One of the differences from the original course which golfers may notice concerns the greens. These have been designed with more undulation than the original putting surfaces. This will challenge the long game as well as the chipping and putting and will require the golfer to exercise more thought in the placement of shots.
The design has focused upon limiting earth movement to a minimum in order to produce a layout which blends in with the historic parkland rather than grating with it. This will also retain the original feel of the golf course which was traditional in style and construction. Indeed, a significant and welcome objective has been the return of the landscape to parkland style.
One of the main attributes of the new course, from 1997, is that there are no weak holes in the layout which means that the overall eighteen form a very solid and enjoyable test of golf.
In 2003 the Club hosted the Kent Amateur Championship and in 2004, the course joined the select group of 16 clubs which host regional qualifying for The Open Championship. We acquire independent reports on a regular basis and use these to continually improve the course. Testament to this was being appointed by England Golf to host the England v France International match and the Brabazon Southern Qualifier in May 2012.
Donald Steel attended the match and commented…
“The staging of an event as important as England’s match with France is another stamp of approval for Rochester & Cobham and showed how well the course’s challenge appeals to all tastes and skills. There is plenty of reward for fine play but, at a less exalted level, there are no daunting carries, no hidden terrors, no endless searching for balls and no vast water hazards. It teases rather than torments, the overwhelming feeling is of a delightful place to play”
Its choice for these events further develops its reputation as arguably the finest inland course in the county, and one that will only improve as the years go by.