14 reviews of Lydd Golf Club and Driving Range
Please, don't be swayed by the reviews posted while the course was undergoing its re-fit. This is now quickly becoming a course not to miss, as either a casual visitor or an active member. Its a very challenging and delightful place to be.
One thing it is not and that's hard to walk, gentle slopes and flat fairways on every hole, just have to steer your ball around the well placed lakes and bunkers that now are a feature of this golf course. The mounding separating some of the holes creates wind changes and gives the shape of each hole more character.
The Owners of the Golf Course have taken back the management, and are installing the best Team Possible to get Lydd heading in the right direction again.
There's a lot of good things going to happen at Lydd Golf Course, on and off the fairways.
Do you think you're a good golfer, try the back nine on a windy-ish day, see how good you are then, but, you'll still enjoy it.
ME, I'm a retired Tour Pro and I love the place. It will please all grades of player. As I said easy walking.
I played 2 rounds here yesterday on a hot day with what I am sure the club would call a light wind. The first round was a bargain at £10 and the second was just a further £5.
The layout is unusual with only three short holes and 2 par 5's with a very testing SSS of 71 from the whites (6629 yards).
There is a lot of water which becomes more relevant as the round goes on even if you are playing well. Some holes do offer the choice of a safety first approach, but 15 and in particular 12 being downwind offer challenges that are too tempting to refuse.
13,plays into the prevailing and has water seriously influencing drive and second shot thoroughly deserves its rating as SI 1.
Greens were a little inconsistent in pace and some of the pin positions were very awkward. I suspect that the fairways would become very hard after a prolonged dry spell.
Not a true links but well worth a visit and do bring lots of balls.
Do not come here if you want to lose golf balls - I lost quite a few, but then I was playing rubbish with knock off graphite irons! The ground was rock hard and off the fairway I could barely play it straight or even 20 degrees right or left! The course is interesting, if a little bare in places, with dykes and ditches along with rough waiting to collect the off line and only slightly off line in places. Quite long for mid handicappers and the wind can play havoc. But greens well kept and you do need to play safe and solid to score, which you can do to be fair. Not a course to return to very often, but well worth a visit for the complacent stay-at-home golfer!
Firstly, can I say that £18.00 for a round of golf including a full English breakfast has to be one of the best deals I have ever experienced in over 20 years of playing....
But sadly, that's the good bit over with.
I had received mixed reviews of Lydd from various people, some said it was a very good course in great condition, others had warned me not to get too excited, that it wasn't really a great place to play. So it was with an open mind that I played here on a windy Thursday last week.
I usually love playing golf around this time of year, the courses are normally beginning to play at their best with greens and fairways looking nice and lush and a little "give" in the ground. Unfortunately, Lydd was totally the opposite. The course looked as if it had just been through one of the driest Summers on record, everything looked tired and shabby, and the fairways were rock hard. Any shot played with a shorter iron from them jarred your wrists as you made contact with the ground, and I would hate to play this course during July or August. The greens, whilst in reasonable condition were very fast, but were not receptive to a shot at all. I have played "links" golf before and expect to play fast greens, in fact I prefer them to the slower greens I have been playing on recently. But even a well struck wedge would see the ball bouncing out through the back and into trouble as if the thing had hit concrete! As I say, the greens were in fair condition, very nice to look at and putt on. But don't expect any check on the ball whatsoever, even out of bunkers!
The course is also undergoing a lot of work, mostly on the back 9 where tons of earth have been moved in to offer some sort of mounding. The whole course is lined with blue marker posts which you have to drop out from should your ball venture past them. To be fair, there are some half decent holes out there, especially on the back 9. But it was the overall condition of the course that let it down. I suppose at the prices they are charging you can't really complain, and some would see this report as nitpicking. But as a golf course it's not worth paying any more to play at the moment. I say "at the moment" because once the course has settled down and is a little less "tired" I would like to go back and play it again, with greener fairways with a little more spring in them, and without the blue marker posts everywhere. But at the moment I would give it a miss even at £18.00 a round. Shame, because it has the makings of a good course.
Well worth the hour drive from my inlaws house, cannot wait to go back again, wanted to play a links course, was a little dissapointed until I started playing, was accompanied by a junior which helped a lot, the drainage works as Kent was flooded a day earlier. greens fairways and tees in good condition, lots of water (mostly ditches). Fairways and rough fairly generious,though there is heavy rough out there. The greens great to put on. Was quite windy so club selection and shape or direction of shot was important and made for an enjoyable round, unfortunatly kitchen had shut just before I arrived back to the club house. A course not to be missed.
Played the course for the first time on what appeared to be the perfect afternoon, but the tide must have turned halfway round, the breeze got up and the balls went missing.
The course is wonderful, the huge receptive greens are in lovely condition,in fact the whole course is. The course is a good length with most par 4 requireing mid irons into the flag,layout is extremely interesting with many blind shots and doglegged fairways. Oh did I mention the water, practically every whole is affected and they swallowed 18 balls between me and my golfing buddy.Try it your love it.
this is a real tough test for those uniniated in the world of links/seaside golf. While this is in my opinion not a true links such as neighbouring Rye or Littlestone its lightning fast fairways (much faster than the greens in some areas) insescent wind, narrow fairways and punishing rough will have you either ripping up your card or begging for more. Don't be fooled by the first this course especially in the 20mph wind we played in is a beast. My single figures partner lost 7 balls and I lost nearly double that but we still really enjoyed this course in what must be one of the strangest and almost haunting landscapes of dungeness.
The pro was great and the facilities more than acceptable. If you can't get on at Rye and you won't then this is well worth a visit.
excellant course ,changes deppening on wind direction ,very friendly welcome form all staff and members,tests your golf skills or lack of them.
I have played this course three times and thoroghly enjoyed it. There is loads of water but that just adds to the fun!!! When the wind gets up be preapred to lose a lot of balls - but it is still a great course.
For the most part this is a very good course. It really tests one's nerve,with all the water, and course management skills. Probably one of the most difficult courses to play to handicap in the county. It has however one really quite frustrating drawback in my opinion. It has many large bunkers filled with what can only be described as builders sand. The top layer when dried out can be soft enough but just underneath it is very hard and compact thus making it difficult to play a natural bunker shot. I assume they have used this sand because it is generally windy down here and they dont want it blowing away. Havig had my moan i would reccommend this course to anyone wanting to test there all round game (it bites).
There has been a solid investment in facilities at the course since 2000 so that that the bunkers are less "American" in style. This is particularly true of the rivetting at the 7th.
Possibly controversially, I would commend Lydd in the wind and/or rain aa that is when its true character comes out. I agree that it is not a "true" links, but it is very close, and as such needs the elements to be against you.
To much water is the only real complaint, nice course well looked after. One tip avoid windy & rainy conditions.
An excellent all-round experience. Lydd probably has too much water to be a true links. The bunkers are also large "American-type" bunkers. The greens are consistent and quite responsive. The atmosphere in the clubhouse is also good with friendly staff. For your own good, try to avoid it on a windy day!!
Lydd golf course is probely the toughest golf course in kent, it boasts of over fourty akers of water that comes in to play on thirteen of the holes. Wind is the main factor being situated on south coast marsh land's.
Alternative rates£15 after 16:00 hours
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