Visit Kent has launched www.golfinkent.co.uk to promote the county as one of England’s top golfing destinations offering outstanding golf courses, a wide range of golfing accommodation and a rich variety of off-course attractions. The ‘Garden of England’ possesses a long tradition and history of golf that dates back to over a century ago and boasts over 100 courses, including three Open Championship venues.
The creation of the new site dedicated to golf in Kent is part of Visit Kent’s ongoing strategy to build on the county’s strong golfing legacy and capitalize on the recent successful staging of The Open Championship at Royal St George’s in 2011.
Testament to the quality of its courses, Kent has hosted an incredible 17 Opens over the years, the first of which in 1894 at Royal St George’s marked the first time the prestigious major had been held outside Scotland. Since then The Open has returned to Royal St George’s 13 times whilst Royal Cinque Ports staged the global event in 1909 and 1920 and nearby Prince’s hosted it in 1932.
Littlestone and North Foreland, part of the Regal Five on the east coast, have also played their part in Kent’s rich golf history as venues for numerous Open Qualifying tournaments and various notable amateur championships.
Cheryl Parker, head of development, partnerships and funding at Visit Kent stated, “Golfinkent.co.uk has given the county a much needed showcase for its first class golf offering. After all the ‘Garden of England’ has a golfing pedigree that goes back over 100 years and boasts a trio of Open Championship venues, traditional links layouts and some notable lowland and parkland courses that make it one of England’s most attractive and diverse golfing destinations. We are confident that the new website will drive increased traffic to Kent where golfers will not only enjoy our courses but the plethora of other attractions of which we are so proud.”