Littlestone Championship Links

Littlestone Championship Links

Course Information

Founded in 1888 this championship links on the English Channel is one of the top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland and featured at 97 in our Top 100 GB&I Links courses.

A Final Qualifying Course for The Open in 2011, Littlestone is laid out on the natural undulating land between the famous Romney Marsh and the English Channel in the South East corner of Kent.

The coastline enjoys a unique micro-climate which makes it one of the driest places in Britain. This helps its status as a course which is routinely presented in superb condition throughout the year with temporary tees and greens unheard of.

Littlestone offers the classic links challenge of tight lies, pot bunkers and slick greens. It does not possess enormous sand dunes to route fairways through, but it has gorgeous rippling fairways which are a delight to witness on a summer’s evening.

A few images on Littlestone’s website gives one an ideal picture of what to expect if you visit this first-class course; the 16th and 14th in particular are holes of real quality.

Visitors and Societies are most welcome throughout the week and at weekends and on Bank Holidays, subject to available tee times.

Indeed the 16th is the is the start of a wonderful finish and the ruin of many a round. Look towards the water tower and you will see the green. You have to be beyond the right-hand driving bunker to have a chance of getting up in two.

The shorter hitter needs to get their second up to the left giving a clear view of the green for the third. A par here is always a thrill; this is arguably the toughest hole on the course.

The next is a 182-yard par 3 of rare quality. Depending on the wind it can be a any club in the bag from a driver or a 9-iron. Finding the green is far from easy.

The closing hole is a 499-yard par 5 which only strong players who hit the fairway off the tee will be able to take on in two.

Otherwise, keep to the left, so you do not have to come into the green over the right-hand bunker for your third. A 4-3-5 finish is something to be proud of.

Trolleys are allowed throughout the year and the course only closes in the rare event of snow. A recent report by the R&A’s Agronomist stated that their greens are “magnificent and some of the best examples of firm, true and well paced putting greens in the UK”.

Littlestone has hosted many championships and has a long and distinguished history and remains a traditional two-ball club although they do welcome fourball play by visitors on Wednesdays.

Visitors and Societies are most welcome throughout the week and at weekends and on Bank Holidays, subject to available tee times.

All visitors are Members for the day and as such can play from the medal tees, enjoy the exceptional practice facilities and the relaxed, friendly ambience of the clubhouse too.

Contact Information

01797 363355

St Andrews Road , Littlestone , New Romney , Kent , TN28 8RB