Orpington Golf Centre is a large golf complex that incorporates two full size courses and a nine hole course. There is something for everyone at Orpington.
Orpington Golf Centre, Cray Ruxley, Sandy Lane, Orpington, Kent, BR5 3HY
Orpington golf centre is huge, comprising three interweaving courses with a total of 56 holes including a driving range and a practice area. The Orpington Golf Centre is a public course, located a short drive from the A20 it’s easily reachable from Central London and Junction three on the M25.
OK, this isn’t a golf course for the purists Orpington is a public pay and play course and it can be very busy, I would recommend booking a tee time and expect occasional slow play from novice golfers beginning their journey into the game.
The facilities are simple but effective; good changing rooms, a decent club shop and bar that serves food are all provided. After paying your green fees in the well stocked club shop, the visitor is treated to a panorama that takes in this huge facility and the surrounding Kent Countryside.
Orpington Golf Centre has an open and undulating character, there is the occasional hill to climb and the subtle changes in elevation add to the golfing experience.
This is a golf course that is ideal for the player that likes to hit the ball long. Lots of long forgiving fairways framed with navigable rough. However, with 56 holes of golf spread out over this facility and, particularly over the latter half of the Cray Valley course, the sheer number of greens is slightly distracting. Care needs to be taken when approaching the 9th/18th double green as your shot crosses the first fairway.
On the day the greens at Orpington golf centre were in excellent condition, they are lively and challenging to read. The greens themselves are easy to find, in fact the lack of difficulty in this regard would be one of the few minor drawbacks of the course and a low handicapper might find this course a bit too accessible.
Orpington Golf Centre is a well maintained, well drained and fun course that is accessible to golfers of all abilities. It’s a great place to warm up the driver and the fairway wood, it’s easy to get to up and down and craft a respectable round.
The sheer size of the facility and the comparative lack of difficulty of most holes are perhaps the only drawbacks though a mid-handicap player will find enough challenge to keep them entertained here.
Orpington golf centre does have an municipal feel to it which will not appeal to some. Additionally with some tees from different courses crossing each other and a large number of players on the courses at any one time, expect the occasional delay to the speed of play. Orpington golf centre represents excellent value for money, it’s a good value public course, definitely worth a visit.