48 reviews of Kent and Surrey Golf and Country Club
Played here last weekend and have to say that after reading many negative reviews on here, I have no idea what people are talking about. Firstly, the greens look fantastic and play completely true. It's clear there's been a lot of improvement work going on around the course as it certainly shows! Fairways beautifully cut and plenty of greenkeepers to be found around the course keeping themselves busy. Clubhouse was good too, good food and a friendly atmosphere, and the members seem very keen to chat to and welcome visitors.
What a lovely course! Very impressed and good value too! Had a meal with my playing partner in the clubhouse after and everything was reasonably priced, with friendly staff! would recommend!
A lovely day out! Visited this course a week ago and was very impressed! I was told the greens had been renovated recently and this certainly showed. Decently priced clubhouse, excellent driving range and well kept greens made for a fantastic day out!
Played here on a groupon deal and frankly that was all it was worth. The owners / managers need to spend some cash just getting the place up to scratch, the tees are a joke, the greens are no better, the fairways unkempt, the bunkers are just mud holes covered in grass, the carpark (and many parts of the course) is basically a building site ... my advice to them would be
concentrate on the little things first, tidy the course up, buy new flags and flagsticks - the course has huge potential but I fear the people who run it see it as a cash cow not as a golf course : (
Ill start by saying this course is lovely.
Not the hardest course but still great fun with a few nice twists on holes that you think will be easy but find yourself thinking again after your tee shot.
Not many features but has a few water hazards to watch out for.
The club house isn't very nice to look at and the car park is terrible. But once your inside it is warm, welcoming and very friendly.
In the summer months when the trees are green and grass growing well its a picture of the Kent country side at its best.
My only REAL gripe here is the driving range....Its just never open and when it is the mats are very worn, very few tee's to use and the balls seem to be just any old balls found in the bushes. But its still the fact its never open when you want it! Im very local to it and have to drive an hour round trip to find a range that is open. VERY poor
This is a classic parkland course which offers a good golfing test.
We played here after I received a great offer from a website. I always think that clubs which encourage people to come and play at what would otherwise be a quiet time should be commended.
To echo one of the previous reviews the car park and club house do not look very attractive as you arrive but if you've come to play golf and not mooch about in the car park don't let this put you off.
The course for the most part is very good. It is a decent and fair test of golf. There are ongoing improvement works but I think it's churlish to complain when the management are making efforts to improve what is already a good facility. The only mat we played from was on the second tee.
There are a lot of water features and they are not there for purely asthetic purposes, many come into play particularly off the tee. The course is not long for the most part and it would arguably benefit from some longer par four holes but the holes are varied and interesting.
There were only two niggles that I consider worth mentioning: the putting green was considerably slower than the actual greens (this clearly makes it difficult to get the speed of the greens when you start playing) and the bunkers did not appear to have been raked for some time; most of the sand in the bunkers was signifcantly compacted.
I can't comment on the interior of the clubhouse (hence the 'middle' rating) but the staff who we did interact with were friendly and helpful.
Overall I would rate this positively and we will certainly be coming back to play again. Given that it's the best part of an hours drive from where we live I think this is a pretty strong recommendation. If they continue to improve the course (as they appear to be doing) then this will be a real gem.
Fantastic course, no problems at all.
The clubhouse is well kept and has a fantastic relaxed atmosphere. Free putting green is kept in good condition, as are the fairways and greens.
Altogether a fantastic Clubhouse and course, with knowledgeable staff and a lovely restaurant.
I will be back to play again!
I played this course a few weeks ago and I have just booked up again, all my playing partners agree this course is one to watch, which is why we are taking our 'birds on the move' here at the end of the year.
The 15th Hole is by far the best hole on the course, I do like a challenge!.
The clubhouse is warm and friendly, the staff are only too pleased to help you and having a marshal out on a busy weekend really did help us when we were unsure of our tee off time!!
A friend and I played here after receiving a voucher from a deal website.
Looking at some of the reviews here, my hopes were not high for a great day, but we were pleasantly suprised.
There is a small pro shop with a few essentials and the staff were very polite and helpful. There is a nice bar, where we enjoyed a coffee and bacon roll before heading off.
I was very impressed by the organisation and common sense of the club. There is a starter, who asked if we didn't mind going off earlier to avoid being behind 3 four-balls. We were more than happy to oblige.
The course in the main was lovely, all the fairways and greens where excellent.
There is obviously still improvements being done around the fringes of the course and there is a large earth mound to the left of the 1st fairway. The 2nd tee was a mat, but the rest of the course is excellent.
There is a large amount of water on this course, with some form of water feature on approx 15 of the 18 holes.
My only critisisms of the course would be; the edges of a few holes could use a tidy up and there was a lack of ball cleaners.
These are only minor critisisms and I will definatley be returning to this course.
This club is going places now its under new management. Owners Richard and David are having improvements done to the course on a daily basis. Its easier to see where the holes are now with old trees and bushes cut cut down or trimmed. Old bunkers have been taken out of play and the remainders have proper sand in them now. The greens have been professionally treated and the mole hills have been taken care off. Anyone that played this course a few months ago would not recognise it now. The atmosphere is more relaxing and the course is run in a professional manner with starting marshall. This really is a great joy to play now and a must for all golfers.
Played this course on Thursday 22nd March with my father and have a rather mixed review here.
Firstly, the course. Basically, there's not a whole lot wrong with it. It's a little up and down but not the most heavily landscaped course that you'll ever play. Equally, it's not as well featured as many, but there is some water there and there are more than enough ditches and streams to keep you honest and provide a challenge to all standards of golfer. The greens were in very good condition, although I do think that a number of holes weren't cut particularly well as I had a number of putts veer off within about 6 inches of the hole. But, on balance, I've played greens that are a whole lot worse.
The main bugbear with the course is that the fringes of the course could really do with a good tidy up - not a lot of money soent on them just a little bit of care. Some of the fairway grass was a little too long for it to be true fairway. There is some sort of building work going on around the 2nd tee meaning that the tee itself is out of commission and you have to play off a fairly tatty mat - and I hate mats at the best of times. But the course otself is perfectly acceptable and a very nice surrounding to spend a round of golf at.
Now to the clubhouse and it's a bit of a different story. There's nothing wrong with the facilities and the inside is pleasant but your initial impression when you arrive is awful. The car park is a large expanse of concrete with no parking bays marked on it, various areas that are breaking up and weeds growing through it everywhere. It's also completely unscreened from the road. The clubhouse from the outside looks more like a retirement home than a clubhouse and the whole thing just gives the impression of being tired and run down. Given the location, I would imagine that there would be enough trade to support a decent restaurant. But the staff are friendly enough and the service was better than reasonable.
So, my advice for various parties is as follows.
Ignore the look from the outside and play the course - it's actually a very decent course.
Golf Course Owner / Management:
Tidy up the course a bit.
Try and do something about the look of the clubhouse from the outside.
Put a good restaurant in there - I'm sure that the catchment area could support it.
If you don't have the money for anything else, for the love of God, do something about that car park. Tarmac it, mark the bays and plant a decent screen to shield it from the road.
We held a 16 player society here on the 8th December 2011, This was the 2nd year we have held our competion on this course, what a difference a year makes the club has new management and it shows the staff were much more on the ball and the greens were in great condition. Would recommend it
So much potential. The grand name suggests the real deal but after playing 'hunt the staff member' and despite a great layout with some superb holes the course is in need of some investment and tlc. Lots of evidence of improvement work started but never finished. However, the online fee of £12.50 was fantastic value and we will be back for more in the hope of seeing the course in better shape.
We can assure you that the points you have raised have been dealt with, and we look forward to another positive review from you soon.
On a four ball with some old friends we played this course for the first time on recommendation and weren't let down. Admitedly it was one of the few sunny days of the summer, but the course was great to play, the greens were in really good nick and for the price we couldn't find fault. We will definitely be back in the autumn.
I played the course with my three playing partners on Friday, a little worried about what we may find, but we didn't need to worry the course was in fantastic shape!, The greens had been renovated some weeks ago but they are fantastic now!!, we had a brilliant round and whats more the price is pretty good too, only £15.00 after 12pm during the week, bargin!. Staff were very pleasant too!!
Played a fortnight ago after an 8 month gap
the course is undergoing a few renovations (namely 1st & 2nd)and this leads to a slightly disappointing start to the round as the 2nd tee is like a building site. However the rest of the course is still as attractive as before. The course was in good nick with good fairways and immaculate undulating greens. The course is a test of mind as much as anything. Errant drives can be disastrous so club selection is paramount. The 9th is a fantastic golf hole with a raised undulating green that sits beyond a pond ideally situated for short approach shots. We teed off at 4.30pm and almost had the course to ourselves and for £14.00 was money very well spent.
Will happily return
I hadn't played the course for many years (used to live in Edenbridge) but was invited over for a friendly game a couple of Sundays ago. It was with mixed feeling that I set out as I rememeber the course as being a bit "tatty" and not very interesting.
I met up with my mates and we wandered over to the first tee. It was freezing cold, there was quite a chill wind blowing and a mixture of light rain and sleet was falling. My first thoughts were "what was I doing here?" as I stood looking out over the barren landscape. I really didn't want to be there!
We teed off, and despite the bad weather we had been experiencing up until the day I found the fairways to be holding up really well considering. A bit boggy if you went in the rough, but certainly not the worst conditions I had ever played in.
But the biggest surprise was the greens!! I couldn't believe how good they were bearing in mind we were playing in mid December. Really fast, true and in superb condition for the time of year. I have honestly played worse greens in the middle of Summer at other courses.
The course was a revelation. Nothing like I remembered it. Obviously a lot of work has been carried out during the years between my last visit, and I was very impressed. We had a good game the four of us, despite the fact that I had to walk in after 16 holes because I felt really rough. Went down with a stinking cold/flu the following day and had to have the week off work. Not nice.
But I saw enough of the course to make me determined to go back again. But I will wait until the Spring to catch it at it's best. With some leaves on the trees, a bit more definition to the fairways etc. it will be a really good test and a pleasure to play on. I'll be back.
Played the course very early at the weekend along with 9 others. Unfortunately we were a bit early for the pro shop which was closed. You could ask why take bookings that early if no-one will be around to take the money? Once we did get going (20mins) late on the 1st tee we found the course in good condition with some excellent greens. Many courses are driver then short iron (boring). This course has strategic bunkers and water as a defence against the big hitter so club selection is the difference between a good and poor round here as I found to my cost. good reception in the clubhouse and a top drawer Full English Breakfast made up for the disappointing start to the day.
All in all a course i'd like to play again, now I know to leave the driver in the bag most of the round.
Have just seen my recent report on website and see I mistakenly forgot to rate for value giving a total of 15. I intended a 10 to give total of 25.
If the original report can be amended could this be done but if not please consider the rating of 25 as correct as I would not wish to discourage potential visitors and I sometimes rule a course out completely with a rating under 20.
Played on saturday 30/5/09 was a bit concerned after reading previous comments.
The course is in fantastic condition greens very good , fairways look lovely (only managed to play second shot off a few of them!!)
Very good value for the money (£15.00 internet deal)
Definately a course for accurate iron approach shots.
I played here yesterday for £13 - a real bargain. It is unfortunate when as with the previous contributor a report is wholly out of date. If I had relied on it I would not have discovered the truest greens I have played this year. No doubt when faster later in the year they will be even better but at present they assisted scoring as chipping was reasonably simple.
The strategy here (which I discovered by accident) is to miss greens short and straight with the exception of those guarded by ponds.
There is a lot of water but for a competent player quite a lot should not come into play. The fairways were in excellent condition though the bunkers were disappointing.
The holes made good use of the terrain and although the fairways are generous a driver is not always the best option. The 2nd nine is the more challenging particularly the last 5.
Big hitters standing on the 14th may think at under 500 yards it is reachable in 2 but the 2nd part of the hole rises sharply. Choice of club at the downhill short 15th is very tricky and water awaits a misjudgement. The 16th and 17th at well over 400 yards are a challenge with the second shot to the 17th over water made more challenging by out of bounds only 10 yards left of the green. The 18th is shorter but tighter from the back tee. Anyone finishing with 5 pars has had a really good round.
The members I met were friendly, proud of the investment put into the course and appreciative of my comments about the greens.
I have seen a variety of comments on various courses on this websites and almost all have been informative but moans about potholes in a car park (not that there any now) smack of someone who had a poor round and will blame anything.
Ironically the excellence of the greens made this less of a challenge on the day which shows rating by numbers has limitations.
The normal green fee is not excessive but thanks to the internet for a real bargain.
I agree with the remarks below about the poorness of the upkeep. I played a round about the same time as Chris Hearn and found that I had similar issues. After my suspension taking a battering in the car park, I tried to pay for my round but the pro shop was closed. No signs were there to tell me to pay in the bar, but eventually a boozed up punter suggested I should do. The practice green was fantastic in the way that it lowered my expectations in preparation for the round, and low and behold there were pot marks and rabbit holes as promised on the putting surfaces. One amazing design feature of one of the holes was to put a large tree literally hanging over the back of one green. This would be fine if the green keepers were able to use a leaf blower. I've never had to take that amount of autumn debris into account when reading a putt. There are, however, a few very good holes on the course, especially par 4s. A longish par 4 by the railway was my favourite, reminiscent of some of the great American parkland courses. Unfortunately the maintenance wasn't in the same league as the design. Fairways and greens were shocking. The course is cheap, but with a design like that it is a waste. The area and the layout of the course deserve so much more than the current state of upkeep. I would very much hope that someone with some money buys this place and invests in some proper maintenance. If the fairways and greens were up to USGA standards I'd pay much more to play this course.
The purpose of sanding the greens believe it or not is to make them better rather than worse. I garantee that in the summer months you will not be able to get better value for money in the county if not country.
The purpose of sanding the greens believe it or not is to make them better rather than worse. I guarantee that in the summer months you will not be able to get better value for money in the county if not country.
I played this course on a sunny april 5th. With about 10 mph winds.
I found this place thanks to my sat nav . our other party got lost.
First impressions were doesn't look much.
Warm welcome in the clubhouse. Also there was amix up with tee times as I booked on line. We were given a deal of £10 a man.
Yes there was a few pot holes in the car park. So what! Avoid them.
Now for the course. After reading previous reports I wasnt expecting much, what can you get for a tenner?
This course was fantastic. Loads of bunkers, Loads of water. Wide lush fairways.a great mix of long par4s and some shortish par 4s. a couple of holes were blind from the tee, namely 3rd 12th & 14th so worth playing those again. One downside were the greens. They had just been sanded. Were fairly hard to land and stay on and even harder to put on. I 3 putted about 6 times and missed 3 or 4 from 3 feet. But greens are sanded or hollow tined now and again. Nearly every hole was interesting and I will definitly be coming back when the greens are a bit better. Even if its £20 a round.I would definetly advise you to play this course.
Scored 31 pts of 15hc. Putting was shocking.
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