Founded back in 1888, Littlestone is a championship links on the English Channel. Often a Final Qualifying course for the Open, Littlestone is laid out on naturally undulating linksland 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.
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.
The demanding 16th, a long par 4 that doglegs from right to left, 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 any club in the bag from a driver to a 9-iron. Finding the green is far from easy.
The closing hole is a 499-yard par 5. Find the fairway and there could be a chance of finding the green in two and closing with a spectacular eagle. Otherwise, keep to the left, so you do not have to come into the green over the right-hand bunker for your third. This 4-3-5 finish is certainly something for Littlestone to be proud of.