5 reviews of Lamberhurst Golf Club
Foreword - absolutely fantastic greens, some of the best in the county
Beautiful parkland course. When I moved to Tunbridge Wells a few years ago I was deciding on where to take up membership. I played a few rounds at the local courses (Sweetwoods, Neville, Knole Park & Lamberhurst). All are lovely courses but for me Lamberhurst won me over as the clubhouse was by far the most friendly, and the course the most challenging.
Holes 1-3 and nice warmup holes, and good opportunities to make birdies so that you can play defensively through the interesting and challenging holes 4-6. Hole 7 gives the best opportunity at that rare ace, whilst 8 & 9 provide dogleg left and right, respectively. The former requires a strong powerful drive, ideally with a draw, down onto a raise green with danger around and OB behind.
Holes 10 & 11 require solid drives, with 10 offering a opportunity for getting a shot back if your drive is good. Hole 12 is the signature carry over water, with many a lost ball to be found lurking below the coy carp that are easily spotted tracing their way along the surface. Holes 13 & 14 are back to back par fives, and a great opportunity for birdie, with 14 opening the door for the even rarer bird - the eagle. 15 is a long par four (SI2) and with wind against can prove a challenge for all but the longer players. However, wind against on 15 means wind behind on the beautiful raised tee of the 16th towards the 'crater', which was created as a result of a plane coming down during WW2.
Hole 17 is a challenging uphill par three and the 18th yields an opportunity to drive the green, and finish out with a eagle, though anything other than a straight drive will rule that out.
I have fully enjoyed being a member of this club for the last two years, and so far have convinced 8 of my friends/colleagues to join.
A great course to play, a great course to be a member of
Pro shop made us feel very welcome. Fairly good Winter rate of £30 for a weekend round after 12.00
Doesn't quite live up to the billing of "The Augusta National of Kent" (!!) but very nice course all round.
Don't be put off by the first couple of holes. They feel a bit 'back-to-back' and don't present much of a challenge. After this however there is a really nice stretch of 4 or 5 holes which have some wonderful views and present a really good challenge. The 4th is a particularly fun hole with a tee shot down a hill towards a stream which crosses the fairway, followed by a challenging long iron into the green. Very pictureque looking back up the hill, over the stream, towards a lovely little church.
Heading around the stretch be prepared for more dog-legs than Crufts. Makes it interesting trying to get the right tee shot away that will give you the right angle into the green.
13th is another great hole. Fairly easy couple of shots set you up for a short iron into a green protected by a stream running across the front. Be sure to take enough club!
The closing doesn't quite have the alure of the preceding holes but you will do very well to come away with a par on the uphill, 435 yard 15th.
The tee boxes lined with gorgeous heather add a nice touch all around the course.
Did I mention the greens? Very, very quick, good condition and some really serious slopes! Be sure to bring your 'A' game with the putter or else you will struggle to score well.
Overall, some really good holes but slightly let down by some weaker holes at the start and end of the round.
Lamberhurst looks as if it will be quite easy if truth be told but you soon find it is actually quite a challenge. Very often you find the ball above or below you feet, the tightness of the fairway quite scary and the views quite stunning. The greens tend to be a bit too hard really considering the slopes they have and off the course the members are, well how to put it, private types. The clubhouse is a little industrial and the facilities within it are not really up to scratch for a course charging this much. Tough course tough audience!
Lamberhurst is a very nice course set is beautiful sussex countryside. The layout is challenging for good golfers yet very playable or beginners. We have a annual golf match against there and the course has never been in ba condition even in december after lots rain. The clubhouse is tradional and the bar and restaurant are good as well. The 18th is a driveable par 4 that can decide a match. First time i drove over the green into the O.B and then hit my 3 of the tee to about 5ft and made the putt for a 4. Good course well worth a a visit
This is a very nice course and a good test of your game. I did find the distances hard to judge and so, if in doubt, take more club than less, as the greens are further away than they seem.
The flags are colour coded so that you know if the holes are at the back, centre of front of the green - what a good idea!
I played the day after the new by-pass was opened and, despite the fears of many of the members, I didn't find the additional noise intrusive.
A very enjoyable outing.
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