|Laid out on cliff tops above the English Channel, the original 9-hole course at North Foreland Golf Club was doubled in size when Herbert Fowler and Tom Simpson redesigned it in 1912.|
Played in March with a £30 twilight deal, good value. On arrival there’s a very impressive clubhouse, large pro shop and nice halfway house if you want a quick meal. There are 2 putting greens, nets, plus a practice area.
The course starts inland amid rolling parkland and eases you in with a couple of short par 4s. After a few holes you get your first sea view, after that it’ll be visible most of the time. The signature hole is rightly the par 3 5th next to the Channel and old fort, whilst #7 is another short hole towards the water. After that though, pretty much every hole’s a test of length.
I like the course and it’s worth visiting if in the area, but every par 4 after that felt open and long. Every one is a driver hole. It became a bit of a slog, I’m not a short hitter but I had a lot of mid-long iron approaches. I guess I’d like a bit more variety and decision making. The condition though was good for mid-March, I enjoyed the pot bunkers (really!) and you have some gorse which makes it feel like a parkland, links and heathland hybrid.
Therefore I recommend the course but if you’re travelling a distance to play it, I’d combine it with another 18 elsewhere (Sandwich is just over 30 minutes away).
Enjoyable round, quite exposed but fairways reasonably wide so not too penalising. Some good long par fours with an excellent finish. Friendly atmosphere and a well stocked pro's shop. The only slight downside was that the greens were somewhat patchy, although true, but perhaps the time of year. Great location on top of the cliffs overlooking the Channel and both nines played differently, the front nine clearly designed to soften you up for the more exposed back nine. All in all a decent course and not expensive for visitors.
To reinforce the other review, this is a nice friendly place to play golf but if funds allow this course doesn't stand up to the star courses nearby.
We had a very slow round, and there were few truly stand out holes.