West Malling (Spitfire) - Kent - England

West Malling Golf Club,
Trottiscliffe Road,
Addington,
Nr. Maidstone,
Kent,
ME19 5AR,
Kent


  • + 44 (0) 1732 844785

  • Greg Still

  • Max Faulkner

  • Duncan Lambert

The Spitfire layout at West Malling Golf Club is longer and more undulating than the Hurricane. Both 18-hole courses were designed by Max Faulkner in the 1970s and named in honour of the emblematic World War Two fighter planes that flew from the nearby airfield.

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Description: The Spitfire layout at West Malling Golf Club is longer and more undulating than the Hurricane. Both 18-hole courses were designed by Max Faulkner in the 1970s and named in honour of the emblematic World War Two fighter planes that flew from the nearby airfield. Rating: 3 out of 10 Reviews: 1
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Phil Ree

West Malling has two short 18s when I think one long course would have been better. The 'Spitfire' is 5200 yards from the yellow tees and has far more bad holes than good, in my opinion.

7 and 16 are identical short par 3s, the 6th has railway sleepers behind the green to bounce back anything hit long. The 14th is a short par 4 with the second shot up a stupidly steep slope – I can hit a wedge up there but others can’t. The worst for me though was #17 where the fairway slopes steeply right to left and kicks everything behind a tree; you can’t try and go long-right of the tree as there are bunkers. I’m still not sure what the best play is – try and put it in a bunker from the tee?

There are also a lot of unnecessarily long walks between holes. There are some positives – the fifth is a fun par 4 over a pond, 18 is a nice finish with water, it was in decent condition, it has a large pro shop… I just felt underwhelmed, partly because it’s on this website! Therefore it falls into the ‘only play if discounted’ category for me.

July 18, 2019
3 / 10
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July 18, 2019

A Max Faulkner golf course gets its first review this week of all weeks!