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Southern Valley Golf Club

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Address: Thong Lane, Shorne, Gravesend, Kent, DA124LF, United Kingdom
Rating: 3.3
Rating: 3.3
Opened: 1999
Holes: 18
Type: Inland Links
Length: 6182 yds
Par: 69
Rating/SSS: 69
Slope:
Green Fees: £18.50 weekday; £25.00 weekend
Offers: See website for details.
Tel No: 01474 568 568
Location: View Map
Website: www.southernvalley.co.uk
   

Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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Facilities
Southern Valley Golf Club is a privately owned club and can be found in the village of Shorne, just south of Gravesend in Kent. Construction of Southern Valley began in January 1998 and was first opened which opened in June 1999. The site was originally Gravesend Airport, which was actively in use during the Second World War and overlooks the Thames Estuary. The Pro shop is well stocked with all the essentials. The clubhouse boasts beautiful new change rooms (Men & Women) complete with modern shower and locker facilities. There is a large-ish clubhouse with full bar, catering and changing facilities plus professional shop and golf practice facilities. The Clubhouse patio overlooks the 18th green and is a great spot to watch golfers tackle the challenging home hole.
Description

Southern Valley Golf Club in Kent is a parkland course set in 138 acres of open countryside over-looking the Thames Estuary. Not even twenty years old, the landscaping still needs time to mature, but 30,000 gorse and broom plants have been imported which enhances the feel of seaside links.

The course has been designed and built in sympathy with a traditional Links Course. It features large greens and tees alongside undulating fairways. The soil is predominantly chalk based, so it always drains well and the tees and greens have been built to the most modern specifications, ensuring that no temporary tees or greens are used any time of the year. Since opening in 1999, improvements have been made throughout the course to include the addition of new bunkers and four new back tees as well as our new clubhouse. This is all part of our long-term plan to improve your course.

The overall design is a mix of both traditional and contemporary holes and whilst maintained well, this is by no means Wentworth but if you’re looking for an affordable course with a pleasant friendly atmosphere – get South Valley in Kent a go.

Managing Director - Paul Thornberry 

Operations Manager - Zara Thornberry

Head Greenkeeper - Nigel Wadey

Pro Shop Manager - Gail Grimes

Head Chef - Pierre Bertomeu

 


 

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Number of Reviews: 23

Handicap: 14
Pro Member

21 Apr 2019, 09:01
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 2.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Another course under threat!

This was a freebie round arranged through a friend. We were treated like royalty. Sausage sandwich for breakfast & a steak meal afterwards all as part of the day! The buggy was free as well? The members could not have been more friendly.
But the course, is under threat from the new bridge across the Thames. In I8 months Southern Valley may well have have disappeared.??
The layout of the course is great, with challenging par threes, well off the whites at least.
The tee boxes are awful and need levelling, but there is no investment into the course.
The fairways are also in bad need of irrigation and seeding. On a plus side the greens run true and are challenging, if a bit hard.
All in all I loved my experience at Southern Valley the people there are a bit special, but the course is a has been and I can’t see that improving which is very sad.??

  

Handicap: 22
Pro Member

21 Mar 2019, 20:54
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 1.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Shame !

I play here three or four times a year , a very good winter course as excellent at draining.
After a practice at the nearby ( not attached ) driving range I used to call in for a bit of practice for 10 mins on their putting green . Last time sadly although the car park was almost empty due to gales and a spot of rain the assistant manager sent out a Marshall to me to tell me to leave the practice green ! What a welcome , shame on you asking a pensioner and experienced golfer to leave your deserted practice green !

  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

29 Dec 2018, 18:47
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 2.0

couse not my cup of tea

Very much like a inland links course. Although December isnt the best time to write a review but the course drains very well.Greens ok bunkers are awful no sand in any of them.cost me at least 5 points. Clubhouse ok vey badic but it is a public course without sounding like a golf snob.At £30 i think it was very overpriced . wouldn't be tempted to go back even at 20 quid.Not a course where you remember and recommend it. So there you have it my take on southern valley golf club

  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

07 Dec 2017, 09:43
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 1.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Not Bad

See Andy King's review below except bunkers were terrible!

  

Handicap: 19

30 Oct 2017, 22:14
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

my day at southern valley

Good day again with Carlos

club house ok bit basic but very good bacon sandwich,

Course was very good with a great views with a good mix of holes never boring greens were true but a bit pitted in places but very good

I had a great day and enjoyed the course will play again and again would not be boring



  

Handicap: 23

07 Jul 2017, 13:28
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 0.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Good Value

Good value. The fairways and greens all good. Will definitely play again

  

TSG

23 Mar 2017, 07:09
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Worth a visit

Not overly friendly but okay. Course in good condition played during the winter. Greens a bit patchy but again not bad for winter. Made good use of hybrids...

  

Handicap: 12
Pro Member

02 Feb 2017, 09:49
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 1.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Not my favourite, but good winter course

Southern Valley is a course I am not very fond of. Its quite plain and featureless. However...it is a good winter course. It drains very well and when other are closed or boggy, Southern Valley will be fine. Inland Links so fairways undulate a lot, greens are fair and quick. Bunkers nice. Clubhouse is a disappointment - portacabins. It can have some good deals, so then its fair. Nice in winter, but it is boring really.

  

Handicap: 27
Pro Member

30 Sep 2016, 20:51
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Links type course with great views of Thames estuary and Kent countryside

This is the 2nd time I played this course in two months and I like the fact that it is not very long from the Red tees, yesterday the fairways were very dry, the ball has a lot of run, specially so when the wind was with us, the greens were exceptionally good, some bunkers were in little need of sand but manageable. One of our Team kept finding those traps, well the ball had so much run. ONE par 4 was reached in one by the Organiser of the game, Malcolm S., that was a surprise to him as there were another team in front!!!!!!!

Some lovely Par 3s always well protected. The 9th, Par 4 has a very interesting shaped green with a sort of island in the middle, work was being carried out when we played. There are a few sloping fairways and one needs to chose the aim carefully as the ball may not end up where you wanted to...

The scenery is very attractive, just like a postcard: the dry fairways blended with the sand adding a very soft touch to the landscape with a few bushes and greenery. There is a sense of very open space where one can breath openly. The Kent countryside is beautiful too and there is a very nice view of the Thames Estuary.

Signage is very good to start with but at some points, the next tee signs are missing, so if you play for a first time, you might go to the wrong tee.

A warm welcome in the small Proshop, the bar staff is very friendly, you will find nice coffee and food reasonably prices so are the other beverages.

Nice decking seating area outside overlooking the 18th, always interesting to see how one reaches the green on their final approach.

Plenty of parking, a practice putting green by the 1st Tee, not sure where the nets or driving range were.

There always seem to be a good deal to be had and I would love to return to see how the course plays in the winter, I suspect it will be very windy but draining very well.

So if you have not played Southern Valley, give it a try and see if you like it. (my personal view is that I much prefer this course than Pedham Place, as too many blind shots and very wet in the Winter)

THE END.......


  

Handicap: 20
Pro Member

30 Sep 2016, 09:51
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

good value for money course.

enjoyable course, ground hard on the day of play ie:late Sept( we need some rain!) so if you kept to the fairway ball travel was further than expected.


  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

10 Aug 2016, 11:49
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Windy...

Played here on the Kirstie Wilson Memorial Golf Day and thoroughly enjoyed the event....

Much credit goes to Gary who put on a fantastic day with a friendly bunch of golfers (and TSGers).

The course is open to the elements and subject to the strong winds blowing off the Thames Estuary but don't be put off, this course is great fun to play.

There's plenty to enjoy for the high and medium handicappers and whilst it's not Wentworth, it's well worth the trip.

All the staff were friendly and food tasty.

And of course, all in a very good cause - I would encourage ALL TSGers to support this day in the future!



  

Handicap: 22
Pro Member

31 Mar 2016, 11:21
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Enjoyable course

Enjoyed playing Southern Valley yesterday.
Played on my own as partner pulled out last minute.
Course is well layed out, very open and bumpy fairways, plenty of bunkers in stratigic places. Open fairways so a little forgiving, greens were very quick but if your on line you should sink some putts.
A great looking par 3 on the back 9.
Clubhouse is well laid out and staff friendly
Overall I would say this course still has room for improvement as some bunkers are a bit ropey and a few more rakes needed. It is though a very enjoyable course to play and I will most definatley come back especially at the twighlight price.
Lee

  

Handicap: 11
Pro Member

20 Dec 2014, 17:07
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

well worth playing this course

not the easiest of courses for me to find, but once there it was worth it.
Nice clubhouse, nice bar overlooking the 18th (which is always a plus to my way of thinking) and food not overly expensive either.
didn't use any practice facilities so it gets a 3.
The course played very well indeed, it's on a chalk base, so despite the amount of waterlogged courses due to recent weather, the course played very well.
The greens were a bit fluffy in places, and most moaned about them on the day, but a good solid golf course, gives you opportunities if you hit good shots, and will bite you for a v poor one. This makes it very enjoyable to play.
Play here and you will not regret the green fee

  

Handicap: 14
Pro Member

12 Nov 2014, 11:07
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 2.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 2.0

INTERESTING BUT AVERAGE LINKS GOLF COURSE

It's hard to sum up this course. It has an interesting layout for a links with its ups and downs and fairly tight fairways but what lets it down is the quality of the greens and fairways. The greens are quite diseased and, therefore, hard to putt on with all the bumps and the fairways, very thinly covered in grass, so, when you come to take your mid-iron shots, the ball has laid up on hard ground, between the grass. The clubhouse is quite new and fresh and the food is of a good standard which makes me think that the bulk of their money has been spent here. Here's hoping they can plough it into the course in future. I would go again but only for a friendly game and not really worrying about the scores; once they get the course sorted this will be a nice little golf club to visit. Here's hoping !!

  

Handicap: 21

13 May 2014, 18:38
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

A Very Nice Course Well Worth A Visit

Southern Valley Golf Course A nice New Club House ,Very Friendly staff,the course is a nice linksy style Golf course O.K. if the wind dosen't blow Hard , a few up and down hills Greens were a little slow ( about 8 on the stint meter) but true
Bunkers looked O.K. enough sand in them luckily for me I did not visit one, The price was fair, me and Ken Simmons paid £15 OAP Rates ! Buggy £25 little Steep . My only crititism was the lack of marker post's !! they had on some holes Disks on the ground Red-White & Yellow which we work out 200yds Red 150yds Yel !00 yds White all in all a Good Day,I would definately play the course again.

  

Handicap: 23
Pro Member

29 Jun 2013, 19:16
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Nice course

Nice lynx course, bunkers in good condition, greens very good. Go off the fairways & the rough is punishing, but that's golf!! Will play here again

  

Handicap: 18
Pro Member

02 Sep 2012, 20:55
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Much better than I was expecting

On approach, the clubhouse isn't much, but the welcome is a warm one and we were well looked after. I really enjoyed the course and thought the greens were fantastic - they beat me, so I need to go back and have another go. If you stay straight, you can get a good score.

  

Handicap: 24

25 Jul 2011, 18:07
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

a great lynx course

great greens tight fairways a real challenge made me think about my club selection.

  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

26 Nov 2010, 17:12
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Southern Valley Golf Club

I've played Southern Valley several times and for the price feel its a pretty good course, not over taxing physically as its quite flat, but can give you good chance to shoot a low score if you keep out of the rough. New clubhouse is good but would be nice to have a net to warm up your driver before playing.

  

Handicap: 16
Pro Member

07 Jun 2010, 19:33
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

what a difference!!

So finally the potato field is no longer, now that Irrigation and a new club house in place.
Used Green saver book got 2 of us for 20quid.
Fairways / bunkers in good condition greens were good
Challenging inland-Links course especially when windy Rough was rough but you could find your ball.
can imagine being in the clubhouse if you over hit to the 18th as the Green not overly big.
would go back again.

  

Handicap: 22
Pro Member

15 Mar 2010, 16:18
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 0.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Bill nowell

New club house will be great when finished (about 2 weeks)greens in very good condition and most a nice size. Very open and quite easy to play, fairways cut too short and very dry. Would play again no problem.

  

Handicap: 21

17 Jun 2009, 08:14
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Nice course

This course plays very well in the winter, because of the chalk soil so it doesn't get wet. Greens are consistent, but very fast. In the sunmmer pitching short of the green is advisable as the ball runs forever here.

Not too difficult, but straight drives are essential.

  

Handicap: 12
Pro Member

05 Dec 2007, 19:23
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 2.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Local links

I played southern valley on friday 26th and was quietly surprised.

Playing a 'linksy' course was different for me and quite enjoyable. The condition was not the greatest as it's quite a new course. The first cut around the green was quite bare in some places but the all year round pick and place was useful.

Good value for money at £16.50.

The clubhouse and facilities need help though. Portacabins for club bar and toilets, but saying that the people working in there were very helpful.

  




 

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