Set not far from the M25, and close to Westerham (Jct 5), this course intrigued me....
Firstly, there is real provence to this course as it dates back to the late 1890's and there is a real sense of history to the Clubhouse. Traditional, cosy but clean and fresh.
Only a nine-hole course (you play from different tees on the back nine!) but it is very tight (no need for a Driver here!) and you will need to plot your way around. Some of the holes will intimidate you due to the narrow tree-lined fairway - in parts, it reminded me of Wentworth - seriously!
All the green were in good condition, the fairways are excellent too. My only complaint is that £4.50 for bacon sandwich is silly money.
That said, I will return and as a TSG Club Partner, the rates are very reasonable! Give it a try!
A Little Something for the Weekend
Limpsfield Chart Golf Club was created in 1889, so nearly as old as Mr Haywood (possibly), and like him, still going strong. With just 9 holes I wasn't expecting much of a test, but it was so much fun you have/want/need to play it twice. It has a bit of everything, long par 3, long and short par 4's, a clever par 5, and all surrounded by enchanting ancient woodland. It's a heathland course with gorse and heather, hits over an old quarry, and testing shots through narrow gaps between trees. There are 18 different teeing positions, but just a couple that give a noticeably different perspective on the hole, however, the thought and variety of shots needed to make your way round completely make up for that. The course feels like golf was supposed to be, played on natural not manicured ground, in tune with its surroundings. Inside you sense the club's history, with wood-panelled walls and honours boards dating back to the 19th century. The members were friendly, and the bar good value. Despite the obvious tradition, the club has kept up with the times, and is working hard to take on the future, welcoming guests, aiming to have a busy youth section and running a successful 9 hole scheme for those short on time if not money. If you have a couple of hours spare then there can't be many better ways to spend them (though I'd bump it to 3 and play 18). Make your way to Limpsfield Chart for an unexpected treat.