Nizels - Kent - England

Nizels Golf & Country Club,
Nizels Lane,
TN11 8NU,

  • + 44 (0) 1732 833833

  • Nicky Linton-Briggs

  • Lennan/Purnell

  • Mark Janes

Located halfway between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, just off the A21 main road, Nizels Golf & Country Club is one of more than a dozen country clubs owned and operated by The Club Company, combining a traditional golf offering with health and fitness facilities for all the family.

The course was fashioned back in the heady days of the golf boom in the early 1990s, when quite a few layouts like this sprung up all over the country.

Extending to just over 6,350 yards from the back markers and playing to a par of 72, the course is configured as two returning nines, with five par threes and five par fives on the card.

Highlight holes include the par four 7th and par three 8th (where the two greens sit behind adjacent lakes), the right doglegging par four 13th (which plays to a green on the other side of the water from the 8th), and the last of the par threes at the very tightly tree-lined 16th.

In 2021, Jonathan Gaunt was appointed to work at the club on a drainage and bunker renovation project.

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Description: Located between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, the classic parkland course at Nizels Golf & Country Club is set within a 14th century estate that was developed for golf in the early 1990s. Rating: 2.7 out of 10 Reviews: 3
Robert Butlin

It is difficult to view Nizels as a golf course without mentioning that, on 3 January 2022, every hole was somewhere between damp, slippery or just downright and horribly muddy. And by muddy I don't just mean that there were muddy patches on an otherwise decent fairway, or perhaps muddier sections off the fairways. It was all muddy: fairways, aprons, the areas between tee boxes and fairways and getting from the paths to the tee boxes. The predominant result from a well hit shot was a plugged ball. In addition many, though not all of the bunkers were ground under repair.

I think there are some decent holes, but it was difficult to be sure as the quagmire at ground level rather distracted from the prettiness, or otherwise of the offering. The one positive was the greens which, although very soft and slow were certainly true, though one wonders how long that will last given the number of pitch marks we both repaired.

As an aside golf is a game with many unwritten rules - which I would reduce to four - replace your divots, repair your pitch marks, let players through if there's space in front and be properly shod. While I will never own a golf course, in a fantasy world my course would have a camera and a loudspeaker at each green - the former to check whether players had repaired pitch marks; the latter to shout at them when they left without having done so.

I do hope the drainage and bunker repairs mentioned in the introduction do come through - right now I really can't recommend playing. It was certainly not worth the £40 paid. To be honest I was also surprised that a 1990s course did not have a paved cart track - if such a thing existed there would at least have been a route which was designed to be heavily used and there may have been a bit less pressure on the course.

January 03, 2022
3 / 10
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Recently played Nizels and the condition of the course is truly shocking. In fact parts of it don’t even look like a golf course anymore. Was a hidden gem a few years as go now it’s a very poor public field. Set out is great condition is very poor and not sure they have any green keepers working anymore.

July 11, 2020
1 / 10
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Phil Ree

I'm unsure how exactly to rate Nizels so hopefully rambling here will point me in the right direction. It's quite a short course, no par 4s are over 400 yards from the yellows and most of the par 5s are downhill. There are a few hills but nothing too substantial.

I just think it lacks character, you can tell it's a fairly new course and I'd split it as roughly one-third of the holes being fun, one-third are okay but nothing special, then one-third are rather boring. The obvious highlights are the holes around the ponds, these do make it stand out from your usual mediocre parkland layout but don't justify the green fee.

Otherwise not much was memorable, maybe more bunkers would help frame holes and so they'd appear more dramatic, or perhaps it's all the short two-shotters. A lot of par 4s were a simple mid iron then wedge. The greens are so-so, a couple of interesting ones but medium-fast pace and very, very soft for July. Many tees were shabby and on side-slopes, a pet peeve of mine.

I've talked myself down to 3 balls here. It's a fairly run of the mill parkland track with average maintenance plus a few cool water holes. If it was cheaper I would give 3.5, instead I'll say play it if you're local but go for the twilight rate.

July 15, 2019
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