Founded in 1893 the beautifully located Westgate & Birchington Golf Club is situated on Canterbury Road, between the seaside towns of Westgate-on-Sea and Birchington, and just a short drive from Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs.
The compact and testing 18 hole course measures 4,877 yards and is suitable for players of all ages and standards. Due to the seaside location the course remains in brilliant condition year-round and provides stunning views over the cliffs across the sea.
The club is well known locally for its relaxed and friendly clubhouse. Available for private hire with catering that is regarded amongst the best in the region. We are proud to have been retained by the club to assist in their enhanced proposition which provides an excellent environment and opportunity to showcase your business and engage with the many new and existing visitors to the course.
- 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.westgate-and-birchington-golfclub.co.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)1843 831115
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: 176 Canterbury Rd, Westgate-on-Sea CT8 8LT
The Clubhouse at Westgate and Birchington is open daily, offering refreshments to members and visiting golfers alike. The dining area, seating up to sixty diners, affords beautiful views over the course while the lounge and the bar are the perfect places to relax after a round of golf.
The land now occupied by the golf club was originally part of Westgate Farm. The land was first sold for building purposes but by the 1890’s there had been a slow- down in building and the land stood idle. The owners, Coutt’s Bank, did not want the land to become overgrown and unkempt; therefore the land was leased for the use by the Westgate-on-Sea Golf Association.
The newly laid-out 6 hole course was opened on Saturday 20th May 1893. Over time, the course extended to the other side of the railway line. By 1908 there were 9 holes.
In 1913 a limited company was formed which took control of the course and remodelled it.
By 1919, when the club came up for auction, it had 18 holes. It was purchased by Arthur Read. Arthur Read’s son, Ivor, succeeded his father and was Club Secretary for many years.
The club house was opened in 1924. Up until the Second World War, it wasn’t just golf that was available; there were 22 tennis courts. Numerous tournaments were played on them, including the Isle of Thanet Championship.
There have always been many golfing competitions and the club has many trophies. A large number of these trophies originated at the Hengrove Golf Club situated just south of Westgate, which closed during the Second World War. Many of their members then joined Westgate and Birchington Golf Club.
The 1966 Official Club Handbook stated that the club has always recognised its role as part of a holiday resort and has sought to be a warm and friendly social centre; a policy that continues today.