Hever Rd, Hever,
nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NP
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and open, rural countryside.
9-hole par-35 Princes course (2784 yards)
17 miles NE of Crawley
Leave the M25 at Jtn 5, follow A21 direction Sevenoaks/Hastings. After 1 mile take A25 direction Sevenoaks. After o.6 miles turn right into Bessels Green Road at the Kings Head pub (do not go past the green). After 250 yards turn right at T-junction (difficult blind turn - be careful). After 4.3 miles turn left into narrow road, direction Chiddingstone. After 2 miles go over narrow railway bridge and turn right immediately in front of Wheatsheaf pub, direction Hever Castle. After 1 mile golf is on your left.
Hever Castle Golf Club: Laid out on pleasantly undulating terrain, Hever Castle Golf Club comprises three 9-hole loops that provide an absorbing and testing round for players of all abilities. The Kings and Queens courses combine to form the 18-hole Championship course, while the shorter Princes-nine also presents a wonderful layout in its own right.
The Championship course roams across the gently undulating terrain, exuding a classically English parkland air. Some holes are played in a woodland setting, and others in a more open and linksy environment where grassy rough comes into play. After an absorbing front-nine (Kings), the back-nine (Queens) lays down some of Hever Castle's sterner challenges. A testing “Amen Corner” and potentially serious threat to your scorecard, comes at the par-4 11th, signature par-3 12th and fearsome downhill par-4 13th. On all three of these demanding holes, water is menacingly present.
Occasional glimpses of Hever Castle (especially at the 3rd hole) provide reminders of the area's stately background; one can easily imagine a royal hunting party galloping past in days of old. Set in its peaceful and picturesque parkland setting, this is a course that will test both amateurs and professional alike, while providing a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of London, which is not too far away.
Visitors welcome after 10am on weekdays and after 12 noon on weekends.
Must book in advance; bookings taken up to 1 week ahead of day of play.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Dating back to 1270, nearby Hever Castle began as a country house, and from 1462 to 1539 was the seat of the Boleyn, originally "Bullen" family. Hever was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, who became one of Henry VIII's six wives, and unfortunately one of those who lost her head. Ann Boleyn was the mother of Elizabeth I. In 1903 William Waldorf Astor acquired the Castle and gradually added to the estate. In the 1920s the Astors created a 9-hole golf course for their personal enjoyment, which has since been developed into the modern 27-hole course of today. The historic castle is open to the public and also used for conferences.
Wych Cross, Forest Row, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex RH18 5JR
+44 (0)1342 824 988Visit website
This country house hotel is set in landscaped grounds overlooking 186 acres of parkland in the heart of the beautiful Ashdown Forest. At the Country Club you can indulge yourself at the sauna and Spa, and for the more active there’s an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium and an 18-hole par-3 golf course. There are also tennis courts, indoor golfing nets, a practise putting green, croquet lawns and jogging trails through the beautiful grounds and woodlands. The hotel is surrounded by Ashdown Forest, which according to the famous children’s author, A. A. Milne, is the woodland that inspired his Winnie The Pooh stories.
Royal Ashdown Forest
Tandridge; Hever Castle; Mannings Heath; Piltdown; East Sussex Natl; Crowborough Beacon.
Hever, nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG
+44 (0)1732 865 224Visit website
Your chance to stay on a Bed & Breakfast basis, in the Astor Wing of 12th century Hever Castle. Recently refurbished, the 21 rooms available in the Castle's Astor Wing provide luxury and comfort whilst retaining the classic and historic influences of their surroundings. Bookings can be made up to eight weeks in advance of your date of arrival. Whilst staying at this superb location, guests have the opportunity to visit other parts of the historic Castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife and mother of Queen Elizabeth I.
Hever Castle (o.5 mi)
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