Chart Hills - Kent - England

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


  • +44 (0)1580 292222

  • Golf Club Website

  • 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

  • Anthony Tarchetti

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.

At the end of 2019, Chart Hills became part of the Ramac Group, which is controlled by the McGuirk family who also own Prince’s in Sandwich. A large rebuild operation took up most of 2020 as new drainage was installed across the course and fairways sand capped with 32,000 tonnes of sand spread in a four inch layer throughout. The old bentgrass fairways are now composed of hard-wearing ryegrass and a course reopening date of March 2022 was brought forward a year because of progress made during the covid crisis.

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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: 6.8 out of 10 Reviews: 31
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David Jones
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.......
June 20, 2013
6 / 10
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Matthew Cousen
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.
September 16, 2012
8 / 10
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Harry Cloke
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
April 09, 2012
6 / 10
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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;)
Malcolm Searle
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
May 24, 2011
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
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.
November 14, 2010
8 / 10
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Simon Bale
I have been fortunate enough to play a number of parkland American-style courses this summer, including The London Club, The Grove, Brocket Hall and Bearwood Lakes and yesterday I played Chart Hills for the first time. This was by far my favourite as the whole experience felt more personal than corporate, and the course seemed to have more character. On arrival the staff were extremely warm and friendly and the club house was very well presented. It somehow managed to give a traditional members club feel despite being a modern design. We played off the blue tees but with a strong wind and no run on the ball this was a stern enough test off a 5 handicap. The condition of the course was very good and despite having 180 bunkers the maintenance of the bunkers, greens and tees was impeccable. The architecture of the holes makes the course hard but fair, good shots were certainly rewarded and bad shots nearly always punished. With so many bunkers, any misplaced approach shots invariably ended up in the sand. The bonus was that the bunkers weren’t over or under sanded, so as long as you hit a good shot you got a good result. The holes were very varied and required a number of different shot types. Most offered reasonable chances to putt for a birdie if played well. The most memorable for me was the 14th - the 380 yd par 4 offers a classic risk reward, with a carry of around 240 yards to fly the water leaving a clear path to the green, or lay up to 220 to leave a difficult uphill approach shot over an array of bunkers. A thinking man’s hole! I don’t think I would tire of playing Chart Hills, and I don’t think I would ever run out of new bunkers to find myself in! A truly memorable experience and highly recommended. Worth noting that Leaderboard golf offers a package to stay at the nearby Dale Hill and play both courses which is a treat well worth considering if coming from far afield.
September 15, 2010
8 / 10
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wesley
Played several times this year at Chart Hills... Blues mainly with a couple off the Oak's. Rough is deep & thick; if your ball bounces in you had better have a good idea where it went otherwise it is lost. Simple. Fairways are contoured and they are lush; i have played many "top courses" and they are up there with the best - for their fairways alone. Semi rough is well defined running off the fairway and too the main rough. Bunkers are a feature on this course and if you play strategically then they wont come into play too often. If you play off the back tees then you Will go into a few more! I come off every hole and say "what a great hole that was" and for me there are 3 or 4 "great" holes on each 9 - 2, 4, 8 & 9 then 10, 12, 13, 17. All the others are very good too! This is a course that requires you to plot your way around - no doubt. Play it off the back tees then you need to not only be able to hit a long ball but be accurate too. The greens are immaculate, true and fast, they may be big but you want to attack those pins to have any chance of keeping those 3 putts off the card! Re: comments immediately below; i too play off 10 and have had some good rounds here and some bad ones too.(shockers) surely that is the point of playing a golf course; you don't want to be beat up every time? If like me you are a good 10 hc then play off the back tee's (oak's)? I have played links golf (RSG, RCP etc) and courses like this (Serapong at Sentosa - Singapore ) - this course is deservedly up there with them. In my humble opinion)
July 19, 2010
10 / 10
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Paul Hancock
Whether you like Chart Hills GC pretty much entirely depends whether or not you like American style country club courses. I personally am not a fan, so this will have influenced my rating I'm afraid. I just found the whole place soulless - and I agree with a previous reviewer that it feels like an average piece of land turned into quite a good golf course, rather than a classic design in a great setting. There are no bad holes, but there are very few really memorable ones either. However, my main problem with Chart Hills is that the course is too easy. Huge wide open fairways, non-existent rough and massive greens mean it's very difficult not to score well. Sure there are ridiculously huge nests of bunkers which look like a terrifying prospect on the course map - but you'd have to be very wild off the tee to find any of them, and the impression I get is that they're just 'for show', or 'gimmicky' to quote another previous reviewer. (And although there's a bit of water, that doesn't often really come into play either, apart from on the par 3 17th obviously.) I played the course on a very still day, and as far as I can tell, when the wind isn't blowing the course doesn't really have any defences. I shot a +5 77 (5 shots UNDER my handicap of 10) off the blue tees, without the benefit of a stroke saver (as they were being reprinted at the time.) The only shots I dropped were from 3 putting, as the greens are massive, and very fast. No real strategy is required, as to quote the guy in the pro shop, with most of the holes it's 'what you see is what you get.' Maybe I was just having a good day, but I'm not so sure: I reckon as long as you can hit the ball reasonably straight, you'll have no trouble scoring well at Chart Hills. For me, the '37th best course in England' should represent rather more of a challenge than this. (It's nowhere near as interesting or as tricky as other 'new' courses like St.Mellion or Brocket Hall, which bizarrely are ranked lower than Chart Hills.) It seems to be geared up entirely for corporate golf and society days - and as such is a great venue for that kind of thing, as the welcome, facilities, practice areas, and the condition of the course are all second-to-none. But although good in lots of ways, for me it just lacks any charisma or interest. (No charisma? Who'd have thought that in a course from Nick Faldo....)
October 03, 2009
6 / 10
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Nick Lambert
November 05, 2009
Isn't every course straightforward if you hit the ball straight?! I'm a 7 handicapper and CH is a great strategic test of golf. Yes, it's not a US Open style set up but Augusta and St Andrews (Faldo's inspirations for CH) are wider set ups with very fast undulating greens and they seem to rank very highly! Also many holes are structured so drives to the 'safe' parts of the fairways are played from hanging lies. Very Faldo actually! Also "what you see is what you get" amongst golf cognoscenti translates as very fair i.e. it is not tricked up. I've taken many low handicappers as guests and all have loved CH. Perhaps our reviewer should play the course off the backs (7,150 yards) i.e. as the course is intended to play and see how easy it is then.
seveng
Un joli parcours auquel il manque encore un peu de maturité... Que de bunkers, pas tous utiles !!! En revanche, de belles infrastructures...
May 24, 2009
8 / 10
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Keith Baxter
May 27, 2009
English translation of above review: A lovely course that needs to mature a little. A lot of bunkers, not all useful. But beautiful infrastructures...
max king
Cracking golf course, great layout with no bad holes. Interesting greens, good condition and quick, dispite the fact the course had been heavily used over the previous few days. I would rate this over any other inland course in Kent and if only it was a little closer to where i live i'd joining in a flash! Good clubhouse and practice facilities on top of everything else.
September 28, 2008
8 / 10
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