A golfer’s paradise in the ‘Garden of England’...
The ‘Garden of England’ is home to over 100 courses boasting magnificent views of picturesque landscape, sweeping seascapes and blossoming orchards. A golfing break to Kent will both delight the senses and up your game.
Our coastal courses offer dramatic, panoramic views over the English Channel, while natural clusters of golf courses can be found around Kent’s cultural cities, bustling seaside towns and magnificent, inspiring gardens. Here you will find some of the best golf courses in England, and plenty of things to do after the 18th hole.
As the oldest county in England, Kent boasts a plethora of visitor attractions from the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral 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 whilst the stunning gardens at Sissinghurst are world-famous. Kent’s coastline is dotted with Blue Flag beaches perfect for swimming, walking or surfing! Seaside towns like Broadstairs (Charles Dickens’ favourite resort), and Margate, home to the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery, are stimulating havens after a fulfilling day on the green.
A golf break in Kent can be combined with historical and cultural excursions, and 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?
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 helped to establish Kent as one of the England’s premier golf holiday destinations.