KNOLE PARK

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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

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