June 1, 2009

Leeds Castle Golf Course

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On the weekend I played another local(ish) 9-hole golf course, the Leeds Castle Golf Course. As its name suggests it is on the grounds of Leeds castle in Kent. I had hoped that after the round we would be able to walk around the castle grounds, but unfortunately the course is in a physically separate section of the grounds so that wasn’t possible. There are two separate entrances, one for the castle and one for golf. In any case with the scenery of a renovated moated medieval castle visible from most holes, I can say this is easily the prettiest golf course I’ve played. It is a good thing it has good views, because I played the worst golf of my life on this course. I lost about 8 balls. I’m not sure if it was just a bad day or the course layout. However, there are a good collection of water hazards and bunkers. Also, the rough is really rough – shin high grass that easily hides a wayward ball.

It is a par 33, 2681 yard, 9 hole course. Three par 3s and the rest par 4. It cost £19.50 for a weekend round plus hiring a decent set of clubs. Less on weekdays. The website states that booking is essential on weekends, but phoning a few days in advance I got the tee time of my choice and the course didn’t seem too packed. There are few facilities other than a pro shop, but there is a nice pub right outside the entrance. I’d play again, but maybe after a few lessons.


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