golf.
The diversity of wildlife and natural vegetation led to Natural England designating large areas of the course as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
The course is 6,272 yards off the white blocks. It is a par 71, and is a mix of open par-5s, tight par-4s and challenging par-3s.
Few inland courses are able to match the variety and quality that Canterbury offers. Elevated tees, raised greens, steep climbs, sharp descents, twisting fairways and sloping lies are the features of this wonderful tree-lined layout.