32 reviews of Austin Lodge Golf Club
Played here on 5th May as part of a society and, given the amount of rain that had fallen over the previous weeks, I was very pleasantly surprised by the condition of the course. Everything was good and the greens were in excellent condition considering the course ahs been open whilst the weather has made a mockery of the drought.
This is no complaint but it was a tough day for a high handicapper! It was wet, it was cold, it was blowy and the course was playing long owing to the conditions. We were playing into the wind up until the 8th when we started to get into the shelter of the valley.
But having shot just over 100 in conditions like that, I shall look forward to playing here again when I can get a bit of bounce of the fairways!
A real tester of a course with spectalcular elevated tee's offering great views of the hole's and the surrounding countryside. It's a stiff walk so those who struggle should make use of available buggies.
I will play there many times over the years.
This is good, challenging golf course.
I never get a buggy apart from when i play here, its long with some big elevation.
Fairways are fairly generous, which considering you will be 'going at it' with your driver on most holes this is a good thing.
Greens have always been in good nick.
Lots of variety on this course, and a few surprises thrown in along the way.
4 or 5 holes which would grace any course.
Clubhouse is excellent with good facilities.
My major issue here was how busy it was one saturday morning, walked off the course after 9 holes which had taken 4 HOURS. This is a joke and i havent been back since which is a shame.
If you get a chance to play midweek you wont regret it!
Played it on 01/05/09 and have to say I was very impressed. The condition of the course was outstanding and puts many private courses to shame. I have played most courses in the same area and this tops most of them, up there with the London club in terms of quality yet more interesting. The par 3 7th hole is a cracker, raised tee 220+ yards, does not play it's yardage as I hit a 5 iron into the middle of the green, but it looks the biz. It is a course that rewards good golf, the green are receptive and true and you can score well round there, I am a 6 handicap and scored 40 points, shot 2 over par 75 first time out so there are scores to be had. Superb value, I will certainly be returning and may even join. 9/10.
Played here 2 months ago in a monsoon and had to come off after 9 and they gave us a compimentry round because of it. Played it again 08/08/08 in good conditions and was very impessed. the greens were superb even though I repaired 3 or 4 pitch marks on each other than my own. The fairways were also immaculate.A lot of the holes had huge elivation changes ( 50-100 ft )so choice of club would become easier on subsiquant rounds. A buggy is a must.The only letdown on the course was the tees, some were very scabby compared to the rest of the course. But dont let this put you off. Fairway distace markers would have been welcome as we didnt always pace from the 150 posts being in a buggy but this is a minor moan. A very warm welcome in the clubhose. The nice lady let me sample the larger I hadnt heard of before I chose. Also the all day breakfast at £4 filled a small hole. Overall a pretty good day.
Excellent course (23/06/08)
must say the greens are the best ive played on for a long time and the rest of it is in well kept order
But be warned if your not the fitest person get a BUGGY :)
The staff are very nice and the club house is well presented
might even make this my new home track !!!!!
I played the course on the 8th June 2007. The course was immaculate from the fairways to the greens. The views were spectacular and there was a great mix of holes. I would play here every day if it was on my doorstep. If you can get a game here, jump at it. I have played all the best courses in Portugal and this is up with them if not better. Definately worth getting a buggy as it is quite hilly.
Having only played once or twice a year whilst being a student, i recently decided to get back into the swing of things (excuse the pun). Whilst looking for courses to play, my mate mentioned a course i had never heard of before; Austin Lodge. He had never played it but had heard good things.
Well, we have played there twice in the last 3 weeks and plan to play again next weekend. It's an expensive habit but enormously enjoyable. It seems to take forever to actually reach the course but once there, you are not disappointed. The front 9 is the tougher, but the back 9 is still challenging, whilst allowing you to find some rhythm. The first round I shot 103, but the very next round, with the aid of a stroke-saver and a rounds worth of course knowledge, I managed a more respectable 92.
As you will no doubt be aware, It is a long course! The first round we carried and the temperature was in the twenties (in april!) so it was tiring stuff, but not anthing to be worried about. We opted for the buggy the 2nd time round and found the course more enjoyable, as you could take in the views whilst in the comfort of being sat down!
In terms of the holes themselves, even the par 3's require the combination of distance and accuracy. If you stray off the tee, then you are often punished, so don't always reach for that driver without careful consideration.
The tees are of a reasonably high standard, a few seem to have been neglected somewhat, but the greens were well cared for and certainly above average.
My mate and I are looking forward to the coming weekend, and our tales have already enticed a few more to join us!
One word fantastic! This really was a great course and the best course for value for money that I have come across. It is a mans course and buggy hire is recommended. I walked it and it was tough but you can do it. It is a pay and play course and you can see that by the state of some fairways, though I played it in the summer when no water was seen for weeks. Some of the greens were a bit patchy too but it just didnt matter as the course provided so many challenges, with every hole being that slightly different. The bar was a pleasure to sit in before the round.
I played Austin lodge on the 3/06/06.
The course was in good condition, the weather was great which just makes the surroundings look that bit better.
The greens were fast and the walk was hard work but well worth it.
I would recommend a buggy is hired at all costs!!
There are a couple of really interesting holes, well worth every penny. I am playing again on the 17/06/06.
Played the course for the first time on Sat 19/11/05, although most fairways and greens were frozen for the first few holes the course soon thawed. Very impressed with the fairways and greens, just make sure you don't forget your woods and make sure you have some Shredded Wheat before because this course is long.
I will def be playing this course again over the coming months as it has to be one of the best in this area of Kent
what a course....... plenty of length but dont worry too much about the hills people keep mentioning....! you actually only go uphill 4 times.(so carrying is not a problem..) In fact you spend more time going downill, as can your golf game if you dont concentrate as the course throws every sort of challenge at you. good greens and fairways and a great winter course.you will definitly remember your time here.....
Have come to the conclusion that this course just needs a couple of more well-placed greenside bunkers to make it a a really great test. It has everything else going for it. Having said that, a lot of the greens will punish you for missing them anyway, with banks, run-off areas or rough that make it very difficult to get up and down.
Played Austin Lodge This Sat 15/04/05 With Father in Law whos a member must say it is the best pay and play course i have played fairways and grens were perfect even with the downpours of this week past 7th hole was superb not just that i was the only one of the four ball to hit the green Also enjoyed 13th par 4 360yd downhill where i hit the green and missed eagle putt by inches again must say best course in the local area with out a doubt will be back next week with mugshots for a membership 10/10
What can I say other then..... I love course.
It's a beautiful course set in the Eynsford valleys with it's woodlands and water features. Speaking of water features, it incorporates all of it's challenges very well.
I've never had to play a temporary green in the 10 years that I have played there and very rarely have to use a temporary tee.
Even on the busy days, it's a fluent course.
It's nicely out of the way of everyday life which means it mainly only atracts 'polite' golfers (i.e not your usual public course hackers who turn up with a shovel and spade rather then clubs).
Play this course! but I advise the use of a buggy as the course is long and has some rather steep hills in places!
Liked it so much, I bought the membership! This course will keep you fit - the walk from the 11th green to the par 3 12th tee & then green will have you gasping but it's worth every deep breath. The course plays well through the winter. Toughest hole? Probably the 4th (a perfect drive is needed to have any chance with the approach) although the 14th (415 yard par 4, always into the wind) runs it close. The signature hole is the 7th but the 18th is also a great hole - you will probably have to play the course a few times before you are brave enough to cut the corner on the blind tee shot.
What a lovely course!
Persevere with the drive to the course as it is the longest driveway I have ever seen. Get there early and have a sausage and egg butty on the balcony wonderful.
Great 1st driving hole and the course never disappoints. Greens are immaculate and holes interesting, not that cheap at £19 but it was worth paying in the end even though we were knackered.
If your finances can stretch to a buggy get one!
Played the course 16/07/04. I must say this is one of the best courses I have played in the south east. As I normally play my golf in essex it was a pleasant change to play on outstanding fairways and exceptional greens along with breathtaking views. Fortunatly we took the advise from your site and took a buggy. As we were playing in a society comp there was a slight build up on the 220 yard par 3 7th. Just as well as looking 400 foot down to the green with little or no wind I pulled a 6 iron out of my bag. A member playing in front hit a full blown 5 wood which looked very long but landed 15 foot from flag. I quickly changed clubs and landed the ball in the same place. Fairways are nice and wide, which due to the length of the course is just as well as you can let rip with the titanium. 10/10 can't wait to return.
i have read the comments posted.try playing this course off the whites(please ask permission first)you think its long of the yellows?.austin is not at all like lullingstone.30 years playing lullingstone and an x member give qualifications for me to make that comment. austin lodge there is no comparison.off the yellows playing with another low handicaper. we posted scores of, my partner gross 76 myself gross74.this would not have been possible if the course was not in fantastic condition.animal scrapings are part of rural golf and cannot be helped.only downside is fairways could be a bit wider on some holes, with a first cut being slightly shorter as good drives are often penalised with bad lies.take a buggie if not take oxygen.fantstic views each hole has a different character.highley recommend this course.
I have played this course on numourous occaciations over the last 4 years and I must say it never ceases to amaze me. I really enjoy playing there as it gives you the best of everything. This is a very hilly course and if you have walking problems or back problems then a buggy is a must for you.
You have a great first hole where you can launch your first shot out in to the blue in to the valley below. You then meander your way through out the valleys of the course. It also has a drop of water on the back 9 on one of the holes. It can be a tough course to play on a really hot day.
The country side is beautiful with great views.
The club house is a Square shaped building, a bit like somthing you would find in Portugal. The only down side I have found just recently is that they have stopped the 2for 1s and there chef needs a lesson in making sausage sandwiches, which I thought were a bit expencive at £2.70 each.
Otherewise a very testing but satisfiying course to play.
Played the course on the 06/09/2002 making this the sixth year running our society have played here. Found the fairways tighter this season than ever before.with the hills and valleys this made holding some of the fairways difficult to hold. The green staff must have read Jeniffers comment and let the rough grow in a little.The greens were a shade faster than normal.
Our society always play 36 holes and many of our members say a buggy is a must, however, if you carry and walk this course you have no need for a heart and lung check at your doctors. You should find the pain in your legs will only take two to three days to go.Found the staff and club house fare as good as ever.
Dissapointed, Lullingstone without the queues. Wide open and long. If you can hit a decent ball, you can open your shoulders and score well, watch out for the 18th though, I was 7 over on the tee, 12 afterwards, if I had my time again having seen whats round the corner, I'd tee off with an 8 iron.
Oh, and everyone's right about it being hilly and tough on the legs.......
Played on saturday 31/8/02 was expecting a super duper course but it turned out to be very ordinary. The club house is ordinary, the fairway was wide and the grass was dry and hard. Very scenic but not as excellent as what people said. I can find a cheaper course with better quality.
I have just played the course for the second time, the first was March this year, and I would recommend it to anybody. There are some quite spectacular views to be had from the 3 ridges that form the course (with 2 valleys in between naturally). The 2 really stand out holes are the par 3 7th which is unlike any hole I`ve ever seen and club selection is very important in the wind (I over shot it with an 8 iron the 1st time I played it & was short with a well struck 4 iron the 2nd time) and the par 5 17th is quite a challenge at over 550yds all uphill. I would advise a buggy & a course guide 8/10
21/01/02 Played the course for the first time this weekend. Structurally the course was magnificent with some very interesting and enjoyable holes. I was a little disappointed with the condition of the course after having parted with my £27 at the small clubhouse. The fairways, though not too bad, were a little torn up by animals as were the bunkers. The greens were poor, even for the time of the year. All in all, not great value for money though I will return in a few months to see if the condition of the course has improved, as I think with better conditions the course would be hard to beat
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