London Club (International) - Kent - England

London Golf Club,
Stansted Lane,
Ash,
Nr Brands Hatch,
Kent,
TN15 7EH,
England


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  • Austen Gravestock

  • Ron Kirby (Nicklaus Design)

  • Paul Stuart


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The International course at the London Club is a high-class accompaniment to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Heritage course. The International is the layout that you can play here at the London Club and it’s well worth making the effort.

Designed by Ron Kirby under the Nicklaus Design banner, the International opened for play in 1993 and it represents a tough links-like challenge. The gently rolling Kent countryside provides sufficient elevation changes to make things interesting, and from the tips, which measure a little more than 7,000 yards, it’s a really tough challenge for all except the very best golfers.

A valley separates the outward nine from the inward half, giving the International a distinctly different feel and also some spectacular views. Four lakes make watery graves for numerous golf balls and they come into play on five holes. There are also plenty of sand traps in various shapes and sizes, from small pot bunkers to enormous expanses of sand.

“The best par 5 hole I have ever created” is how Ron Kirby describes the 532-yard 4th, which features a fairway that is split in half by a huge bunker, providing a risk and reward option for the bigger hitters. You can choose to play the hole the long way round the lake or you can try the shorter but riskier direct route across the huge lake. Are you up for the challenge?

The International course has hosted both Regional Open Qualifying and the European Tour Qualifying School. However, the biggest event to grace the International’s fairways was the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship, which resulted in Finland’s Mikko Ilonen sealing the biggest win of his career.

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Description: The International course at the London Golf Club is a high-class accompaniment to the Jack Nicklaus designed Heritage course. Rating: 3.9 out of 6 Reviews: 13

The London Golf Club can boast two courses that have both hosted European Tour events.

Each track is clearly cut from the same US-style piece of cloth and it is easy to see why the European Tour – who has a regional office on site – would find either venue suitable for top level professional golf.

The International is actually laid out over pure downland, plays a little firmer and is more exposed to the wind. It is, however, a touch more scoreable because it’s a bit shorter, more generous from the tee and the green complexes are not quite as punishing should you miss them.

Both courses are par 72 but the International – designed by Ron Kirby under the Jack Nicklaus label – has a more of a fun feel to it and I think this is largely because it has five short holes and five par threes, compared to four of each on the Heritage, and this just mixes it all up a bit more.

The most memorable holes on the International are the four that must cross water head-on. A very lake, which eats into the green, worryingly greets you when cresting the hill on the long opening hole. The key to the 13th- another par-five – is choosing which of the two routes to take to the green. Meanwhile, the eighth and 12th – both downhill short holes – are also fronted by water with little or no bail-out area.

Sadly, but as you would expect there are several long walks from green-to-tee and both courses are a tough walk. A buggy would be advised but these must (and do thanks to gps technology) stay on the cart paths.

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4 / 6
London Club (International)
September 05, 2017


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The International is regarded by most as second best to the Heritage layout but in all honesty there isn't too much to choose between them. The front nine has a handful of quality holes, the par five 1st with its attractively situated green beyond water gets things off to a great start and the demanding par three 8th, where you need a solid strike of 180London Club (International) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer yards over water, is another cracker. The course really shifts up a gear from the par five 11th. With bunkers and trees to contend with from the tee, the hole meanders downhill to a semi blind green nestled behind a bank. The 12th and 13th are two absolute beauties with the par three 12th playing downhill to another picturesque green situated over a pond. Water is very much in play again on the risk and reward par five 13th which in my opinion is the best hole on the course. A good drive might offer the opportunity to attack the green in two but only if you are long enough to make the big carry over the water hazard with your second. In reality, for the vast majority of us, playing right of the water to leave a short pitch to a large green is the more sensible option. From the 14th onwards the biggest challenge is to avoid the strategically placed and ever present bunkers, which as I found is not easy to achieve. A high class venue and a very enjoyable day's golf. Brian W
4 / 6
London Club (International)
October 09, 2015


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I played here after 2 days on torrential rain and despite other courses in the area closing, The London Club was open and The International was actually in good nick. The greens didn't have a puddle on them which was amazing - so the course drains VERY well.Overall it's a good course with some obvious standout holes over water but quite a few of the par 4s felt the same and weren't that difficult (off the yellows). The course was in great condition.Overall a good course worth playing if you get the chance as it's very expensive.
4 / 6
London Club (International)
October 22, 2012


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This is a great venue for a corporate day as the clubhouse is very luxurious, the food excellent and the customer service is of the highest standard. As for the course, well are group really enjoyed it, the course was in great shape for January and the greens were quite superb. Some obvious stand out holes playing over or around water these include two par 3's, the 8th and 12th which are stunning. Its a modern track and is similar to The Oxfordshire, perhaps not as exposed. Would recommend a day here, you won't be disappointed if you like modern courses with big bunkers and lots of water.
4 / 6
London Club (International)
January 27, 2012


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Pretty much echo the comments in review below. There are some good holes and its worked into the landscape with good skill. Feels very "nouveau" in most aspects - but its a pleasant day out and the setting is ideal for the coporate day. Its short off the yellows though so pretty easy length wise - athough the greens were good. Par 5's all very reachable - and stand out hole was the 13th.
4 / 6
London Club (International)
June 02, 2011


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I played in a corporate day today on this course. It was in immaculate condition. The fairways, the tees and the greens were perfection.I do not like new courses and I can't really put this into any category of good course for me. However the facilities, the welcome, the service and the condition has to be given full credit.In terms of US style courses this is right up there. There are some fun holes and the design has been carefully crafted to give everyone an interesting round.Not my cup of tea, but if this type of course is then I think you will really appreciate the effort the London Club team put into making this as special as it can be.
4 / 6
London Club (International)
September 09, 2010


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No where near as good as it thinks it is. 6.5 hours for a round on a Saturday is just stupid. Letting off a corporate group of 65 hackers before us spoilt the round somewhat. Even without that I still would not have been impressed, the design is not that inspiring and the condition not even close to what the green fee suggests it should be. Glad I tried it but don't think I'd ever go back.
3 / 6
London Club (International)
March 17, 2009


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The clubhouse and facilities are 5 star and the course condition was very nice, but for me The International was largely forgettable, aside from the two par 3s over the lakes. I think the ranking flatters the course.
3 / 6
London Club (International)
October 18, 2008


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The International is a good open course in very good condition. You would expect that for the £110 green fee! Not sure its should be as high as it is on the list though. There is little maturity which marks it down for me, it just doesn't feel like its been there for 100 years like the best courses do. There are also too many shortish par 4's. Thats said the par 5's and 3's are great and the use of the lakes on the course as hazards is well done. (often attractive lakes are out of play on courses for some reason?? They should be in front of the green!) Yes the club house and service is lovely and they look after you like royalty but personally I go for the course and dont really care about the rest of it. It would be a perfect choice for a posh corporate days golf. In short - if someone else is paying, or you are minted give it a go. otherwise there are probably better alternatives to the International.
4 / 6
London Club (International)
May 22, 2008


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It's all about opinions and you can put me down as a fan of the International which I think is every bit as good as the Heritage. Granted there are a few par fours that are a little samey, but overall I think the International flows better and was in fabulous condition on each occasion I have played here. Wonderful clubhouse and top service make the London Club one of the better contemporary clubs around the London area.
5 / 6
London Club (International)
October 21, 2006


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