Knole Park is ranked as the best inland course in Kent which is an accolade they deserve. The routing makes great use of the topography which gives Knole Park an unusual variety of holes which will hold the players attention. The turf is really good to play from…ideal for golf and the drainage is excellent which makes the course playable all year round. The layout consists of 6 par 3 holes all different playing uphill, downhill and across ridges ranging from 165 yards to 200 yards. The 8 par 4 holes play in all directions and range from the drivable 13th to the 447 yard 14th. Knole Parks par 5 holes are where you need to make your score all are relatively short but finding the fairway is key to being able to reach the green in two. The green complexes are pretty good and have plenty of movement, they can get very fast in the summer so much so that it is not unusual to putt off them! As mentioned Knole Park holds the players attention throughout and my pick of the holes are the 4th a mid length par 4 teeing off from and elevated tee into the valley below before a mid iron approach to green with a tier about a third of the way up the green. Hole 8 is cool par three downhill with a pond on the left which is not really in play. The green is relatively small and has bunkers guarding the front portion and a run off left. The 11th is a fun sharp dogleg par 4 to a green set in amongst the trees. Hole 13 is a short drivable par 4 which challenges the player to carry the pond or layup to leave a wedge shot to the green. Kent is more widely known for its links courses but if you’re travelling through I would suggest stopping off at Knole Park for a game…you will not be disappointed!
Date: April 25, 2020