North Foreland Golf Club

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North Foreland Golf Club

Kent, England

Overview

North Foreland Golf Club Northcliffe Course is a Herbert Fowler & Tom Simpson original approaching course. The course is virtually untouched and a rare example of the golden ages dynamic duo's work.

The course was designed to be played with a wedge and putter. Contoured greens and elevation changes are seen on this little parcel of land. Tree's have been kept from encroaching on play. Many of the original bunkers are now grassed but lie in wait for restoration.

This may be England's answer to The Bad Little 9, The Cradle at Pinehurst, Bandon Preserve, or Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge.

A perfect addition to a summer's evening after Prince's and Royal Cinque Ports. We are presuming you've done the right thing and played morning and afternoon foursomes at Royal St George's the day before or after...


Golf Course Review

The Northcliffe Course (formerly known as Kingsgate) at the North Foreland Golf Club is a unique design. It is largely untouched and one of only a few approaching courses designed by Fowler ad Simpson. This is without question the best surviving example. Some bunkers have been lost and others filled. This is particularly evident on the uphill holes, for example, the 2nd, 7th, and 14th. You can see exactly what Tom Simpson was trying to achieve with layers upon layers of bunkers... the 7th could be the benchmark for Simpson-esque bunkering and par 3's if restored...

The 4th hole is Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler's nod to Redan at North Berwick.

The 17th is a bunker-less design which I think is probably the work of Herbert Fowler. A similar green site can be found on the big course next door and at Beau Desert Golf Club.

The original 18 holes course consisted of holes ranging in length from 60 to 120 yards.

Multiple mowing heights give the course a modern aesthetic. The texture of fescue grasses is pleasing - this could be expanded and the playing corridors widened with minimal or even less outlay.

Mowing lines, approaches, and green pads are not presented in a traditional manner. I can imagine two mowing heights and the mounding of the greens being revealed to allow play from a plethora of scenarios. The genius of the course can be seen but not fully enjoyed with the current presentation. Despite this, there is no doubt the course is already a joy to play. In fact, given the choice, I'd play here over the course next door.

A portrait of Herbert Fowler by Montague Cooper.Montague Cooper

Featured Architect: Herbert Fowler

Herbert Fowler was known for establishing natural-looking green sites and working backwards to the tee. Bernard Darwin described Herbert Fowler as “perhaps the most daring and original of all golfing architects..." Topography used to test with his courses following the contours of the land. Bunkers...

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Kent, CT10 3PU, England

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A portrait of Herbert Fowler by Montague Cooper.Montague Cooper

Featured Architect: Herbert Fowler

Herbert Fowler was known for establishing natural-looking green sites and working backwards to the tee. Bernard Darwin described Herbert Fowler as “perhaps the most daring and original of all golfing architects..." Topography used to test with his courses following the contours of the land. Bunkers...

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The Putter Tailor - Made to Measure Putters and Wedges

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