The parkland course at Knole Park is one of the limited, but highly regarded, designs of renowned architect JF Abercromby. It opened for play in 1924 and enjoys a wonderful location in a gently undulating 1,000-acre deer park. Next door is Knole House, a fabulous former archbishop’s palace inhabited by the Sackville family since 1603.
When golf was first mooted at Knole, Abercromby was up against the legendary James Braid for the design job, and it was the former’s anti-clockwise loop with just one starting point that won the day. With The par-4 3rd the benefit of some lengthening about 50 years ago, the course is still largely as it was, with one of its key assets its diversity throughout. No two holes are the same, and although several of the six par 3s have a similar yardage, they all have a different feel.
Unusually, the course begins with a short hole, albeit one that usually requires a hybrid at least. The other five come at regular intervals with the most memorable being the lovely 5th, played over a valley up to a perfectly sited green, and the very pretty 8th with its adjacent pond. Other