Located halfway between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, just off the A2 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.
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.
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.