Westerham Golf Club

Course Type
Woodland
Designer
TBC
Par
72 
Slope
0
Rating
4.3
Golf Professional
TBC
Green Fees
Reviews
25

Course Information

ADDRESS:
Valence Park, Brasted Road, Westerham, Kent, TN161LJ, United Kingdom
WHAT/THREE/WORDS:
claim.stale.mock
TELEPHONE:
01959 567100
DESCRIPTION:

Born out of the ‘Great Storm’ of 1987 Westerham Golf Club opened ten years later and in just 10 years has developed into the jewel in the crown of The Altonwood Golf Group.

The course is a par 72, measuring 6,305 yards and set in mature woodland with magnificent views across the North Kent Downs.

Westerham Golf Club offers golfers of any standard a solid test of their golfing prowess as well as on occasions testing their nerve to the limits. With ravines and water hazards making this a stunningly beautiful course, the tree lined fairways give it maturity far beyond its years. Strategically placed bunkers, excellent use of the natural contours as well as excellent USGA specification greens and full irrigation throughout the course, make Westerham a golfing favourite across the South East and beyond.

Lasting memories of the Kent based course will be of the par 3, 11th, known locally as the 'eye of the storm' with pine trees and bunkers guarding the small green, and the par 4, 18th whose green is directly in front of the clubhouse, and is reached by crossing a devilishly positioned lake.

The club operates a flexible membership scheme aptly named the ‘Season Ticket’ providing reduced green fees with added advantages.

Owned by The Altonwood Group, who until recently was owned by the late Ron Noades, the Ex Crystal Palace Football Club Chairman.

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3.7 / 5

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Course Tee Holes Par Rating Slope
Westerham Golf Club Yellow 18 71 70.3 126
Westerham Golf Club White 18 71 72.0 131

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Golf Club Reviews

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Westerham. nice views, nice holes, good challenge

Played this last year in the Winter and they were investing in lots of work. It was not easy, but whilst going around all I could think about was playing in it in the summer, which is what I did today. Nice track, really enjoyed it, nice variety of holes and a good challenge. I will be back this year and next.
Date Saturday, 24, June 2023
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A testing course!!

I have played Westerham GC many times since I joined it last September. As you arrive you can tell that you are in for a treat as the views coming down the 9th and 18th holes with the water features and fountains make it look special.

The practice facilities are great with a driving range, and a short game area , plus if you feel the need there is a short Par 3 course that you can go and establish your short game on a course.

As for the main course. . . It is a gem. I would say that you need to manage your round well around the course and you do not always need the driver for the par 4s and par 5s. Very testing in parts and you have to navigate a few water features on the way round. Some really tight drives so straightness off the tee box is essential on some holes. Two cracking par 3s at 11 and 13 will test your accuracy and distance as they both measure around 175 yards each. Coming down the 18th fairway towards the clubhouse is a view to behold and makes for a very exciting finishing hole over the lake to a difficult pin position.

The clubhouse provides excellent food and beverages and sitting out on the terrace on a sunny day watching others finish their round is a pleasant way to spend an hour or so after your round.

If anyone would like to play I should be able to get a discount rate for guests using some of my vouchers. let me check and if anyone fancies it then let me know. You will not be disappointed.

Regards

John
Date Tuesday, 03, August 2021
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The Best Course I've Played This Year

Played here yesterday with SES, we paid £30 after 2pm on a Saturday. This course is fantastic, when you first see the course from the clubhouse you cannot fail to be impressed by the scenic views. The course is tight in places as would expect from a woodland course and has several dog legs; the course is also hilly.

This course is not the longest at 5,958yds from the yellow T's however it is still a challenging course. You don't need need to hit driver on most holes to score well, and it's probably advisable to keep it in the bag for the tighter holes. The fairways were in good condition when I played, and the greens were fast but playable. Overal, the condition of the course was great and has been maintained to a high standard.

There is plenty of parking onsite and good practice facilities (Driving range, short game area and driving nets near the first T).

Would definitely recommend this course and would play again, well worth a visit.
Date Sunday, 20, May 2018
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fantastic, well worth a visit

friendly and helpful staff and members. food available. course in great condition. 3 water holes. best course condition played all year, new favourite place.
Date Monday, 16, October 2017
20.9
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Great

Had a great summer round at this great course, loved every hole and will look forward to coming again
Date Thursday, 21, September 2017
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Always a good standard here.

Great course , love playing here , challenging but noT a killer.
Date Wednesday, 12, August 2015
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Beautiful course

It's very hilly but absolutely stunning. The fairways are in great conditions. You need to be very straight off the tee on a lot of holes, with enormous pines on both sides.

The only reason I didn't give 4 stars for the quality of course was that the greens were a bit disappointing. They had been tined and sanded so you'd expect them to be a bit bumpy but paucity of grass poking out through the sand they might not be great even after the treatment.

There's a full range and separate short game practice area. The clubhouse is nice and the staff friendly.

It's a long drive for me but if it were closer I'd definitely go back.
Date Friday, 17, April 2015
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Great Course

Nice course, plenty of tight holes, and trees to cause problems, but wide enough to be enjoyable.
Date Monday, 22, September 2014
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Great course

Westerham is a really lovely course with several scenic and beautiful holes. A good and fair test of golf with my only criticism being the greens were, although in excellent condition (many of them with two tiers), a little too slow or 'woolly' in my opinion.
Date Monday, 22, September 2014
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Gorgeous course

When you play at Westerham you'll want to bring your A game, simply because anything less and it wouldn't be in keeping with the standard of course you're about to play.

There is one other reason for bringing your A game though, and that's because if you don't then the course will kick your butt. Water, tree lined fairways and tiered greens ensure that you will need to play well to get a good score.

Whether you play well or not, you can't help but be impressed with the quality and variety of holes, along with some gorgeous views.

It's not just the course that this club has to offer. There are excellent practise facilities to warm up on before your round, and for after there's a superb clubhouse overlooking the 9th and 18th holes.

This won't be the cheapest round you'll ever have, but it will be one of the better clubs you'll ever play.
Date Sunday, 21, September 2014
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A real treat to play.

Awesome course in superb condition. Each hole was different, presenting challenges but all were really aesthetic to the eye. The views were fantastic and all the greens had tiers to negotiate to help focus the putting mind.
I will look forward to a return visit next season.
The pro shop were helpful and welcoming and the short game area was great for warm up pitching.
Date Sunday, 21, September 2014
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One of the best courses around

Not much to say exept a perfect cousre with very hard holes and set in a very picturesque setting
Date Thursday, 04, September 2014
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great course, a true test of shot making

Course was is very good condition today and the greens were excellent. stay on the fairway as the rough is deep.

Lots of left to right and right to left shots required to score well.
Date Saturday, 14, June 2014
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Great parkland course

Good challenging course. Horrible day, inthe midst of all the wind and rain. Temp greens an winter tees on some holes and two holes closed. Good layout and would be superb when dry. Staff were really helpful; there was a trolley ban, and I brought my carry bag, but forgot to put my strap back on after cleaning. Pro offered to lend me a bag, or just a strap, which saved me carrying the clubs like a baby. Will definitely go back in better conditions.
Date Friday, 14, February 2014
16.3
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Excellent course, must play

Not much you can say about this course, other then...PLAY IT

This will challenge all levels and you wont be disappointed by its beauty.

Date Sunday, 20, October 2013
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Wow!! My new favourite course...

That is the first thing you say to yourself as you emerge from the tree lined drive up to The Clubhouse, stand on the patio and look out across the 9th and 18th fairways - I suspect there are few courses that have a better view in the whole of the UK! However, it gets better...

A warm welcome from the Pro shop and you are soon directed to the first tee and a fairly easy Par 4 opener but stop to consider how good the greens are now, as they get better (incredible, given the dry summer!). The course then offers a picturesque set of holes that continues through dense woodland slowly undulating and with every hole both different and with beautiful placed and manicured greens.

Despite expecting the course to then become 'samey', it doesn't. The Par 5's are just about reachable and the Par 3's hard to get at but if you are striking the ball well you'll have a good day. As such it really is a superb course layout. On two or three occasions I had to stop, take a moment and appreciate how good this course is! This course may be considered by some as expensive at £35 weekday and £40 weekend but being on the TSG 'Preferred course' its only £28 and £33 resepctively, making it more affordable. I would recommend anyone to take advantage of the discounted rates and play this club asap before the winter sets in. The food was very good and reasonably priced too.

I will definitely be making this one of the regular venues on my golfing calendar, so if you see me post a game, come and join me! :-)


Date Friday, 30, August 2013
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Beautiful course in great condition

Great driving range, nice clubhouse, challenging course with some tight fairways and beautifully kept greens. Punishes you if you are ont dead on target which I rarely am! Would love to play again in nicer weather conditions.
Date Sunday, 12, May 2013
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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........

Date Tuesday, 09, October 2012
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This is a club I would become a member.

Mature tree line parkland course. With undulating fairways, doglegs, some tight holes with O/B’s and undulating greens fast & true with some super 'driving' holes. Fairways, bunkers, greens all in good condition. Practise putting/chipping green, driving nets.
Excellent club house with small pro shop & friendly staff.TSG course.
This is a club I would become a member.
Date Sunday, 30, September 2012
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An exciting challenge

Testing my handicap, as I had to play of 3/4 (14). Shotgun start at 11th (nearest the pin) and managed to make par. Finished on the par 5 10th in the driving rain. Really enjoyed the course and looking forward to playing it again in September in our away league match. Bit dubious when I got to 1st and read the BEWARE OF THE ADDERS notice........
Date Friday, 10, August 2012
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Very Tight Course ! But With Great Views

A very nice course ,greens in good condition
a good veriety of of different hole's
I would definately recommend.
All the staff I found were very
friendly.Practice facilities were great,people that I had
the round with were good and Fiendly
Golfers..
Date Tuesday, 03, April 2012
36.0
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Must play course

Played 27 holes today (front nine twice) and thoroughly enjoyed every single hole. Every hole gives you something to think about but is not over the top difficult. Greens and fairways in excellent condition all the way round. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Cost a little more than I usually pay but probably worth it. Will definitely be going back.
Date Tuesday, 11, October 2011
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Well worth the visit!

Players course - You have to be playing well to score!
Date Monday, 11, July 2011
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Beautiful woodland course requiring thought off every tee

A beatiful course I've played twice recently and learnt to put away the driver and think what to play off each tee. Amongst the picturesque, tree-lined fairways, even a wood is too long on some. Yet you can hit out on the two fabulous finishing holes (9 & 18) over water back down to the clubhouse, a great setting for a drink on the patio as the sun goes down. I paid £51 for a society day in May (incl bacon rolls, meal after etc) and £40 for the same in April, which I thought was excellent value.
Date Thursday, 23, June 2011
36.0
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What I saw looked great!

I'd been looking forward to playing here for a while so just my luck to pick a day when rain was forecast.

Clubhouse is nice, staff very friendly (all of them), setting is fantastic, practice facilities looked good (didn't use them - practice is tantamount to cheating...).

Got out on the course and it's a very pretty course in a lovely setting, good views, very peaceful. Played the first 6 holes and enjoyed it all (every hole different, all interesting) then it stated to rain and by the 12 we gave up. So I can't comment on the back nine but what I saw of the course means I will defintitely be going back.

As a visitor the cost is usually £40 each, and the course is probably worth it, but on Mon & Tues they accept 2-fore-1 vouchers so that's the time to go.
Date Wednesday, 17, September 2008