16.05.2022 - 06:50 Uhr

North Foreland Golf Club is ready to play a full part in an exciting summer of sport after golf fans were given the green light to attend this summer’s Open Championship at Royal St. George’s. Thousands of visitors from the UK, Europe and beyond are set to head to Kent in July for the 149th Open Championship after the R & A revealed it is “confident of welcoming a significant number of fans”, and to celebrate, North Foreland is offering attendees the opportunity to combine watching with a round at the highly regarded English seaside course.

Situated just 13 miles along the coast from Royal St. George’s, the 36-hole venue is considered one of the best member clubs in Kent and is giving visitors early access to reserve tee times online between Monday, July 12, and Monday, July 19 – with a range of special fourball packages available.

Golfers can play the dramatic downland course, which runs along the clifftops and offers sea views from each tee, from just £125 throughout the week or as a fourball package from £450 which includes breakfast or lunch, complimentary range balls and a souvenir welcome pack for each player.

“The Open Championship is a golf event like no other,” said Chris Dowrick, North Foreland’s general manager. “It’s the biggest tournament in the world and to have the opportunity to be a part of it is very exciting for everyone at the club.

“The anticipation and excitement levels are really starting to build following the news that golf fans will be allowed to attend, and we can’t wait to showcase our wonderful venue to a new audience of golfers, many of whom will never have played golf by the seaside before.

“People haven’t had much to celebrate over the last 12 months, and we believe the chance to experience one of the best surrounding courses followed by watching the best players in the world in action will prove very appealing.”

A final decision on the number of golf fans allowed on-site at The Open is still to be taken, with government decisions on social distancing, testing and Covid-19 certification needed to be confirmed before an attendance limit can be announced.

Located on the picturesque Kent coast in the holiday town of Dickensian Broadstairs, North Foreland Golf Club boasts two exceptional year-round golf courses – the Main Course and the Northcliffe Course – complemented by top-class clubhouse facilities to match, with the delightful Lighthouse Brasserie and Bar offering panoramic views of the sea and coastline.

Renowned for its fast-running fairways and greens, along with coastal views that are amongst the best in England, the 6,436-yard, par-71 Main Course is a fantastic test for all golfers – with the open front nine holes being contrasted nicely with the tighter back nine and a mixture of strategically-placed bunkers and broad fairways.

The Northcliffe Course provides the opportunity for players to hone their short game on holes that vary in distance from 50 to 140 yards and the club is also home to excellent practice facilities and tennis courts.

For more information or to book, call 01843 862140 or visit: www.northforeland.co.uk/the_open_visitor_green_fees

Notes to editors:

- Founded in 1903, the corner of East Kent on which the golf course stands today, is steeped in history. Kingsgate, once a poor fishing village, became the 18th century grand estate of Lord Holland. At the end of the 19th century, part of the estate was purchased by Sir William Capel Slaughter, founder of the international law firm Slaughter and May, and where, in 1903, he laid out the first golf course at North Foreland.

- On the death of Sir William, Lord Northcliffe, a newspaper magnate and owner of the Times and several other publications, moved into his summer retreat at Elmwood in Reading Street. In 1918 he purchased and enlarged the golf course, building a new clubhouse, then a single storey building from which, during World War II, club members would sit on the veranda watching skywards as the Battle of Britain raged overhead.

- The club has played a pivotal role in shaping what the game is today – namely, the Ryder Cup, which features Abe Mitchell on the lid, a memorial to a great professional golf player who worked at North Foreland Golf Club.

- North Foreland now has two golf courses, the 18-hole Main Course – which comprises of four par-three, three par-five and eleven par-four holes – as well as a unique 18-hole par-three course, aptly named the Norcliffe Course, is perfect for beginners, families or experienced players looking to hone their short game.

- There are extensive practice facilities at North Foreland. Just a few yards from the clubhouse is a putting green, a short walk down the hill by the 16th tee is a chipping green with a practice bunker, as well as a 250-yard grass driving range.

- The clubhouse features the Lighthouse Brasserie and Lighthouse Bar, both offer delightful views of the golf course, and can host weddings, parties and corporate events. Other facilities include The Halfway House near the first and tenth tees, which has previously been voted in the top 10 halfway houses in the country by Golf Monthly, as well as two tennis courts available to hire and a pro shop which stocks the latest equipment from golf’s leading brands.

- Membership categories include Full, Northcliffe, Northcliffe Academy, Tennis and Social, and the club also welcomes visitors and golf societies – with a number of packages available.


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