Lullingstone Park Golf Club
Lullingstone Park Golf Club, Orpington, South East, England, BR6 7PX
61 reviews of Lullingstone Park Golf Club
A good municipal open long parkland course with wide undulating/sloping fairways & fairway bunkers.
So good course management comes into play to score well.
The only water hazards was on the 18th (not readily in play)
The greens have just been sanded, so were slow, with very little brakes in them. Bunkers were in good condition. Some of the fairways were tire thought.
Excellent club house & pro shop with friendly staff.
Practise putting/chipping green & driving range. Sadly no driving nets.
Value basic on internet price £13@11:30 Sunday
Overall a fair challenge I would come again
Ed handicap 18.6
Great course for the improving golfer, well kept for the most part with beautiful scenery, and you'll get to use all the clubs in your bag. Decent off-peak and 'twilight' rates. I have not yet found a better 'pay and play' course, for the money, within 30mins of Lewisham. Also friendly enough with decent cooked breakfasts. Can be tough and tiring in cold and windy weather as quite exposed, but absolutely glorious in Spring and Summer.
You have to be able to hit the ball long and straight and control your distance with your irons. All the staff were friendly and courteous.A great course for the money.
I played Lullingstone on 01/01/2008 in a three ball which took just under 4 hours. This is one humungus course, which makes the quality of it's upkeep even more impressive. Even though it had been raining over night the course wasn't waterlogged and they had a worker going round with a wiper taking the dew off the greens! This is definetely a course for someone who likes their driver, nearly all of the holes require a good drive to set you off, however all of the fairway's are really wide and very forgiving. Overall I would say this is the best course I have played in Kent based on distance, quality and setting, I will be returning when my legs recover from this trip!
played there this week-end. one of the best courses i've played. real test for your handicap.challenging but fair.
A splendid course offering pleasant views of green rolling hills and a glimpse of Lullingstone Castle on a few of the holes. This quintessentially English country course may well force you to amend your handicap. The length of many of the holes means that you have to be on good terms with your driver and fairway wood.
Great course and correctly says as the best views in the south east. Not many flat holes with the climb to the eighth like a mountain. Course in great condition except some tees could do with some work. Would recommend to anyone
Fantastic golf course. Played here for 10 years and is in the best condition ever. had a very enjoyabnle day and only 3 1/2 hours to get round, ( twilight mind ). the new shower facility is 100 times better. Reccomend to anyone.
We played this course on 14th Oct as two three balls. The course was in good condition albeit unpredictable greens. The scenery as noted by other posters was spectacular. If I have any critism of this course, it would be that my friends behind were continually peppered with balls from a six ball- yes a six ball using carts who obviously lack the etiquette that most golfers demonstrate. When the pro shop were informed their response was oh they are regulars, is that an excuse ? Expect the round to take at least 5 1/2 to 6 hours. The course will test all levels and leave most with a score that probably doesn't match their handicap.
We played this course over the weekend and despite parking up at the course at 6am... to our surprise there were already 4 groups teeing off in front of us...
Had a pleasant round and would recommend this course to anyone. Having said that it can be quite a challenge to the higher handicapp's.
Fairways are quite generous but definately a thinking man's course as you'll need to put the in the right place because of the big sloping fairways.
in my opinion lullingstone is one of the best puplic courses in the south east
played june 06 greens were in good nick the overall condition of the fairways is good
exellent veiws all round the course
plays very long and very challenging for all golfers
at £20 weekend green fees value for money worth playing if you have never been before
Good investment in the course is evident. A new water hazard on the 18th, pathways added to the many slopes, newly sanded bunkers and lightning fast greens for February (following moderate snow!). If this continues - and they smarten up the fairways- this will be one of the best public courses around.
I would definitely recommend this course. Wonderful countryside views allow you to forget you are only 45minutes from London. The course is challenging, especially for higher handicappers, although I was playing with a low handicapper, who found equally challenging.
It is both long (good tee shots required) and hilly (providing difficult lies), which primarily accounts for the time taken to finish the course (commented below). The hills were a real challenge and provided a good work out. Ensure you allow 5hrs to complete.
The course is well maintained and if anyone wants to have a real challenge, whilst enjoying a great setting, you cant go far wrong.
I will definitely be going back.
Played 29th July, Gave up after 15 holes as it was approaching 5 hours for the round by then.
Course was in good nick, greens and tees very good.
Its a shame they overcrowd the course as I and like the groups we chatted to on every Tee agreed that we'd never go back to play there again.
God only knows what its like at weekends.
On my previous visit to Lullingstone, I was in a 2-ball that crawled round in a shade under 6 hours!! This visit (07 May 05) was heading the same way until the timely intervention of a violent storm made lots of people walk off. I pay to play golf, not stand around admiring the scenery which I can do for nothing. Never again!
Played the course on 18 Dec 04 for the first time for 3 years. Back in those days, we were quite new to the game and none of us ever broke 100 at Lullingstone. This time around, the course did seem a lot gentler, the slopes not quite so difficult (we are members at Austin Lodge so get some practice at those) and the distances not so long. Three of the fourball scored 30+ points (two shot mid-80s) and one managed 39. The only one who didn't score reasonably well was the one with the mega-hangover! It was soft underfoot after a wet week but still quite playable and all the greens were in play and in good nick. All bar two of the proper tees were in use too, so well done to the greenkeepers for that. We won't leave it so long before coming back again.
Just recently i played at this course and was taken back by the fantastistic views around the course and the toughness that the course showed towards my game.I would just like to share with my fellow golfers what a great day was had by my society and myself.The day got off to a flyer with a full english that i had to leave a little due to the fact that the portions had gone beyond VFM and i had to leave a little .The golf was superb and back to the 19th at lunchtime ,the staff at the clubhouse were fantastic to the extreme and catered for and beyond everyones needs.Texas scramble after lunch and back again to the clubhouse,the changing rooms need some severe attention compared to the London Club but i was told that the Sevenoaks District Council have put aside the money to developoe these facilities (much needed) But this didnt spoil the day SSandS and home ................What a great day recommend to any society .
I couldn't agree more, though in 15 years playing this course I've never seen as much as a denim patch.
Lullingstone is a cut above all other public courses I've played and certainly better than many over-hyped private establishments. It is very challenging offering a mix of steep downland on the front nine and mature woodland coming home.
Don't be dissapointed if your score fails to reflect your handicap. The course plays much longer than it reaaly is amnd it makes your next round elsewhere seem so much easier.
After reading some of the comments below i feel compelled to write. Firstly, you get what you pay for. Lullingstone is a cheap course, so why complain about the quality and standard of other golfers, if you want a top notch course then pay the money and join one. I think it is good that there is a course where hackers can turn up in their jeans and have a blast around a course. Secondly, the slopes, whats the problem, learn to play off a hanging lie, its what the pro's do day in day out, its part of the game, no course should be tailor made to bad golfers failings. Thirdly, people who wear jeans are not a degenerate subspecies of humankind, i play off 5 at a championship course, conform to all etiquette, and have over the years represented a few clubs in competitions but will always wear jeans and a t-shirt if a club allows me to do so and personally find snobbery the worst form of bad etiquette.
Lullingstone, is a great course for those who do not take the game to seriously, kids, and those who cannot afford an expensive club, and i hope it stays that way.
I played the 9-hole course recently and really enjoyed the course. Good challenge and some good par 3's and 4's. Recommend it too all....Will be booking my tee time for the 18-hole, if its as good as the 9-hole then I will be going back!!
lullingstone would be more enjoyable if certain people were given lessons in etiquette.i will not call them golfers.i have played this course for 30 years.it is what it is a cheap round of golf especialy if you take advantage of the twilight discount.fantastic views. bunkers are filled with some kind of sand substitute.give it a try dont expect a quick round though.yes i have seen jean wearing people on this course.
Why do people constantly moan about the slopes, can they not see them when they tee up?? The undulations in my opinion only add to the test. As for the standard of dress and behaviour, I have never seen people in vests or jeans and behaving like "pikeys" at Lullingstone, unlike Addington Court. Also, many people have complained about not achieving or beating their handicapp. If you are regularly beating and playing to your handicapp then you are recieving too many strokes and should hand your cards in to get it lowered accordingly (bandits!).
Lullingstone is a great test of positional play and club selection and if you think the slopes are testing here, I suggest you try the Freshwater Bay Links Course on the Isle of Wight!!!
I have played Lullingstone, year round, for over ten years. It's very addictive, throwing up new challenges every time. The mixture of downland and mature parkland, shelter and exposed hilltops is a real (but reasonable) test of golfers of all abilities.
Don't go if you want to improve your handicap as it plays much longer than it should. That aside, Lullingstone is tremendous fun, especially for matchplay.
Played course for the first time today - basically its a bit of a track - some holes are like playing on a converted field than a proper sculpted golf course - greens very slow for summer as well. However, very picturesque. Best hole I thought is the par 3, 13th. Paid £18.60 - reasonable value I guess, but don't expect to be wowed by the course. Its ok - nothing more, nothing less.
I have been playing the 18 hols course regularly on Saturday afternoons for the past few months, and have noticed the work being done on the quality of grass on the greens. Last Saturday (7th June) they had reached a quality of growth and texture which is far and away the best they have been in my 30 years of playing the course. Even the 17th, which is notoriously bad for drainage, has a good surface, and I for one support the idea of reducing the size of the putting surface which has been undertaken on this hole.
HOWEVER, I wonder how many other players are appreciating the amount of work that has gone into achieving this standard? On every occasion that I have played recently I have taken time to repair pitchmarks on the greens, without holding up play, and every weekend the total is well in excess of 100 repairs by the end of the round. Sound a lot? Think about it, five pitchmarks on every green = 90 per round. A couple of weeks ago I repaired 29 on the 14th green alone!! It doesn't take long to do whilst your playing partner(s) are putting.
At my club in Ireland the ranger reularly stops players during a round, and asks them to produce their pitchmark repairer. Failure to do so can result in the player being asked to leave the course, but more usually to cough up 1 Euro to puchase one, the money going towards the Junior golf section.
So just take a little care folks, and remember the old saying "If every golfer repaired his pitchmark and one other - there would never be any!"
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