Ashford is a golfer’s golf course for the connoisseur and a delight to the eye in all seasons. Members take a special pride in the quality of its layout and presentation.
First laid out in 1926 and with modifications some 30 years ago to accommodate land taken for the M20 motorway it is now a mature inland parkland course.
Design And Layout
The course features a woodland edge, fairways ranging from 25 to 35 yards in width, smallish greens and standing or running water on 13 holes.
A glance at the card of the course may tempt the stronger golfer to believe that with modern technique and equipment the course can be overpowered. This rarely happens. Par is always a good score. The amateur course record is 66 by Danny Holmes of Wrotham Heath (+2) and the professional course record is 62 by Richard Wallis (Walmer and Kingsdown) and have stood for many years.
For the handicap golfer with more modest ambitions you will find a good test of your course management and short game skills, but without being concerned at losing too many golf balls.
The course guide provided by our PGA Professional Chris Wood gives some handy tips and hints.
Agronomy And Presentation
Kevin Hayward our Course Manager has over 20 years in depth experience of the course agronomy. With his dedicated team he works tirelessly to present the course in its best condition in all seasons.
The course committee has adopted a policy of continuous investment and improvement in the course. For 2012 the main investment was a new borehole to ensure, insofar as possible, that we can maintain our greens in tip top condition against the possibility of a continuing drought.
Trees to love
On the 7th This little birch is one for the future, coming into play on the left from the tee.
Trees to love
On the 12th, another lovely oak close to the tee catches many stray tee shots.