The course at Westerham Golf Club was designed by David Williams and opened for play in 1997. It was constructed with USGA standard greens and fully irrigated fairways that allow play to continue all year round.
Westerham feels like it’s on the very upper end of cheap and cheerful. The greens are well manicured, the facilities are good, the clubhouse has excellent views and there is value to be found. They could get away with charging more, I thought it was in better condition than The Addington which is owned by the same group.
The course itself is fairly dramatic, there are lots of hills, grand old trees plus ponds in front of 9 and 18 by the clubhouse. There is a nice mixture of trees to visit, the back part of the property is more coniferous so it feels mature and a little heath-like, obviously without the hard bounces and heather. The par 3 13th particularly looks like it’s been there far longer than 25 years.
It’s certainly a pleasant place to stay for a few hours but I didn’t find it a fun or inspiring course to play. I’d honestly rather play 18 holes with water than with trees and Westerham can be a slog if you are slightly offline. I have played harder courses but this layout doesn’t give you many options and it gets a bit repetitive, even if your punch-out game is top notch.
Overall then I’d recommend it if you are local but one visit might be enough for you. It was for me.