21 reviews of Kent National Golf and Country Club
I played on Mon 18th June 2007 with a society and it was my 3rd visit to this golf club. I have enjoyed the challenge each time. So much so I have now made application to join on a 5 day membership. The value for money I feel is unbeatable. I was also impressed that you now get a golf buggy with satnav free of charge with every round of golf. Take this offer up as the walk between greens and tees on some holes is a fair distance. Due to the various weather conditions we have in the UK, no 2 days are the same, but I would highly recomend this golf club.Give it a go and make your own minds up.
As a golf course, i feel that the lay out is excellent. There is a good mix of holes which you need to use all sorts of shots. There are bunkers a plenty protecting the course from every single shot, but they are very fair and in excellent condition. The one let down, which may be slightly unfiar, was the condition of the course. Ok, the south of England has been bathed in sunshine with little or no rain for over a month, but the general condition was poor. Just looking at the fairways, you would say that it looked like the middle of August. The greens were also very slow and very very bobbley. However, you very rarely had a bad lie to play from, either from rough or fairway. For some reason the tee boxes had also had drainage holes in them. After my walk from the ninth to tenth, i began to realise why buggies were complimentary. I like to walk the courses i play but this was the most demanding walk i think i've ever had on a golf course. With the wind gusting to a near gale force, this was quite literally an up-hill struggle. All in all a nice course with impressive facilities too (grass range, practice green, chipping green, and nets), but with a little more tlc could be a real gem.
LOVELY CLUBHOUSE,SOGGY AND NOT VERY WELL MAINTAINED GOLF COURSE,BUNKERS VERY IMPRESSIVE COULD BE GREAT COURSE BUT IS AT THE MOMENT AVERAGE COULDNT USE BUGGIES AFTER 9TH AS THERE ARE NO PATHS.
Played on a very cold, windy, clear day after about two weeks of rain.Tees pretty good. Greens very good.Some fairways a bit boggy because of the recent weather, very boggy between holes and a few were quite a treck. Lots of very good holes and no real weak ones.Will def go back in the drier weather. Last hole 560YD into 30mph facewind. Took 3 good shots to get whithin 80yds.Well worth a look.
Played there 7/9/06. In general it is a fairly nice club. The clubhouse is lovely, the staff is nice, the greens were in lovely condition. I wasn't keen on the par 3's. Apart from the first one, the other 3 are the same and just as boring as eachother. The greens although lovely condition was like playing on glass, especial with certain pin positions. I wasnt keen on the number of blind spots (make for a very wary game for a first timer) There is no need for that many pointlessly placed bunkers. Finally the stroke index one hole gives you the option to play a nice drive over the water, which i did. Only to realise that the fairway to land it on is very narrow and there is no need for the rough, you shouldnt be punished for attempting the riskier shot and lose your ball with a drive that was perfect.
Eleven of us played on an overcast very humid monday morning. You drive up to a very impressive club house,there is ample parking for members and non-members alike. We took advantage of the clubs summer package,which included coffee and a bacon roll on arrival,18 holes of golf,and a light lunch after we had finished. The course was in excellent condition,considering the dry weather we have been having,the fairways were parched and dry,but still very playable,and the tees and greens were superb. There is a bit of walking between tees,but that in no way deprived us of enjoying the day. We intend to return in the very near future.
My son and I played here on Tuesday 9/5/06 and we thought the course was great.Lots of sand and mean lots of sand, each hole we thought had a challenge. As for peoples comments about not enough signs to next tees we found them very easy. The staff were very good and the members we spoke to were again very helpfull we are playing again later this month.
The second time I have played and disappointed again. The greens had been corred again, with tons of sand spread across the greens meaning they were unreadable, bumpy and slow. The fairways had also been spiked and areas around the green were more mud than grass. Everyone at the club was friendly and the food was good. Not sure if I will be going back, too many better options for that price.
I played this course early in June and found it OK. This course has a reputation for its bunkers, one of which is called by locals "the Gobi Desert". Some of the bunkers are unbelievably big but, although they cover large areas, do not really penalise you as they are not deep and generally have shallow faces - we were able to hit out with 5 and 6 irons. Could do with less area and more depth! The greens were a bit on the slow side, but consistant. I also found it difficult to judge distances and, as a result, kept hitting short of the greens.
Played with my father in law and brother in law in June, and I would echo the earlier comments about the speed of the greens; downhill is never a good option here. This was the 4th time I have played here and I do NOT recognise the comments about paths and signs. It is true that there is no path between the 4th and 18th, but perhaps for a good reason. There is a very obvious path between the 4th and 5th. Each of the separate tees is well marked with hole details, SI and yardages, and I cannot see how anyone could get that confused and still blame the course. We have in the past gone from the 2nd to the 7th but it was immediately clear that we had made a mistake. (The yardages are pretty good too.) I think that there has been a continued effort to invest in the course in recent years; it isn't perfect but it is trying. Keeping enough sand in the bunkers is clearly a difficulty. However, our complaint was only at being behind a society of 8 separate 4 balls, meaning that the long walk took the very best part of 5 hours. This might just have been mentioned when we booked. In summary, well worth a look on a 2 Fore 1, bit pricy without.
Played Moatlands for the first time on 14 March 2005 and it is obviously characterised by the many and huge bunkers. It also has terrific greens, which were easily the quickest I have played since Wentworth last summer - it took maybe half dozen holes to get the pace. However, the course IS tatty in places (particularly the paths, or lack of them) and the main criticism I have is the lack of signs directing visitors from green to the next tee. Unfortunately for us, that meant that we unwittingly played the 4th followed by the 18th and before we knew it, we then found ourselves on the 10th tee cutting in front of a member fourball. Luckily, the members were very nice about it and let us jump in but we were then under pressure not to hold them up for the next 3 or 4 holes and the whole episode did knock us out of our rhythm. We then played 10 to 17 before cutting back across to the course to the 5th tee. Unfortunately, there is now a member two-ball just walking on to the 4th green. Again, they were nice about it but again we felt under pressure to speed along so as not to hold them up. All in all, what should been a relaxed experience turned out to be rather spoiled but we found the members and the staff to be very pleasant and helpful.
I have had the pleasure of playing Moatlands on a number of occasions. It is a wonderful and interesting course, if a little tatty round the edges. With more sand than the Sahara desert I am sure it takes some maintaining, but the staff seem to do a good job. The only sour note is the attitutde of the staff in the pro-shop. Everytime I go tot he club there is some niggle or comment made that makes you think they they do not welcome golfers. On this last occasion they insisted on players wearing white socks....and the pro's boast was that he had sold 6 pairs already that day. Sadly the arrogance of the staff at this course let it down badly - I certainly would ever run the risk of holding a corporate golf day there for fear of putting off my clients. The fairways are in reasonable condition, but very tatty at the edges, the greens are in excellent condition, but the tee furniture and paths are in an appauling state. It is easy to see why this club consistently loses money, with so many better clubs around.
I recently played this course with a two-for-one voucher and was immediately impressed by the friendly response to my initail telephone enquiry and also the welcome in the pro shop on the day. This is certainly a quality course with plenty of course management required but be warned, it's a long slog!Although the total yardage is not that long off the yellows, the course stretches over a very big area (the walk from the clubhouse to the driving range/first tee will give you an idea!). Some of the distances between holes are quite long (eg 9-10)and when you get there you'll need time to locate your tee as the teeing grounds are very long. Our round took 4 and a half hours with no hold-ups, and we're no slouches! Another gripe: the bunkers; do they really need to be so massive? Overall I would recommend trying this course as an experience, but unless you're super-fit you'll want a buggy
Members very friendly and welcoming which made it a pleasure. We played the course after a few days of heavy rain. The course was damp in plcaes but very good considering. I would say the course is in limbo at the moment. There was a lot of work going on and by the summer or possibly next year I think the course will be in excellent condition. Most of the holes were interesting and made you think. I would definitely return if not for the golf for the friendly welcome.
Played this course on a Sunday afternoon after a few days of snow and then heavy rain. It was in great condition. The greens were well maintained for January and there was no hint of standing water on the course. The course is quite hilly which delivers the pleasure of playing downhill to at least 5 greens. I will be back.
Moatlands golf course was up until a year or so ago, going very very down hill, word had got about that the course was becoming run down and diease ridden. However upon playing there recently i was absolutely amazed at the state of the course, it was like a comletely different course, the greens are lush and the course is in excellent conditiom. On asking how it had been turned around so fantastically in just two years i was told it was down to a new course manager, whom i believe is called Tony Seal and his excellent team. I think he has done an admirable job, and suggest that everyone makes the effort to visit the course, which i would now rate as one of the best i have ever played.
I played this course because fo the review I saw on this website. And it's an excellent course - plenty of good holes and superb landscaping. The greens were a bit rough, but nothing to spoil the round - plenty of sand and water to keep you interested. And at £29 a head, superb value - cheaper than the London Club up the road, and arguably beter laid out. I strongly reccomend you try this course at least once - you'll go back for more.
An excellent course in all respects.The course has a superb drainage system allowing play throughout the year.The bunkers are legendary, and are well positioned to catch the over enthusiastic golfer. The course marshall is very effective in ensuring that speed of play is maintained at all times. Members are very friendly, and visitors are made to feel very welcome.I highly recommend this as one of the best courses in Kent.
An absolute gem. Beautiful parkland course built on the hills of the moatland estate. Superb work by the green keepers ensure this course is in excellent condition, with its emerald green fairways and emaculate greens a must for any serious golfer. Be carefull of the long par 4 8th were you are unsighted for the second shot, the old Victorian bath house in the middle of the fairway on the par 4 10th, your second shot on the 14th between two trees guarding the green and finally the signiture 18th, with its 3 acres of bunkers and a green guarded by a absolute monster of a bunker known as the 'Gobi' bunker, land in the middle of this beast and expect a long time raking up as I found out. A memorable day out plus great facilities and clubhouse to.
great course with stunning greens and it's very, very long. Let down by some snooty members who expect you to play at 500 miles an hour.
An excellent course in good condition. The course has been designed to blend in with the countryside, with many interesting and varied holes. Thoroughly recommended.
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