Biddenden, Kent TN27 BJX
18 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Nick Faldo & Steve Smyers
12 miles SE of Maidstone
Leave the M20 at exit 8 (Lenham / Leeds Castle). Follow the A20 direction Lenham / Leeds castle. After o.2 mls at first roundabout, follow direction Leeds Castle. After o.3 mls at second roundabout, go straight over. After o.1 mile at third roundabout, follow B2163 direction Leeds / Sutton Vallence. After 2.7 mls turn left onto A274 direction Tenterden / Headcorn. After 10.4 miles (having passed through Headcorn and just after Murco Filling Station), turn left direction Chart Hills Golf Club. After o.1 mile turn left into golf.
Chart Hills Golf Club: Set against a picturesque backdrop of pleasant and gently undulating Kent countryside, you will find plenty of golfing challenges in Nick Faldo’s excellent Chart Hills layout.
The opening par-5 reveals the scale of the impressive bunkering that abounds on the course, which is laid out on expansive and gently undulating terrain. The par-4 2nd signals the occasional presence of threatening water hazards that will need to be navigated over or around on about half the holes.
Generally there is enough space for your tee-shots to be hit with confidence (especially once you get to know the course), although at the short, island-green, par-3 17th, you'll find only a modest-sized water-surrounded green to aim at. With plenty of memorable bunkering along the fairways and guarding many of the spacious greens, Chart Hills lays down an excellent golfing challenge in a fine English rural setting.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and after midday on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts (fitted with GPS) available for hire.
The first Nick Faldo designed course in Europe, Chart Hills recently hosted the English Ladies Open (see Tournaments section in Encyclopedia). | A member of the Leaderboard Golf group of courses, which includes: Chart Hills (Kent), Dale Hill (East Sussex), The Oxfordshire (Oxon), Sandford Springs (Hants) and Leaderboard Golf Centre (Reading, Berks).
Stone St, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HE
+44 (0)1580 713 348Visit website
Set in one of Cranbrook’s most historic buildings, The George has earned an excellent reputation as a popular Kent hotel with a feature restaurant and vibrant brasserie. Originally built to cater for travelling merchants, The George dates back to 1300 and was visited by Queen Elizabeth I in 1573. Flanked by two full suits of armour, a magnificent staircase leads up to 12 individually-designed rooms, including the one where Elizabeth stayed. Listed in Alistair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay.
Chart Hills (7 mi).
Simone Weil Ave, Ashford, Kent TN24 8UX
+44 (0)1233 219 988Visit website
The Ashford International Hotel is located just 5 minutes from the Eurostar, providing a 36 minute Hi-Speed link to London St. Pancras. This 4-star hotel provides an ideal base for exploring Kent's rural countryside ("the Garden of England") or nearby historic Canterbury. The hotel facilities include 179 bedrooms, fully equipped, state-of-the-art gym and a spa where you’ll find a sauna, steam room and six treatment rooms.
Chart Hills; Littlestone.
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