The Kent Coast Regional Overview

A brief insight into links golf in the Garden of England!


Kent is one of the warmest and driest parts of Britain. On August 10, 2003, in the village of Brogdale, near Faversham, the temperature reached 38.5 °C (101.3 °F), which is the hottest temperature ever recorded in the United Kingdom. Much of the county is beside the coast, which means that even during the winter, there is very little early-morning frost or ice. 

It is ideally located, being within striking distance of London, Surrey and Sussex. On a clear day, the French coastline is visible from Dover. Kent is known as the 'garden of England' thanks to its abundance of fruit-growing and hop gardens and is becoming increasingly well known for its white wine. The county attracts many tens of thousands of tourists every year, who flock there to enjoy its beaches, and to visit attractions such as the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, the North Downs, The Weald, Leeds Castle, Chartwell, The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum, Dover Castle, the white cliffs of Dover. Or they can pop on a ferry or train and be in France in no time.

It is also a haven for golf courses, especially links courses, with the small town of Sandwich being the hub that gives access to some of the best golf in England, if not the UK.

The Bell Hotel is located in a magnificent Edwardian building in Sandwich that is full of period character mixed with 21st century charm. It overlooks the River Stour and has been welcoming guests to the county for hundreds of years. Although it retains much of its period feel, The Bell has recently been refurbished and is a favourite for golfers, boasting 37 bedrooms that feature roll-top baths and four-poster beds. 

Discover my golf course reviews of the following courses that make up a truly spectacular golf tour throughout the Kent golfing region:

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.