The county of Kent boast the world’s most famous white cli s, vast sandy beaches and its lush countryside is often referred to as being the Garden of England. It is also home to three Open Championship venues.
David Whyte travels to the county of Kent to play three Open Championship courses as well as some lesser known gems and uncovers a connection they share with the creator of James Bond.
The county of Kent is divided from France by a mere 21 miles of English Channel. Ten thousand years ago there was no Channel, just a wide, sandy expanse known as Doggerland. The melting waters of the Ice Age put an end to Doggerland and in a stroke gave the British continental holidays – as well as the game of golf!
As the ice melted and the enormous ice pressure lifted, Britain was separated from the rest of Europe and the coastal margins rose to reveal long stretches of lovely sandy beach that are now a ectionately known as linksland.
And for that very reason, Kent’s easternmost corner became ideal for the game of ball and stick. When London’s earliest courses such as Blackheath and the London Scottish Club in Wimbledon became overcrowded, the capital’s gentry went looking for their nearest point of relief and lo and behold, by the Kentish coastal villages of Deal and Sandwich and just a couple of hours from the capital on the new-fangled steam trains, here was the ideal terrain.