The STGC is not only a unique golf club in the United Kingdom, but we play on what many consider to be one of the finest parkland courses in Kent.
Our course at Knole Park is located within 1000 acres of outstanding parkland, which is home to Knole House, a renowned National Trust property, and the finest deer herd in the South East. Knole House, together with Knole Park itself, provides the perfect backdrop to this challenging course, that was designed by J Abercromby in consultation with James Braid, and has been played and enjoyed by the Sevenoaks Town Golf Club for over 75 years.
Sevenoaks Town Golf Club play at Knole Park Golf course. A quality course of just less than 6,500 yards from the Green (back) tees, with a par of 70 and a standard scratch of 71. It’s a course steeped in history and a truly inspiring place to play. Named as one of the top 100 courses in England by golf magazines, it’s the home of the Kent Cob Open Competition, and has hosted the British Senior Amateur and the English Girls Championships.
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The Sevenoaks Town Golf Club was founded in 1928, conceived by a dozen or so of the town`s tradesmen, who used the local inns as their 19th hole. Lord Lionel Bertram Sackville had given permission to the Town club to use Knole Park Golf Course as their home.
Within five years these few members had raised some £60.00, by interest-free loan, to purchase a portable hut, and obtained permission to erect the first clubhouse.
Structural improvements and additions followed year by year, and although the demands of the Second World War forced the love of golf far from the minds of its members, peace in 1945 rekindled the enthusiasm of those who returned.
Over the years, the Club has grown in stature and numbers.
Today Sevenoaks Town Golf Club is a relaxed and friendly club, run by the members for the members. It is unique within the U.K. for being a club without a course, but having the benefit of being able to play golf at Knole Park Golf Course.
Competitions are played on a weekly basis, along with inter-club matches with home and away legs taking place throughout the summer.
Our course is located in one of the very few remaining deer parks in England, which dates back 500 years. Knole Park Golf Course sits pretty within 1,000 acres of outstanding parkland, with an intriguing Renaissance mansion as a backdrop.
There are far-reaching views over the North Downs and a round of golf here offers an enjoyable blend of challenging holes, history and nature. In 1538 Henry VIII, who enjoyed hunting in Kent, decided that he liked Knole so much, he forced the Archbishop of Canterbury to hand over the house to him.
The golfer should be warned the course is lined with bracken that grows to a man’s height in the summer, and will most definitely affect the average golfer’s score if he strays from the fairway. Added to this, between 800 and 1,000 deer help to keep the grass short, much to the annoyance of the green keeper; this makes for some very tight lies on the fairway.
The Beatles visited Knole in 1967 to make a promotional film for their latest ‘double A sided’ release of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’. This film is now regarded as being the first Pop Video.
Both ‘stories’ had filming near what was the Owl House, which is just at the back of Knole House, tucked between the 7th fairway and the 8th tee. It is now someones home.
For ‘Penny Lane’ they rode horses through the archway, which was part of the folly at the rear of the Owl House and around the corner towards the 7th fairway.
After that, the video shows them having some sort of picnic next to the pond beside the short Par 3. The pond is now very overgrown so it’s difficult to reach the exact spot where they sat. Most STGC golfers will recognise this spot with the pond, the 8th hole and the large wall which has recently been rebuilt.