August 2017 - Fond memories… from Chris Durrant:
"I was forwarded a link by a friend today showing the wonderful Carvery served at the Club. I currently play at Haywards Heath in West Sussex and it brought back fond memories from the days I played for Hereford as a junior against Kington and Leominster. My family were all members at Kington for a number of years and we all enjoyed the challenge that Kington was and I'm sure still is. I had a look at your webpage which was very informative and I particularly liked the Birds Eye video. Back in 1979 I entered your Open Challenge Cup. I remember it being a very warm day and indeed a challenge as 36 holes at Kington is. Everything seemed to click on the day and I was lucky enough to win the competition on count back. Having viewed your Website I was quite surprised to see that you have a record of the past winners which is nice to see. My mother still lives in Hereford and my Brother and I played at Wormsley recently but having seen your Club website it has certainly whetted my appetite and I would love to play at Kington again. I presume a call to the pro shop to check available tee times with a valid handicap certificate would be acceptable? Kind Regards, Chris Durrant".
July 2017 - "... what a terrific day ..."
Just a quick note to say thanks for yesterday.
We played Kington as a birthday treat for 3 of us, as all our birthdays were within two weeks, and we wanted to play somewhere a bit special. Trust me, we were not disappointed.
We arrived early and had a light lunch in the clubhouse. The bar manager was really welcoming and we sat on the verandah and watched a few guys play the 18th. Whilst there we chatted with four guys who had just come up from Oxford to play a two day competition. They told us we would enjoy the course and said the greens especially were in superb condition.
Four hours later, we sat in the car discussing what a terrific day we had had. Whilst not a long course, you have to think your way around it. Being straight helps enormously. The views are quite breathtaking and certainly lived up our high expectations. The sheep on every hole added to the experience.
You and your partner were very friendly and welcoming both before we played, giving us a few tips for playing, and after the round. We will definitely return as this experience has certainly given us a taste for more.
July 2017 - "... extremely friendly and welcoming ..."
"Dear Mr Venables,
I just wanted to pass on my compliments on your club - I'm sure you get many!
Myself and a friend played 18 holes on Tuesday June 20th and from start to finish had a lovely experience.
Your pro, Sarah is a delight and a breath of fresh air, the course (which I first played 35 years ago!!) is in great condition and the bar manager was really enthusiastic about his beer!!
The members we met were extremely friendly and welcoming. A lot of courses treat visitors as second class citizens - you don't.
I'm fortunate to be a member at Royal Porthcawl which has a similar ethos - traditional without being stuffy.
Keep up the good work.
Flint & Cook Estate Agents"
June 2017 – Top 100 Golf Courses "BiteSize"
Kington Golf Club: "… England's unsung golf courses, headed by Kington, which is not only England's highest 18-hole golf course, but also one of the country's true hidden gems …"
View the Bitesize Report HERE
View the full Top 10 Report HERE
February 2017: Review by Rob Smith of Golf Monthly - Click Here
"England’s highest 18-hole course is blessed with perhaps the finest golf views in the country…"
January 2017: Destination Golf UK "Five of the Best - Bunkerless Courses" - Click HERE
February 2016: Kington Golf Club - 28th in the Top 100 - Click Here
Extract from National Club Golfer's "Top 100 golf courses under £100 in GB"
"There’s something quite remarkable about Kington. It has what I call the 'Double Q' factor; Quirk and Quality."
September 11, 2015
Great day at your course today. The course was in it's usual lovely condition but just as important the welcome we received was second to none. The meal was very nice and we were attended to by very friendly and helpful staff. Well done! We'll be back!
Tony Cope & Friends
"Top 5 Golf Courses in Herefordshire 2015"
Kington has retained its position as number one in Herefordshire in the Top 100 Golf Courses.
"Kington is a course that revels in something approaching cult status, with architect Tom Doak recently becoming a fan. As the architect says in the latest edition of his book "The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses", "if you enjoy seeing something different, you'll remember Kington long after you've forgotten some of the championship links".
Reputed to be the highest in England, the course lies on Bradnor Hill, with generally wide, largely unshaped fairways playing to bunkerless, narrow greens. It's a quirky layout that won't appear to everybody but if ever a course was designed to afford a fun round of golf then Kington is that very layout.
Hi, just a note to say thank you to everyone that helped me out last week when I locked my keys in my car, especially Sarah in the Pro shop.
I was able with confidence to leave the situation in her hands whilst I teed off with my Society friends to really enjoy your challenging course. I thought the course was in excellent condition and the weather treated us kindly as well.
The helpfulness and friendly atmosphere at the Club was a delight. I will look forward to returning whenever I can.
M.D Lethal Mandates Society
Good evening to everyone concerned with your wonderful golf course.
We were recommended to come to Kington by two of our friends so nine of us booked in at the Burton Hotel and added two rounds of golf at Kington. I can honestly say from start to finish it has been a fantastic two day break. The course is stunning and maintained by friendly green keepers and quite a few sheep (we are going to advise our home Club to get some!). The greens are true and wickedly fast - a badly judged putt gets what it deserves! The views from the 7th match any views anywhere in the country. Your pro is informative, friendly and polite and your steward, Paul, is a asset to your Club and shook everyone's hands and invited us back - something we will be doing as soon as possible.
Many thanks to you all can't wait to come back.
Clive Barker and his party
Grim's Dyke Golf Club
Golf Monthly – Limited Edition Subscribers’ Issue January 2014
"A golfer’s guide to the Welsh Marches" by Rob Smith
“Despite the lack of sand and its modest length, the course is protected by the need to approach its greens from exactly the right angle; from the uphill drive at 1st where you need to stay right, to the tempting and drivable part-4 closing holes. There is also great variety and the five short holes are particularly strong. This was the 469th course I have played in England and I am happy to sum it up by saying that if there is an inland course with finer views anywhere in the country, I have yet to play it.”
Elaine & Brad Willetts
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our round at Kington today.
It's the first time we have played the course and we were really impressed with the condition of the course, the stunning views and also how friendly all the members and staff were’
I am sure we will be back soon
Elaine & Brad Willetts
10 January, 2014
Herefordshire and Worcester Golfer Magazine – December 2013 Issue
In the December 2013 edition of the Golfer Kington Golf Club has a very special mention by “The Glove”
Who is “The Glove”?
“The Glove “is a clandestine player who visits a Club and enjoys its hospitality for the day. The aim is to let you know what to expect when you visit the same course. It’s not about finding negative points wither. “The Glove” just wants you to enjoy your golf. So if the course is fairly tough or easy “The Glove” will let you know.
“The Glove” will also be checking our restaurant and Club facilities.
Read the whole article by going to www.golfer-online.co.uk. Click on The Glove and in the lefthand column click on Issue 10 which reviews Kington Golf Club.
Howard Bentham & Friends - August, 2013
There are not many golf courses in the world that have that special combination of extraordinary geography - the sort of place that leaves you completely transfixed by its breathtaking beauty - and a welcome so warm that you feel like you are playing at your home Club. Kington Golf Club is one of these special places.
In my experience the course is always in excellent condition with tricky greens that will challenge even the lowest handicappers.
But it is the 360 degree panoramic view that you have to experience for yourself - however good your powers of description - I defy you to find words that can do justice to the sight that will greet you on Hill Top. Enjoy!
Howard Bentham & Friends - August 2013
Thanks for great round of golf
I just wanted to say thanks for a great round of golf on Saturday. The whole group really enjoyed it. The course was great and you and the rest of the staff at the club made us feel very welcome. Thanks again
Andy & Claire Madden - August 2013
The Yew Tree Golf Society
Just to say thank you for a good day's golf yesterday - everybody enjoyed playing the course. The greens were really good and I don't know how you manage to keep the sheep off them! The chaps particularly enjoyed the 18th which produced two eagles!
Thank you for all your help in making the day such a success
I forgot to mention the spectacular views! I think you should produce a mountain guide as well as your course guide so we can identify all the mountains - but then that would probably slow down play!
Cass - Organiser of the Yew Tree Society
Phil Smalling and Friends
What a great day yesterday at Kington thank you.
Everything about the day was faultless, please pass my thanks to everyone at the Club – friendly barman, great food and service, friendly members and a welcoming Pro shop.
Possibly the most testing conditions we have ever played in but that’s what it’s all about !!
A great day was had by all. Thank you
OBAGS Society - 41st Year of Visiting Kington Golf Club
I discovered Kington Golf Club as a student on a cricket tour of the area back in 1959. In 1973 a friend and I wanted a break and I suggested a few days golf at Kington. We fell in love with it and decided to return on a regular basis bringing more of our friends and that's how it all started. In the early years we visited twice a year, but in recent years our annual pilgrimage is in May. So this year is our 41st year of visiting the club.
Kington GC is unique. There can't be another course like it in the world - just beautiful, majestic views and not easy despite its relatively short length. But the striking thing is the welcome, hospitality and friendship of the members and staff over the years. In appreciation we donated a gallon of whisky to the club some years ago to be raffled to raise funds for the watering system. You will also see the bench overlooking the 18th green, which we presented to the club 10 years ago on the occasion of our 30th year of visits. More recently, when Ken Lewis was Captain, we presented our Coat of Arms shield, which is still in place to the left above the bar.
Another record is that 2013 is the 26th consecutive year we have stayed at the Burton Hotel in the town. John and his staff are all lovely, very good food with excellent wine list and the bar prices are much less than we are used to paying nearer to London. There is also a 6 hole astroturf putting course and, free for those so inclined, a lovely swimming pool with leisure and fitness centre.
There cannot be a better place to visit in England for a golfing break or holiday. We shall all continue to come for as long as we are able, and thanks to all again for your warm welcome.
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’!
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