Date Played: August 8, 2012
4.0 out of
At $40 with the Tee Time Book, it is a real bargain--plus a huge challenge! As I've stated before, this course is not for the feint of heart. It has the look and feel of true Scottish links, and it is a shot-makers layout. The tips are 7480 with a slope and rating of 77.1/153. If you are going to play this course, invest in a yardage book so you know where to place the ball. If you're a "grip-it-and-rip it" player, avoid the course. But, if you want a challenge, a course you have to think through each shot, and beautiful to play, Royal New Kent is it. There were a couple of fairways with GUR, but most were in great shape. Some bunkers needed work, as it was hardpan or had eroded a bit with pebbles coming to the top. The greens were in great shape and rolling very true. The only thing noticeable about the greens were that the first cut was much darker--almost painted looking--which gave the greens a dramatic look, but when you got to the green you could see they lost some grass. Remember, rolling fairways and mounding on and around the holes with plenty of native grasses, pines, bushes, and other high grasses and plants. Stay in the fairway!! Great staff, very accommodating. I don't know why I like this course so much--it always eats my lunch and I don't play it particularly well--but I really like the look and feel and the challenge. We played in 4 hours on a Wednesday morning.