A country house and a deer park – Knole Park Golf Club certainly is a unique place to play golf.
Set amongst 1000 acres of outstanding, natural parkland, the Knole Park golf course meanders magically through Knole Park, near Sevenoaks in Kent, with stunning vistas providing a magnificent backdrop to your round.
The course is kept in superb condition all-year-round and attracts visitors from far afield, not only for the excellent golf that’s on offer, but also to visit the magnificent Knole House and the abundance of deer that live on the grounds.
It’s on National Trust land adjacent to Knole Park itself – a 15th-century country house and deer park. You will certainly encounter some deer on your way round the course and that only adds to the vibe.
All you need to know about Knole Park Golf Club
On the 1st November 1924, Lord Sackville of Knole Park drove from the first tee of the newly completed J.F. Abercromby course. He did so as landlord of the estate and member of the newly formed Knole Park Golf Club.
One of the caddies that day was a slim lad in short trousers, aged 14. His name was Sam King, a name that would be engraved on many trophies, appear in the Ryder Cup competition and be called in the Knole Park clubhouse until the dawn of the new Century.
During the war years some competitions were held, but it took great ingenuity to keep the club alive. One major obstacle was placement of obstructions on all of the fairways to prevent the landing of enemy gliders.
Many years were needed to reconstruct the club. Finally in the 1960s the perennial issue of the enlargement of the clubhouse was solved, the course was lengthened to create a Par 70 and the Beatles strode across the fairways whilst filming Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane.
The years to the present day have seen further extensions to the clubhouse and the building of squash courts. The introduction of a sprinkler system for the course was a further major undertaking.
What makes Knole Park Golf Club special?
He was a bold architect, who made dramatic use of undulating golfing ground. If architecture interests you, 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.
He very modestly said of his work at Knole Park; “We have endeavoured to lay out an interesting 18 holes, some quite remarkably so and we think we have succeeded.”
Knole Park Golf Club is entertaining and engaging from start to finish. Its six short holes ensure you are always kept on your toes. The unusual topography, plus the bouncy, quick-draining turf, ensure you need to think carefully about your clubbing and shot selection.
Where is it?
Knole Park is less than a mile from Sevenoaks in Kent, and just off the M25 to the south of London.
Get in touch
For more information about the club and course, visit Knole Park’s website or call them on 01732 452150.
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