Praise from a first time visiting golfer
Myself and a friend decided to come and play golf at Kington recently after hearing lots of excellent reports from friends. We were not disappointed, the course is one of the most interesting I have played and found it a tough but fair challenge. The greens are some of the very best I have played on in years and we found the Pro Shop and Clubhouse staff most friendly and welcoming. Thanks to everyone at Kington for a really enjoyable day.
Grim's Dyke Golf Club High Handicap Section
The Grim’s Dyke G.C. High Handicap Section have just returned from our annual tour arranged through The Burton Hotel. We were once again privileged to play at Kington. This is the fifth time we have visited your Club, although we have only managed to play four times as last year the Course was closed due to the heavy weather which made the 18th green looked more like a duck pond that a golf green!
This year we were blessed with exceptional weather only matched by the very warm welcome we received from everyone at the course including Members, the Pro and last but not least your Steward. The course as usual was exceptional, in very good condition, and if you were unlucky enough to play badly you could stand and admire the views.
Please thank everyone concerned and we look forward to returning about the same time next year.
England’s Highest Golf Course Offers Club Golfers A Treat
I don’t pretend to have played many “record breaking”, or “record standing” courses, but I have played at England’s highest 18 hole course, Kington Golf Club, in Herefordshire. Nestling on the Welsh Border Kington has some of the most stunning views I have ever seen on a golf course, including the Brecon Beacons National Park, as well, as a section alongside Offa’s Dyke.
But what I remember most about Kington was the 18th hole. It is, quite simply, one of the most wonderful finishing holes I have ever played. It’s a par 4, 283 yards and is called The Quarry. From an elevated tee you look straight down the fairway at the green set in front of the Clubhouse. In fact, it all looks very simple, until you realise the fairway slopes massively from left to right, meaning if you aim straight, you end up bouncing off the fairway and into the trees and gorse (of which there is plenty at Kington).
If you aim left, which you should do, you hit the ball towards a large hill that runs alongside the 18th hole, the natural gradient running the ball like a bowl towards the green. Of course you are in the lap of the Gods with how it will finish up, but what fun! I stood with my 3-wood and cracked a beauty towards the hill. On pitching, the ball must still have been about 180 yards from the green. But on landing and kicking right, it ran on and on and on and on. It was great to watch. I ended up on the front of the green .... but predictably three putted!!
A fine and warming Clubhouse helped make the Kington experience a good one and I recommend the course to you, should be on holiday or on business in Herefordshire. Just like Crail, I imagine on a windy day, Kington can be a real test!
Courtesy of Mike Bacon
Golf Correspondent – East Anglian Daily Times
Choosing Which New Golf Club To Join
As a keen golfer I spent a lot of time researching the local golf courses when I moved into the area last year. I was looking for a course which would challenge my skills and have 18 ‘different’ holes thus requiring variety in shot-making and course management whilst being fun to play. Plus the course had to be in consistently good condition, especially the greens, and be playable all year round. I found all these at Kington Golf Club, with the added bonus of the most stunning scenery even on those cold winter mornings! At over 1250 feet high it is closer to golfing heaven (both metaphorically and literally!) than any course I came across in my hunt, although surprisingly it was easy walking.
The unknown about joining a new club is what will the ‘club’ be like? Most golfers are friendly but to my pleasure I found that the Kington golfers are extremely welcoming. The welcome goes beyond my fellow members. Within a week of joining, Dan (the Pro) and Paul, behind the bar, were greeting me by name. I could sit in the clubhouse watching players challenge the unique 18th, whilst eating a superb toasted sandwich – like sitting with your friends in your favourite ‘local’!
Kington Golf Club New Member