insideKENT Magazine Issue 61 - April 2017 - Page 50

GOLF

Golf IN KENT cont .
Dale Hill
With over 350 acres of grounds , the two courses at Dale Hill are laid out to take in the best of the surrounding scenery . The High Weald is at its best here , and playing golf in such a lovely place must be good for the soul .
Both the courses at Dale Hill are 18 holes . The first , designed by Ian Woosnam , is , as Woosnam himself puts it , “ challenging enough to test the pros , yet accessible enough to be enjoyed by amateurs ”. You can ’ t ask for much more than that when it comes to golf – a place where everyone can enjoy the game on the same course for different reasons . The Dale Hill course is the original one on the site , but it has lost none of its charm and it makes for a satisfying round of golf .
01580 200112 www . golfclub . co . uk
Lullingstone Park Golf Club
At Lullingstone Park Golf Club there are two fantastic courses to choose from . If you want a quick game on a 9-hole course try the Valley Course . It may be shorter than Lullingstone ’ s second course , but it shouldn ’ t be underestimated – it ’ s a definite test of ability and the 9th hole is especially challenging ; it ’ s a par 3 and is much harder than it looks . The longer , 18-hole course is the Castle Course , and it is from here that you will find the best views of Lullingstone Castle and the area around it . At 6,713 yards this one will really keep you thinking all the way round .
01959 533793 www . sencio . org . uk / golf-lullingstone
Westgate & Birchington Golf Club
Broome Park Golf Club
Established during the reign of Charles I , the Broome Park Estate is a magnificent place to play golf . As its centre piece it has the Grade I listed Mansion House which was completed in about 1638 , and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Carolean architecture in all of England . Refurbished and restored , one of the Mansion House ’ s most famous owners was Horatio Herbert Kitchener , First Earl Kitchener of Khartoum .
The golf course itself is a superb 18-hole parkland course set within the private 268 acre estate . The course opened in 1981 , and was designed by the famous golf course architect Donald Steel . The entire course measures 6587 yards off the championship white tees , has a standard scratch of 72 and par 72 . The course is an excellent test for all ages and levels of golfers and the finishing hole is particularly spectacular .
Broome Park Golf Club is easily accessible from the M2 / A2 or M20 travel routes and is actually located off the A260 . Come along and enjoy the great game in the Garden of England .
0800 358 6991 www . broomepark . co . uk
Westgate and Birchington is a cliff top 18-hole course of 4,877 yards with stunning views over the sea between the towns of Westgate on Sea and Birchington . It is suitable for players of all ages . The clubhouse at Westgate and Birchington is open daily , offering refreshments to members and visiting golfers alike . The dining area , seating up to sixty diners , affords beautiful views over the course while the lounge and the bar are the perfect places to relax after a round of golf . Secure changing facilities for both men and women are available . Both members and visitors are welcome .
01843 831115 www . wabgc . co . uk
Cherry Lodge Golf Club
Cherry Lodge Golf Club was founded in 1969 and since then it has played host to thousands of avid golfers who enjoy the thrill of the 6,593 yard , par 72 course which is an impressive 600 feet above sea level . And although this is a private club with membership required , it is a modern , unpretentious kind of place . Visitors are always welcome , and with such beautifully kept grounds and lovely surroundings , it ’ s not hard to see why Cherry Lodge is so beloved .
01959 572250 www . cherrylodgegc . co . uk
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