Kent is a county blessed with World Class links golf courses, but if you’re ever travelling down to these, stop off at the ‘Best inland course in Kent’, because you won’t be disappointed by this unique track.
Knole Park is a course unlike any I’ve played before. It manages to combine Parkland, Moorland and Heathland golf and use the natural rolling topography of the National Trust site it resides in to shape a course full of character and surprise. Added to that, Knole Park is home to hundreds of deer, who happily walk the fairways and watch you play.
The first 5 holes are parkland with vast elevation changes. The 3rd is a cracking Par 4 played into a valley and back up a hill to a raised green and the 4th is a lovely driving hole back over the valley of the 3rd.
From the 6th the land flattens and opens out where the Moorland holes begin, played around the grounds of the 15th century Knole House. The view from the downhill Par 3 8th is one of the best on the course affording you a view of 3 separate greens in the distance. In fact with the elevation and the open nature of the course, almost every hole has views across the holes to come.
Having said that, with that openness and plenty of valleys, when the wind is up, the course turns from a plotters course to an almost links-like experience.
Other great holes are the Par 3 12th, playing over 200 yards and fiercely protected by a set of bunkers guarding the raised green, the sweeping dogleg right 14th with a sunken green and the Par 5 17th with a WW2 crater awaiting stray drives.
The finishing hole is a cracker with a blind tee shot and a downhill approach into the final green.
Throughout the course the greensites are superb. The greens roll fast and true and the undulations on the greens and in the swells surrounding the greens are top class.
This is a course the offers a lot of fun and an awful lot of character. Just when you think you have come to expect one type of golf, it throws up another and it’s certainly a course that I would have ranked higher than it’s current position. It’s a real gem.
So as I say, when travelling down to the coast to play RSG or RCP, take a little stop at Knole Park for a warm up.
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Date: September 28, 2020