Poult Wood has a reputation for being one of the finest quality Pay & Play courses in the South of England. Set in picturesque woodland, three miles north of Tonbridge, Poult Wood offers a choice of two interesting and challenging courses with Golf Warden on hand, reserved tee time and a great restaurant and bar,…
Poult Wood has a reputation for being one of the finest quality Pay & Play courses in the South of England. Set in picturesque woodland, three miles north of Tonbridge, Poult Wood offers a choice of two interesting and challenging courses with Golf Warden on hand, reserved tee time and a great restaurant and bar, ideal for the regular or casual golfer. Five and Seven Day Memberships are available for those wishing to maximise their time on the course.
The 18 Hole par 68 Course is 5,524 yards (5,050 metres) and offers a well balanced blend of par 3s, 4s and a par 5.
The 9 Hole par 3 is a high quality course of 1,221 yards (1,171 metres), starting and finishing in ancient woodland, with many holes giving panoramic views across the Weald of Kent.
There is also a putting green and a driving range which is ideal for warming up before your round or working on particular aspects of your game. If you are interested in taking part in competitions, why not also consider joining Poult Wood Golf Club.
- Pro Shop: Yes
- Driving Range: Yes
- Chipping Area: Yes
- Putting Green: Yes
- Buggy Hire: Yes
- Pull-cart Hire: Yes
- Club Hire: Yes
- Teaching Pro: Yes
- Walking Allowed: Yes
- Cards Accepted: Yes
- Policy Here: No
- Dress Code: Proper attire required
- Website: www.tmactive.co.uk/poult-wood
- Telephone: +44 (0)1732 364039
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: Higham Ln, Tonbridge TN11 9QX
Adult Weekdays – £18.00
Adult Weekends – £24.00
History of Tonbridge Swimming Pool
Tonbridge Town Swimming Pool was officially opened by Colonel Herbert Spender-Clay, MP for Tonbridge, on Saturday 9 July 1910 to an Edwardian audience to whom mixed bathing was a very new and fascinating concept.
At the opening of this, the country’s first heated outdoor pool, a first class ‘single bath’ cost 3d (that’s 1p in today’s money) and a second class bath was 1d (just half a penny). There were also very strict regulations on how the pool could be used as the rules and regulations stated:
- Bathers paying first-class charges will be allowed on both sides of the Bath and will be entitled to use the Dressing Boxes and Sheds on the North Side and West End.
- Bathers paying second-class charges will only be allowed to bathe from the South Side and use the diving board and stage at the East End and the shed at the West End. They will not be allowed to land on the first-class side, nor make use of the facilities reserved for first-class bathers.
- Every Bather must wear drawers or a bathing costume.
- Soap will not be allowed to be used in the Bath .
- Dogs will not be admitted.
Thankfully, soap and dogs are still not allowed in the pool but how times have changed!
Tonbridge Swimming Club 1910 – image courtesy of Frank Chapman
1913 Polo Gala – photographs courtesy of Tonbridge Historical Society
The Daily Mail brought the pool to the attention of the nation in the 1920s after a councillor objected to Tonbridge Swimming Club’s request for men and women to be allowed to swim together from 6am to 10am on Sundays, thus breaching the council’s rule to keep the sexes apart.
A speech by Councillor Donald Clark of Tonbridge, a former Scots Guard officer, which was reported in the local newspaper, caught the eye of the Daily Mail – especially his explanation that he objected “not because I am a Puritan, but in the interests of ladies looking for husbands.”
He said that “By making girls look like wet terriers, mixed bathing stops more marriages than any other cause and much unrest in the country due to the barbarous license in woman’s dress”. Clark was subsequently hired by the Daily Mail to travel around coastal resorts to comment on beach behaviour.
This whole episode lead to a mixed bathing protest by a local Tonbridge resident. An elderly woman carrying an umbrella mounted the pool’s high diving-stage and began a shrill denunciation of mixed bathing and the spectators who encouraged it by their presence. She was pushed into the pool by an indignant bather and had to be rescued!
Mr Clark declared that, from what he had seen, strict Government supervision of bathing places was needed, because mixed bathing “must always have a debasing influence by lowering the respect that should remain between the sexes.”
It all came to nothing when the swimming club’s request was approved by the council, and the sexes swam together for the first time in July 1920.
Tonbridge swimmers still revel in their memories of the original baths which were used by borough residents for 80 years! Local resident Christina Lawrence’s mother Gladys Lawrence, nee Larkin, was a pupil at the Girls Technical Institute, Avebury Avenue in the late 1920s and spent many cold hours learning to swim at the pool. The pictures below show Gladys lying out on the 6ft diving board – very brave as, as the time, she couldn’t swim a stroke! They also depict teacher Miss Cherry in the white hat and dress, who later, as Mrs Cobell, taught at Tonbridge Secondary Modern now Hillview.
Clubhouse Bar & Restaurant
Poult Wood’s Clubhouse is open to golfers and non golfers alike. The focal point is the Bar and Restaurant on the first floor which has a relaxed atmosphere and comfortable surroundings. The Restaurant extends into a light airy conservatory where we offer a wide range of hot and cold food from lunchtime snacks to bespoke menus for special events. Traditional Sunday lunch is particularly popular so please be sure to book in advance.
In the Clubhouse Bar you can sit back, relax and exchange tales of missed putts, and hooked shots. Alternatively you can use it as your local without playing a stroke of golf and enjoy good company and a full range of beers, wine and spirits – Sky Sports is available in the main bar.