Chart Hills - Kent - England

Chart Hills Golf Club,
Weeks Lane,
Biddenden,
Kent,
TN27 8JX,
England


  • +44 (0)1580 292222

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  • M25, then M20, turn off at Leeds Castle

  • Welcome 7 days. After 1pm Mon,Wed,Sat,Sun. Before 1pm Fri.

  • James Cornish

  • Nick Faldo, Steve Smyers

  • Nick Olson


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Chart Hills Golf Club is set in the peaceful rural heart of the Garden of England where old oak trees stand guard and where there is sand, lots and lots of sand.

This is Nick Faldo’s first European design and the discerning American designer, Steve Smyers, supported him, opening for play in 1993. They have created a big and attractive golf course with acres of water and sand to trip up the very best golfers, or as Steve Smyers said: “You feel a great course; it thrills you and sometimes frightens you. But in the end, it will challenge the best in you.”

Despite the English rural location, Chart Hills feels like a commercial American golf and country club complex. The service is first class – they are geared towards corporate and society golf and naturally, it has mandatory buggy paths weaving their way along each of the holes.

The design is bold and uses the natural contours of the land to good effect. The fairways twist and turn in every conceivable direction, heading towards the huge and frighteningly undulating greens. The bunkering is daring in the extreme, extravagant and exceptionally varied, ranging from small deep pot bunkers to the huge serpent-like “Anaconda” bunker on the par five 5th that wiggles along for more than 200 yards. Water hazards feature extensively at Chart Hills. These, too, come in all shapes and sizes and are frequently in play, especially on the short par three 17th where the green is an island.

A round of golf at Chart Hills is a memorable experience and the variety of the holes will keep you thoroughly entertained from your first drive to your last putt.

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Description: Chart Hills Golf Club is set in the peaceful rural heart of the Garden of England where old oak trees stand guard and where there is sand, lots and lots of sand. Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 26

I have played many times at Chart Hills since the opening in the early 90’s and have actually posted two player reviews on Top 100 before. I gave a 5-ball on 27th March 2006 and then a very different 3-ball (just) rank on August 5th 2014. The time around 2014-2015 saw the course at its poorest, un-recognisable in places and around 70 bunkers out of action – on that day in the summer of 2014 my jaw hit the floor in horror with how it had become. This was all done to lack of investment and also some lack of interest as the club was about to be sold.

New owners have been in place now since 2016, so my recent visit this November was to see how things were doing. I am happy to report that the course is on the mend and is making decent progress to return to one of the stronger inland modern courses in the south-east of England. The focus in the last couple of years looks to have been correct with concentration on the tees, the greens and surrounds and also the many bunkers. The tees look really smart now and the bunkers are looking really good and consistent – around twenty of the original number have been strategically removed too. The green-sites have seen the biggest improvement for me and in time could well be better than at their previous best. What I like now is that the aprons, the approaches and the definition between the grass-cuts is spot on – originally there was not really the run-up option to the greens – there is now.

Not too sure where the course will end up in the rankings over the next few years but previously when it was in top notch condition, I would have had this ahead of both courses at The London Club and I imagine that is the first goal in terms of being judged – whether we have a re-entry into the country top 100, that remains to be seen but well done to the new owners and the current team for starting the turnaround.

4 / 6
Chart Hills
November 13, 2018


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Thomas Dean
November 13, 2018

Is the same amount of crazy bunkering on the 9th still there? It looked like Faldo just spewed up sand all over the fairway when I played there some years ago.

Alex
November 14, 2018

Yes some may say crazy bunkering and the 9th is an example of this, just a sea of sand from the tee! In all honesty if the course was being built today the idea of 128 bunkers just would not happen. The new look brings this number down to 100 - not everyone's cup of tea I know but pleased to see a decent course on the way back.

Chart Hills is a flamboyant Sir Nick Faldo designed layout located in tranquil Kent countryside that contains some excellent holes amongst its bold and lavish bunkering.

During 2017 the course has undergone some major course refurbishments. The striking bunkering in particular has essentially been redone and looks very smart. Most of the sizeable sand traps are back in play now and they undoubtedly help give Chart Hills a unique character.

Admittedly, the condition of the fairways wasn’t great but I suspect this is more to do with them being neglected whilst man hours are spent on the mammoth task of returning all of the bunkers into play. The greens, however, were excellent and ran nicely. The course was more than playable on my visit and I expect everything will be back to top spec for the 2018 season.

We are immediately drawn to the impressive scale and style of bunkering at the opening hole; a grand par five that dog-legs to the right and allows you to decide how much of the desert you wish to chew off. All of the par fives feature a lot of sand and although it is obviously preferably to avoid the fairway bunkers there is still a good chance of playing out of them with a long enough club to advance the ball a fair distance. The 16th in particular is a sandy feast with traps to avoid at every step of the way.

I also enjoyed most of the par fours where a diverse mix of mature oak trees, water hazards and of course more bunkers help defend the holes.

In my opinion, the weakest aspect of the course is the set of short holes. Not that they are poor but I simply didn’t connect with any of them. The third, seventh and 11th just didn’t grab my attention like the other holes did whilst the island green at the 17th is undeniably charming it’s slightly out of character with the rest of the course.

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4 / 6
Chart Hills
September 18, 2017


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I was given to the opportunity to play Chart Hills a few days ago. I have played the course many times before and have always considered it to be one of the best inland courses in Kent behind the London Golf Club. My overall feeling on this occasion is one of slight disappointment.Firstly the course was sitting very wet and we were playing from the red tees. I would say that about 70% of the bunkers were out of play. All of these issues could be understood considering the time of year but he main disappointment was the condition of the greens. All of the greens were covered in disease and a combination of this and very heavy footprints made for uneven, inconsistent and very bobbly surfaces.Overall I loved the layout and I always have. I think that this is not Chart Hills best moment and there is always a possibility that I was just unlucky and caught in on a bad day. I would like to come back during the spring to see if any improvements have been made.
3 / 6
Chart Hills
January 28, 2016


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I have been coming to Chart Hills on and off for around 20 years and right now it is not in the best shape. I have to agree with the recent review; conditioning and presentation is as poor as I have seen – just a real lack of attention all around the course. I gave the course a well-deserved 5-ball rating back in 2006 but not now. I hope that this is just a blip but I think that looking after a course with 130+ bunkers looks to be a little too much right now – so many of these bunkers have in-consistent sand of different colours which is not what this course deserves and many fairways are looking tired and greens are also not in the best shape either. Yes, there are still the memorable holes all around but in the current condition this is nowhere near an English Top 50 course at present.
3 / 6
Chart Hills
August 05, 2014


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I have played Chart Hills many times over the years and really like the layout. When it first opened it was the premier inland course in Kent with excellent conditioning and the facilities were second to none. Unfortunately the conditioning has drastically fallen away with many bunkers out of play and many different grasses growing on both greens and fairways. Chart Hills has many great holes but needs investment to restore it back to its best.
3 / 6
Chart Hills
August 02, 2014


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We played Chart Hills after the secretary at Princes wrote to us telling us our months booked tee time could no longer be honoured as they had made a mistake. No such discourtesy at Chart Hills. The staff were accommodating and helpful, giving us a warm welcome. We were on a trip down to play at Deal and St Georges and this course was pretty much shoe-horned in at the last minute but it proved a very pleasant opener and good test. The course was well laid out and in great condition. 6 weeks later I can still remember a good half dozen plus holes, from the big dogleg 1st to the pretty 17th and tight approach to 18. It was in great condition and very playable. Not the most intimidating of courses - it's pretty open and if you are half on your game you should be looking for 30 points - but testing nonetheless. It's the kind of course that if you played regularly you sense you could score quite well. So fun, fair, good condition and good value. Couldn't ask for much more. Thanks Princes for giving us the opportunity to play it.......
4 / 6
Chart Hills
June 21, 2013


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Played Chart hills yesterday. There are no bad points or amazing points about Chart hills. To the course. Even off the back tees its no monster due to the run you get off the tee with driver. Sometimes maybe 100 yards. But you dont need to take driver every hole and you have to think about your tee shot every hole, which for a new course is good design. Bunkers (and there are lots of them, and lots which i visited) are well positioned but of good quality. There were quite a few in GUR status and quite a bit of aesthetic work being done on the course, but this didnt detract from the day. Greens were superb. Up there with Open championship courses ive payed this year for trueness if not speed. Water is everywhere but only in play on a few holes. 17 is similar to sawgrass 17th, but is very short so only nerves could make you hit it in the drink. Off the course the welcome is great and very helpful. Club shop is small but adequate. half way house is good and is needed after the walk up the 9th. Spike bar is clean and friendly. Visitors locker room is superb. Practise facilitites are great also.Overall chart hills is definitely worth a visit and i will for one will be back there soon.
5 / 6
Chart Hills
September 17, 2012


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This course wasn't quite as good as i had expected although still a fun day out. The greens had recently had work done so they were, understandingly, not great. I have also played the London Club and Chart Hills just seemed to be slightly worse in almost every way (apart from the price of green fees). There are plenty of bunkers and water hazards- they are well kept but, again, when compared with the quality of the sand and size of the lakes at the London club it was slightly worse. In addition to this, the course was packed which ensured a really slow round. I think this course is well worth a visit and perhaps i experienced it on a bad day- i think that The London Club is a better course in all areas, although, as a junior, the green fees are £35 compared with The London Club which doesn't have junior green fees so, on a normal day, would cost about £100- this is a huge draw for this course and will ensure that i will visit Chart Hills much more frequently than The London Club
4 / 6
Chart Hills
April 10, 2012


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Maarten
April 10, 2012
So you rate a golfcourse by the size of their waterhazards? You should go play some links golf then! Royal Cinque Ports only costs 30 pounds for juniors;)
Played here at the weekend one of the windiest days of the year, lots of variety, lots of fun, you won't be reaching for your driver on every hole, you need to plan you way around. Great greens, big and fast with lots of contours. Good facilities, I'd definitely play it again
5 / 6
Chart Hills
May 25, 2011


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I recently played this course and I was impressed. The course was in excellent condition, nice fairways and true greens that were a pleasure to putt on. I would recomend to play this off the blue's and not the yellow's, it was a stern test off the blue's in a strong wind, I would imagine its often windy around this course as it is exposed. There's a lot more to this course than just bunkers, some super holes and for me only three weaker holes which are all par 3's, but not the 17th which is a cracker, short hole played to an island green. To me its very similiar to its sister course The Oxfordshire, but better!! Highly recommended.
5 / 6
Chart Hills
November 14, 2010


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