St Andrews Rd, Littlestone,
New Romney, Kent TN28 8RB
18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Original design by Dr Laidlaw Purves (1888); later revisions by James Braid and Dr Alister MacKenzie (1924).
Above distances are for the Championship Links. Alongside Littlestone GC is the pay&play 18-hole Littlestone Warren course, formerly called Romney Warren (par-67; 5266 yds from back tees; SSS 66).
22 miles SW of Dover
Littlestone Golf Club: When it comes to links golf on the Kent coast, a certain trio of courses to the north (Royal St George's, Royal Cinque Ports and Prince's) tend to steal the headlines. But here at Littlestone you'll find one of England's lesser known seaside gems, and one that remains a strong favourite amongst links golf devotees.
Littlestone's out-and-back layout provides a thoroughly absorbing test of links golf. The easy-going short flat opening par-4 belies many better holes to follow. Things immediately pick-up at the par-4 2nd, where a blind approach shot needs to wriggle onto the green between two sand dunes. A blind tee shot comes next at the par-4 3rd; anything hit directly over the marker post will serve you well.
With many excellent links holes to savour, the layout builds to its grand finale, with the best stretch saved 'til last. Here at the closing trio you are finally treated to sea views, as well as the opportunity to add some big numbers to your scorecard (if that hasn't happened already). The tough par-4 16th gently climbs towards Littlestone's water tower; the good length par-3 17th is one of the best in the south of England, and the short par-5 18th calls for an accurate drive rather than an errant tee-shot into the fairway lining rough.
For a straightforward and no-nonsense treat on one of England’s lesser known links courses, Littlestone is well worth a visit. Excellent greens, great bunkering, a high standard of upkeep and many memorable holes, particularly the closing trio, keep golfers coming back to this Kentish gem.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends (after 11:30 on Sundays). Tues & Thur: two-ball and foursomes only.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire for medical reasons only.
From the golf course you will just catch glimpses of, and certainly hear, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway (RH&DR). Since 1927 this small scale working railway, with its fleet of one-third scale steam locomotives, has been an integral part of the landscape of the Romney Marsh. Nowadays it is one of the major tourist attractions in the area.
2019 Golf World Rating: 64th best course in England.
Coast Rd, Littlestone, New Romney, Kent TN28 8QY.
+44 (0)1797 364 747Visit website
This unique boutique hotel, sits alongside Littlestone's 16th fairway. The hotel is family run and has 10 en-suite bedrooms (8 double and two twin) With unparalleled views across the English Channel, the hotel is a popular destination with golfers.
Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent CT21 6AE
+44 (0)1303 267 441Visit website
Enjoy stunning Victorian grandeur on the seafront in Hythe. The Mercure Hythe Imperial Hotel and Spa is one of the finest hotels on the South East coast. Sleep well in one of 90 individually designed ensuite bedrooms, many with views over the English Channel or Kent coastline.
Littlestone; Rye (20 mi).
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