Kent: The ultimate golf challenge

7th hole at Royal St George's Golf Club looking out to the English Channel

7th hole at Royal St George’s Golf Club looking out to the English Channel

17th at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club © Chris Barnard

17th at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club © Chris Barnard

Known throughout the world as the garden of England, Kent has over eighty golf courses in the region, including three Royal courses and three Open Championship courses. Kent was also the first county to have a golf course outside of Scotland when King James I played golf on Blackheath. The course has since moved from the heath to Eltham but still retains its Royal connection and Monika to this day.

Kent and Surrey are also the two counties that I grew up learning the game of golf, I feel blessed that I was able to experience

The 5th hole and fort at North Foreland Golf Course

The 5th hole and fort at North Foreland Golf Course

the many varieties that Kent has to offer from Links to parkland, heathland and over the last 20 years American type courses. Courses steeped in history and those just starting out on their journey will no doubt make their mark over the coming decades.

This section will grow as I start to play, video and review old favourites along with the many new courses that have emerged over the last 20 years. And with most golf courses being about an hour’s drive or train ride from central London. All are accessible to the visiting golfer who wants to see the sights of London with their family but not miss out on being able to play an

The Lodge at Prince's Golf Club

The Lodge at Prince’s Golf Club

Open Championship, Royal Course or one of the many hidden gems the Kent countryside possesses.

Where to play

Royal St Georges Golf Club

Princes Golf Club

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

North Foreland Golf Club


Where to stay

The Lodges at Princes

Prince's Golf Club's 8th Hole on The Dunes course © Kevin Murray

Prince’s Golf Club’s 8th Hole on The Dunes course © Kevin Murray

TOPICS: Courses, Courses and Travel, Destinations, Golf

ABOUT: James Mason

James Mason is a contributing writer for Golf Monthly magazine, producing destination reviews, technical and equipment reviews and blogs. He was also part of the judging panel for the 2010 Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland. James has written equipment reviews and technical features for Greenside magazine, destination features for Golf World and Going for Golf magazines and interviews for Middle East Golfer.

3 Responses to “Kent: The ultimate golf challenge”

  1. Chris Croker

    Greetings James
    Just a quickie to touch base. I have only recently subscribed to ‘The Grain’ and spotted your article on Kent. I spy a kindred spirit. Briefly, I am a freelance journo, based in Hervey Bay Queensland, Australia.
    I am associated with the Aust. Golf Digest as a periodic scribe and long-term member of the biennial Top 100 Rating team. Golf / Travel is the primary topic for the majority of my most recent written ramblings.
    I have a predilection for links golf and have traveled extensively in pursuit of this idiosyncrasy. Among a dozen or so of the best courses available in the south of England, I have been fortunate to have played each of those mentioned in your article and including, Rye GC.
    If you deem it appropriate, I’d enjoy corresponding further.
    Cheers for now,
    Chris C…..

    • James Mason

      Hey Chris

      Yes I am a lover of Links golf. If you are looking for the best links experience in the world, I would try Liverpool’s Golf Coast next time you are over. Three Royal courses – Lytham St Annes, Birkdale and Holyoke – plus Southport & Ainsdale, West Lancs, Formby – my favourite course in the world – Heskeith, Hillside, Wallasey, Fairhaven all in a 40 mile stretch. Throw in Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008, The Beatles, The worlds largest docks – back when everything was transported by ships – two of the worlds greatest football teams – the better team play in Red! – and you have a very unique place.


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