England's most south-eastern county offers no fewer than three Open Championship venues as well as some high-quality inland options: check out our ranking of the best golf courses in Kent
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A fascinating Open links, whose fairways often dissolve into rough hillocks while severely sloped gullies tend to gather imprecise approaches.
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Royal Cinque Ports has the raw materials to host The Open soon again, with stunning views of the channel and a recently extended testing links set up.
Much work has been done in recent years to restore the look, feel and definition of a high-quality array of genuine links holes. Make sure you visit, or re-visit, Prince’s soon.
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Littlestone is a raw-boned, fast-running championship links that frequently calls for approach shots to be chased on to the close-cropped greens.
Just admire the way Abercromby uses the slopes and hills to make interesting holes rather than allowing them to detract from the overall standard of the course.
James Braid’s Sevenoaks parkland is surely one of the best-presented parklands in the country and its sweeping fairways are lined by mature and attractive trees.
The Heritage is a mixture of parkland, heathland and downland, with six holes which play around water, otherwise a premium is set on avoiding the numerous bunkers.
Faldo has used more than 130 bunkers as well as some well-placed water hazards to create a fantastic challenge that plays nearly as well in winter as it does in summer.
Offering a view of the sea from every tee and every green, North Foreland is a free running chalk-based course, and possibly Kent's premier all-year-round track.
The International, by no means the lesser of the two courses at the London Club, is pure downland. Water features heavily, as you might expect of a Jack Nicklaus design.
Set in glorious English countryside of attractive parkland and woods, this course is every bit as challenging as Harry Colt intended, and is one of the best in the area.