Hever Castle Golf Club: Historic - Picturesque - Inspiring
Set in 250 acres of beautiful Kent Weald countryside within the historic Hever Castle Estate, nestled in the Eden Valley below the hills that border the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, the Club's 27 Hole Championship Course and unique Clubhouse are an integral part of the Estate’s history, which dates back to the 13th Century.
Once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife in the early 1500s, the Clubhouse was constructed around the historic buildings of Castle Farm.
In 1903 the Estate was purchased by William Waldorf Astor, one of America's richest men, who invested his time, money and imagination in restoring the Castle and building the amazing Italian gardens.
Astor brought golf to the Estate in the 1920s, when a private nine hole links was built on the site occupied by today’s Championship Course, north of the Hever lakes, for the enjoyment of friends, family and for business, including leading socialites, Members of Parliament and - it is thought - more Royalty. His original course survived until the Second World War when it was sadly abandoned during the War effort.
Hever Castle Golf Club Today
The present day Championship Course is made up of the Kings and Queens 9s and was created in 1992 by Dr Peter Nicholson PhD. ARCS BSc, whose use of the land’s natural beauty and contours gives each hole a distinctive character.
These 9s were complemented by the creation of the Princes 9 in 1998, designed by Hever Castle’s Course Manager David Wood and by the addition of extensive practice facilities in 2007. In honour of the founder of golf at Hever, the Astor Lounge Bar & Restaurant was commissioned in 2011.
The Club today aims to strike the balance between a golfing experience with historic natural beauty, while delivering an innovative, modern approach to Golf Club services.
The contours of the three 9s at Hever Castle blend seamlessly with mature native English trees, as well featuring specimens of Scots Pine, Sequoia and Sycamore. The area provides a rich natural haven for wildlife and it is not uncommon to spot the fallow deer that have roamed Hever for centuries, as well as sparrow hawks, kestrels and owls. The natural stream from the Eden that flows through all the courses to form the many feature lakes also attracts several varieties of ducks, and geese as well as moorhens, coots and herons.
With this abundance of natural riches, Hever Castle’s courses have been designed in complete harmony with the picturesque setting, endowing each hole with a distinct character.
The Championship Course, made up of the Kings and Queens 9s, has been seen on Sky Sports and has played host to many prestigious events including The Kent Amateur Championships, Euro Pro Tour and the Kent PGA Championships. It includes one of the longest holes in Britain, the 644 yard par 5 17th, a highlight for many golfers among the stunning holes of this 7002 yard par 72 layout. The delightful short 6th and 8th holes on the front nine are both played over water, while a beautiful stretch of holes from the 11th to the 13th (Hever's 'Amen Corner') also requires carries over water to small, slick greens.
But don't worry, Hever Castle is not as intimidating to the inexperienced golfer as this may sound, and with its backdrop of beautiful surroundings playing the course is a real pleasure.
The 2784 yard Par 35 Princes Course also has a wonderful layout built to the highest specification. Although shorter than the Championship 9s it provides a good test of golf, with a premium on accuracy, especially at the par 3 3rd and 6th, both played over picturesque lakes.
Many golfers enjoy playing a Hybrid Course of the Kings and Princes 9’s, which combine for a highly enjoyable 18 of 6076 yards, par 71. This offers a delightful blend of hazards from tight tree-lined fairways to beautifully presented water hazards, strategically placed bunkers and small greens.
Hever's exceptional location, quality facilities, and outstanding reputation for hospitality make it the perfect venue for any golf event, be it Society, Corporate or Family.
The unique Tudor-style Clubhouse, located on the highest point of the course, offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Downs, showcasing the historic architecture of Hever, while providing functionality, modern comfort and a sense of tranquillity that golfers and non-golfers find very appealing.
Following the example of former owners The Astors, delivering outstanding hospitality to all who visit, is a matter of pride at Hever Castle. The elegant Astor Lounge Bar & Restaurant is the perfect place to relax with a drink after a round of golf, enjoy a Sunday Roast with the family or host a business lunch with good wifi access. The Lounge opens onto the Sun Terrace overlooking the 9th and 18th Greens, as well as gardens with an ornamental pond & waterfall. Adjoining the Lounge is the 19th, an informal Spike Bar.
The Professional Shop is a spacious reception area for golfers to browse the latest golf equipment and fashions, catering for men, ladies and juniors, and also offers custom club fitting, re-gripping services and hire of buggies, trolleys and clubs, as well as pin codes for the purpose built driving range, which includes a covered section for all weather use and extensive practice facilities for short-game, bunker play and putting.
An integral feature of the Shop is Castle Golf School, where the Schools' Professionals provide lessons to fine tune experienced players and put newcomers on the right path to enjoy the game. At the time of writing, the School is working towards GolfMark accreditation, the national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf facilities.
The Clubhouse regularly hosts a wide variety of events such as Wedding Receptions, Family Celebrations, Business Meetings and Training Seminars, and accommodates up to 160 guests. The whole top floor features the Princes Suite, a self-contained function suite containing a large function room with integral dance floor, its own exclusive bar and break-out areas, with an integral projector system, 90 inch screen, blueray player, ipod dock and fully integrated connectivity for presentations.
In the Astor Restaurant the Club’s experienced Chefs serve classical English dishes, usually with a modern twist, and also do a splendid a Sunday Lunch.
A warm welcome awaits every golfer at Hever where the experienced professional team are on hand to provide all the help and attention to detail required for a successful and memorable day’s golf at the Club.
Social and Competitive golf is played every week of the year, and Hever’s extensive Golf facilities mean Member and Visitor golf can be played in harmony over the three Course layouts.
Hever also offers outstanding membership benefits to the Club golfer, including Championship memberships with all inclusive access, Princes memberships for the 9 hole Golfer and Flexi, a credit based membership ideal for the less frequent player. Members have reserved tee times 7 days a week and visitors can reserve start times in advance by phone on 01732 700771 or book a tee time online.
Why not stay a little longer?
Hever Castle's luxurious Bed & Breakfast, set in the historic Astor Wing, offers 21 beautiful bedrooms in the stunning private areas of the Castle. Available all year round, seven days a week, this is the perfect way to extend and enhance your trip. Each bedroom is individually styled, with options for double, twin and family rooms, some even boasting four-poster beds and monumental fireplaces.
And for the ultimate luxury golfing break, Medley Court is a four bedroom property with fabulous views attached to Hever Castle and available for hire, sleeping up to seven.
Stay and Play at Hever affords you the flexibility and unique experience of driving to the Clubhouse over the river via the Buggy bridge and then through the historic Lime Tree Avenue.
With your own personal golf buggies and private entrance to the Golf Course, it is an experience to be remembered.
To enquire about stay and play packages at Hever Castle please complete the form here or call Claire on 01732 701003.