London Club (International) - Kent - England

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

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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: 6.1 out of 10 Reviews: 21
Played the International a couple of times on corporate invites and I have to say I really enjoyed it, although I must confess that I looked lovingly at the Heritage course wishiing I was playing on that instead. Nevertheless this is a cracking layout which tests the best golfers. From the tee of the day it's managable and it's no doubt worth playing if you get the chance.
June 26, 2006
6 / 10
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