The county of Kent is blessed with many of the most respected links in the UK and dozens of beautiful coastal towns and villages, and is ready to host your next golf break
Kent boasts beautiful countryside, charming coastal towns, captivating castles, pristine villages, vibrant vineyards and full of history and culture.
Whether you want to entice your taste buds with a new kitchen, spend some quality time on a cozy family holiday, relax at a luxury retreat or tackle some of the most challenging liaison courses in the UK, Kent definitely has something for you.
With excellent motorway connections and only a 38-minute train journey from London, Kent is also home to the fastest domestic and international rail links in England.
Kent has a variety of world-class golf courses throughout the province, including three Open Championship hosts in White Cliffs Country-Royal St George’s, Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s. The east coast of Kent also offers incredible linkage experiences on top of limestone cliffs overlooking the canal.
In contrast, inland Kent with its rich, undulating countryside is the perfect backdrop for its heathland and parkland. Golfers can also immerse themselves in the rich history of the country on the estates of Leeds Castle and Hever Castle.
The Golf in Kent partnership, coordinated by Visit Kent, brings together ten leading golf courses across the country, including the London Golf Club and Royal St George’s, to promote the province as one of the UK’s largest golf destinations.
WHITE CLIFFS LAND – THE HOUSE OF KENT’S GOLF COAST
White Cliffs Country is a unique destination that connects the vibrant, world-famous city of Dover and its iconic, ruggedly beautiful White Cliffs with the cute coastal residence and former smuggling port of Deal, and the perfectly preserved medieval Cinque Port of Sandwich.
Here the striking coastline meets the typical countryside, ancient history meets modern comfort, and peace and tranquility meet action and adventure. White Cliffs Country, home of Kent’s golf coast, played the proud host for The Open Championship for the 18th time last month when golf lovers were treated to four days of high-class action from the best players in the world during Royal St George’s venerable fairways.
Easily accessible from London with the Highspeed Line, home to a major international port, White Cliffs Country offers the UK’s shortest ferry service to Europe, and is one of Britain’s most accessible golf destinations. It enjoys one of the warmest and driest climates in the UK.
1 / ROYAL ST GEORGE’S GOLF CLUB
The widely acclaimed Royal St Georges – which was regularly the number one course in England – hosted the Open Championship 14 times and in 2021 again hosted the oldest major of golf. Sandwich, as it is also known, is not a traditional out-and-back link layout, with every nine in a loose figure of eight that blends beautifully into the surroundings of wildflowers, orchids, dune grass and the sweet song of the air lion yards with views of Pegwell Bay and the iconic White Cliffs.
2 / LONDON GOLF CLUB
As a European tour destination and part of the IMG Prestige network, the London Golf Club offers an oasis of tranquility in an idyllic 700-hectare Kent countryside, just 32 km from London. The Heritage Course is a Jack Nicklaus Signature design that bears all the hallmarks of the 18-time Major Champion. The course hosts the European Open 2008 and 2009 and offers an exciting test for golfers of all abilities. The International course is pure downhill and the fast undulating fairways force a switching style approach.
3 / PRINCE’S GOLF CLUB
Prince’s Golf Club boasts 27-hole championship links in three 9-hole runs- The Shore, The Dunes and The Himalaya. Each loop has its own unique characteristics that have recently benefited from significant investment and redevelopment, which has led to the course rising in the Top 100 lists. An impressive array of 97 rediscovered bunkers, including the now famous Sarazen bunker, undulating greens and sea breeze, make challenging golf. Prince’s also offers well-appointed apartment accommodation at The Lodge at Prince’s and a modern restaurant, Brasserie on the Bay, with breathtaking views of Sandwich Bay, surrounding golf courses and beyond.
4 / ROYAL FIVE GARDEN GOLF CLUB
Royal Cinque Ports’ 18-hole championship course is widely regarded as one of the best link layouts in the world. The club also has excellent training facilities, including a driving range, putting green, chipping green and greens. The club offered many events at the highest level, not higher than the two Open Championships it held in 1909 and 1920.
GOLF IN KENT 2021 MAGAZINE
Ready to start planning your next golf getaway to the Garden of England? Golf in Kent magazine tells the story of the history of The Open in Kent, as well as sharing ideas about golf breaks in the county, places to play and stay, and 18 tips for other holiday activities. Visit a digital version https://bit.ly/36xFkYS.