Sevenoaks in Kent provides the setting for one of the counties most scenic courses, Knole Park. The course was designed in 1924 and was cleverly sculpted into the heavily undulating landscape. The old clubhouse looks out over the 1st and 18th and in the summer is an idyllic spot just to sit and have a drink. But that would be to miss out on a unique and interesting challenge.
You won’t fail to notice the deer that wander this huge expanse of land unperturbed by golfers or golf balls. The opening hole is a tough up hill par 3 to a sloping green guarded by bunkers to the left and a huge drop to the right. Reach for a three iron and impress everyone watching from the clubhouse – either that or slice one into an abyss of bracken and long clumpy grass.
Changes in elevation come thick and fast at Knole park and its easy to miss judge approach shots and find yourself pathetically short or comically long. But get your short game in tune with the fast, true greens and a good score really is on the cards. The 11th hole is a par 4 that offers two options off the tee. Play safe to the left with a three wood or blast your way through a narrow gap in the trees to the right and leave yourself a short iron in to the green.
Best Hole: It might not be the toughest hole on the course but you”l love the challenge of 15. A long par 5 with trees to the right and a difficult approach shot to a green set high up.