Review's of Westerham Golf Club
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Majestic, sumptuous... an invite to play your best golf
Westerham Golf Club was born from "nature revolution", ie. the freak storm of 1987 in an area of outstanding natural beauty in mature woodlands, Valence Park. As you drive to the golf course, it looks like the pre-Alps mountain tracks, so does the Upper car park as one has to park in areas created/designed by the tall pine trees, reminding me of French campsites in the Alps where I used to take my young children many years ago. Westerham GC is only 15 years old, (10 years of conception!) but it has everything present to make a perfect golf course, the mature trees, the natural contours, slopes & addition of water features, etc. As you walk down to the Clubhouse you see the wide, lush fairways, the trees, the 9th & 18th greens with water features (lakes & fountain) in between the 2. From the terrace you can watch golfers negotiating the approach to their respective greens that are uphill. Everything is maintained to very high standards, from fairways, to bunkers (some very deep & fearful, today some had some standing water!), to greens, truly superb, "fast & true" (technical bit), lovely undulations, tiers. The paths are well kept, so are the steps to the Tee boxes & the wooden fences next to them. There were a few wet/muddly areas today, so extra care needed if you walk the course. The approach to the greens are roped off to keep trolley & buggies away to avoid damage. The buggies have to keep to the paths as well. Lots of natural vegetation in the woods, bright red fungi at the moment (careful as they are deadly). A few favourite holes: 13th, Par 3: Raised tee box, a large clump of goarse to avoid(yes Carlos!) to reach the green that is sloping to the left with, guess what? some bunkers on the left to catch any ball not pitched/chipped properly. 14th, Par 4: A slight dogleg right to an uphill green guarded by the steepest bunkers, 3 at the front and 1 large one on the right hand side. The approach is quite narrow. 15th, Par 4: A lovely downhill hole, very tight approach to the green the fairway is sloping to the left. 9th/18th: the 2 finishing holes, depending where you start your round, have a great design & may instigate fear as water is guarding the sloping greens set at an angle. Must mention the 11th, Par 3, with a sheer drop on the right hand side, left by the great storm that created Westerham Golf Course. Pine trees by the approach to the green & deep bunkers are well. Elegant clubhouse where staff are pleasant. Friendly Proshop, well stocked. Smart changing rooms. Excellent practice area for putting, chipping, pitching , open air driving range & apparently an indoor teaching area as well. 2 car parks: Lower (tarmack), but small and Upper (large) amongst the pine trees, a lovely romantic area. Westerham is a TSG preferred course, near J5/6 of M25 and Westerham village/town? seems very attractive as you drive through. A very enjoyable course, not too long, where one has to think their way. The greens are a pleasure to sink the putts in and today, it works for me. The above are my very personal views & recollection of the day. THE END........