insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 75

GOLF Kent: A Golfer’s Paradise CONT. Leeds Castle One of Britain's historic golf courses, in the 85th anniversary year of the Leeds Castle Golf Course first opening for play, a major recent two-year investment has revitalised the course. Set within the Kent countryside, the course now has a new 6th hole along the moat's edge and a teasing par-three 8th, with the 9th hole having been extended to a par four. The course offers spectacular views of the 900-year-old castle as you play and provides an excellent test for golfers of all standards. Originally built on the 500-acre estate in 1924 for the Hon. Lady Baillie, the then owner of Leeds Castle, today the nine-hole course continues to provide stunning views of the castle with the addition of new vistas, created by thinning out existing overgrown woodlands. PGA Professional Steve Purves has created a designated short game coaching area and can Prince’s Golf Club help you enhance your strengths whilst developing areas for improvement. With 30 years’ experience in coaching, from tour professionals to beginners, take advantage of Steve’s PGA qualified teaching and playing expertise. Golf coaching is available for individuals or groups in half hour or nine-hole playing sessions. For more information, visit the website. Pay and play prices start from just £13.50 for 9 holes and for those wishing to play unlimited golf, purchase a Season Ticket in five- or seven-day format starting from as little as £295 per year. Season tickets are available to purchase online at www.leeds-castle.com/golf or by calling the Pro Shop on 01622 767828. Leeds Castle Golf Course is located on the A20 near Maidstone, just off Junction 8 of the M20. www.leeds-castle.com/golf Canterbury Golf Club © Kevin Murray Canterbury Golf Club opened for play in 1927 on 160 acres of land leased from the War Office. Designed by the renowned course architect Harry Colt, the 18-hole course boasts several areas given SSSI status by Natural England. Over many years, the original heathland nature of the course has altered with the introduction of huge expanses of trees. The resulting mature woodland with its carpet of bluebells in spring and wide variety of wildlife all year round, make this an uplifting place to play golf. The course is 6,272 yards off the whites, a par 71, and is a mix of open par 5s, tight par 4s and challenging par 3s. www.canterburygolfclub.co.uk Prince’s Golf Club, located on Sandwich Bay on the east Kent coast, boasts wonderful accommodation offering sea or golf course views and 27 holes of championship links golf set near to the charming ancient town of Sandwich. 2016 is set to be an exciting year at Prince’s with two R&A events being held there. These are the St. Andrews Trophy, where golfers from GB&I play against their continental counterparts, and the Jacques Leglise Trophies, with the same format for boys. In 2017 Prince’s will co-host the Amateur Championship with Royal St. George’s, and from 2018 to 2021 the links will be one of the final qualifying venues for the Open. The championship links of Prince’s, scene of Gene Sarazen’s 1932 Open victory, have benefited from continual investment over the last few years and are now presented in the best condition that members and golfing visitors have ever seen. In the three years since the Lodge at Prince’s has opened, golfing guests have enjoyed the comfortable surroundings and friendly welcome. The 38 en-suite bedrooms offer the perfect choice for a golf break at Prince’s or indeed to also enjoy the other championship links alo ng this coastline (Royal St. George’s and Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club) over several days. Guests have been impressed by the quality of the dining experience in the 2AA Rosette restaurant at the Brasserie on the Bay. But Prince’s can offer more to their guests in 2016; a new grass practice will be opened (it could double as a football pitch given its size!) with the professional team headed up by Kent PGA captain Anthony Tarchetti offering lessons to include Trackman technology, or a ‘links’ warmup to give golfers a flavour of links skills before teeing off. The gym onsite is always available for hotel guests to use. Guests can also book to view ‘The Gallery’, a fascinating and visual walk through the history of Prince’s. Golfers are welcome to visit for a day’s golf or stay overnight to enjoy the next day on the links. www.princesgolfclub.co.uk 75