Best golf courses: Dover

Dover: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in and around this city. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key below for the rating definitions.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
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Colt, Harry

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Current design by English course architect Harry Colt (1927).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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Faldo & Smyers

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Nick Faldo & Steve Smyers

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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Purves, Dr Laidlaw

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Original design by Dr Laidlaw Purves (1888); later revisions by James Braid and Dr Alister MacKenzie (1924).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
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Fowler & Simpson

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Herbert Fowler & Tom Simpson (1913).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Campbell & Morrison

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Original course designed by Charles Hutchings & Percy Montagu Lucas (1906). Current 27-hole layout resulted from a significant post-war redesign by Sir Guy Campbell & John Morrison (1950).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Hunter & Braid

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Original 9-holes laid out by Henry Hunter (1892), and extended to 18 (1896). Layout redesigned by James Braid (1919). Sir Guy Campbell restored the course after WWII, substantially retaining the earlier Hunter/Braid routing.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Weekdays only
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Purves, Dr Laidlaw

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Weekdays only

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Dover

Designer

Original design by Dr Laidlaw Purves (1887); later revisions by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1924).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
On application
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Colt, Harry

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Dover

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Original design by English course architect Harry Colt and Scottish professional Douglas Rolland. Later revisions by Tom Simpson (1932), Sir Guy Campbell (1938), Major H.C. "Charles" Tippet (1947).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
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Braid, James

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Dover

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Original design by James Braid. Restored and re-opened in 1948 after WWII (when the course was covered in barbed wire and defensive positions). Extended and improved by John Lawrie (1960s).

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