Lullingstone Park Golf Club is set across 500 acres of rolling hills in this historic area of Kent Countryside. The Park and golf course sits on land that was settled by the Romans around 100AD , read why this area still attracts visitors in their thousands.
Parkgate Road, Chelsfield, Nr Orpington, Kent, BR6 7PX
Lullingstone Park Golf Club sits within the grounds of the famous Lullingstone Park. The golf complex includes an excellent nine hole course which makes this an ideal destination for golfers of all abilities.
Located just off the M25 the course is a little bit tricky to find, you’ll have to navigate some narrow country lanes. It would be wise to activate Google Maps on your smartphone to find your way.
This is a course strongly charecterised by its undulating landscape typical of this part of Kent and long fairways. Lullingstone Park Golf Club is well known as a “big hitters” course, you certainly need to be confident with your driver here.
At 6700 yards it’s certainly one of the longest public golf courses in the area which is a part of Kent well populated by excellent public golf courses. Chelsfield Lakes and Pedham Place are close by with Darenth Valley golf club making up this little cluster of great courses.
The facilities at Lullingstone Park Golf Club are superb. A 22 bay driving range compliment the practice facilities available. The clubhouse shop and restaurant bar is an attractive one story stone and wood construction that complements its surroundings. Overall Lullingstone has the appearance of a members club rather than a public course.
The club shop is excellent, well stocked and selling everything any golfer would need and more. The bar and restaurant overlook the 18th green where you can watch weary golfers completing their round with a beer and light snack.
More so than on other courses I’ve visited, a combination of accuracy and power is needed off the tee constantly all the way around this course. A wayward shot could soon find itself delivered into the rough lining the fairways. Many of the fairways give the added complexity of sloping, mostly to the right which, as a natural fader often took even a well struck ball to the second cut.
Lullingstone Park Golf Club is quite a physically demanding round of golf and will constitute a great cardiovascular workout. Perhaps the Romans who built the nearby villa were reminded of La Sette colli di Roma!
The course’s elevated location also meant that the wind can be quite blustery, something that you may well have to factor into your shot.
While many of the holes are around 400 to 500 yards, there are a couple of short tests of accuracy, most notably the elevated “Plateau” style green of the 5th. A slight miss-hit off the tee and you’ll face a very tricky up and down trying to reach the green. If that hole shakes you up the following three holes between 360 and 511 yards off the yellow tees will let you get back into the swing of things being relatively straight.
For a public course the greens at Lullingstone Park Golf Club played well, replicating the hilly nature of the course they have quite a lot of movement in them offering the occasional tricky read. The greens like the rest of the course were very well maintained.
This is a fabulous course, ideally suited to the improving golfer. If you are regularly hitting around 100 and below this course is ideal for you and there’s enough difficulty in the course to keep the low handicap players interested. A new golfer or high handicap player would struggle here. I would get some practice in somewhere slightly less challenging before attempting this course.
There aren’t many public courses that offer this level of challenge, big driving tees and difficult greens and at less than £30 a round, Lullingstone is brilliant value for money.