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Bearsted Golf Club Official Club Brochure 2012/2013

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Welcome 5 History 7 Becoming a Member 11 Benefits of Membership 13 Playing Categories 15 Visitors 21 Golf Societies 23 Open Competitions 29 The Clubhouse 31

Social Activities 33 The Course 35 Tour the Course 37 Pro Shop 43 Tuition 45 Practice Facilities 47 How to Find Us 49 Contact Us 50 • T: 08707 707 765 • E: • Bearsted Golf Club and Pinnacle wish to thank the businesses who appear in this publication for their support and wish them every success in deriving business from its circulation. The contents of this book are believed to be correct at the time of printing, nevertheless, we cannot endorse and readers should not rely solely upon the accuracy of any statements or claims contained herein without prior consultation with the service provider.

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Welcome Bearsted is a friendly members’ club established in 1895, with a superb parkland course set in the shadow of the North Downs in Kent, providing a good test of golfing ability to members and visitors alike. We welcome societies and green fee or match visitors, and offer superb facilities and excellent food and drink in our clubhouse which was rebuilt for the Millennium. Members benefit from the many features associated with a members’ golf club, including an entry swipe card which offers a discount at our two bars, an excellent restaurant, and a full programme of competitions, matches, and social functions. In addition, we also have reciprocal agreements allowing members reduced price weekday access to play at a selection of other members’ clubs in Kent. We welcome guests, societies and visiting teams to enjoy our splendid course and well-appointed clubhouse. The course stretches to 6,381 off the white tees, its par of 71 offering a fair test to golfers of all abilities. The greens, built to USGA-specifications, are renowned for their quality. Our club is situated on the outskirts of Maidstone, less than two miles from either Junction 7 or 8 off the M20, making it easily accessible from a wide area.

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History Bearsted Golf Club dates back to 1895, when it was laid out as a nine-hole course on land owned by Sir George Hampson. It was originally known as Maidstone Golf Club which played at Bearsted until 1914, when the club split into two. Bearsted Golf Club was set up and remained on the present site, while Maidstone Golf Club moved to Oakwood Park where they lasted until closure in 1962. It is of interest that in 1891 another Maidstone Golf Club was formed and still exists today. It is located at East Hampton, New York, and was originally named Maidstone after the Kent town. This is now one of the oldest and most exclusive golf clubs in the United States. Bearsted came into being thanks to the generosity of Sir George Hampson, who made available the original 52 acres of land on which the first nine holes were constructed. A keen golfer, Sir George became the first president of the club and was to be named club captain on no fewer than six occasions. The Bearsted golf course has undergone many changes and improvements over the years, notably in 1923 when the lease of further land allowed the club to enjoy an 18-hole course measuring 5,137 yards.

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History continued To mark the occasion, an exhibition match was played between the great Harry Vardon (six times Open Champion) and Mark Seymour, the professional at Cobham. More than 200 people paid to watch the match, which was duly won by Vardon, who was fortified before play began by the consumption of several large whiskeys! Later, in 1979, after the acquisition of Seager Farm, the course was lengthened still further. Designed by Club Professional Bob Henderson, the official opening of the newly-extended course was marked by a match featuring 30 professionals including Max Faulkner, an Open champion, and former junior member Paul Hoad together with 90 amateur players. Then West Ham and England footballer Trevor Brooking was the special guest. This was not Faulkner’s first visit to enjoy golf at Bearsted. He also played in an exhibition match in 1969 to raise money for Cancer Relief. Bernard Gallagher, Brian Barnes and Nick Job also took part. The club has played host to many exhibition games for charity and Ryder Cup golfers Dai Rees and Peter Alliss were among those to take part in a match in support of the Forces Aid Society in 1965. A feature of Bearsted over the years has been our desire to continue improving both the on-course and off-course experience for members and visitors. Further alterations have brought the course up to its present challenging length of 6,381 yards, par 71. A generous bequest by our neighbour and friend, Kath Seager, allowed us to build the spacious and welcoming clubhouse which is enjoyed by so many. This two-storey building was opened in 2000.


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The club has been home to some talented young golfers over the years. Trevor Osborn, who had started playing at Bearsted at the age of 7, and won the club’s Junior Cup aged 14, turned professional and enjoyed success Down Under, winning the West Australian Open Golf Championship in 1962. Mandy Langford, another young Bearsted member who had been introduced to the game by her father, Lewis, won the English Girls’ Championship in 1974 and went on to represent Kent and England Under-19s before turning professional. She won several events during the course of her career before becoming a notable administrator in the women’s game. Danielle Masters, who had a strong association with the club as a junior, represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup and one of her sweaters from that event in 2004 is proudly on display in the clubhouse. Danielle went on to turn professional and played on the Ladies’ European Tour. In addition, Kent and England cricketing legends Godfrey Evans and Leslie Ames, who were resident in Bearsted, showed their all-round sporting prowess by winning several golf competitions in the 1950s.

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Becoming a Member Bearsted is a members’ golf club - wholly owned by the membership, and run by elected members for the members. We currently have memberships available in all categories at Bearsted including Full Golf Membership (seven days) and Weekday (five day) Golf Membership. Our Secretary, Stuart Turner, or a senior member of the men’s or ladies committees would love to show you around. The categories of membership are designed to accommodate all levels of golfers, with a smooth progression from Junior to Full Adult Membership. Two junior rates (aged 9-13 and 14-17) offer attractive discounts as do the two Intermediate (18-24 and 25-29) age brackets and there are also special memberships for students up to the age of 29 who are in full-time education. All golfing members of Bearsted Golf Club are entitled to use our reciprocal agreements to play on weekdays at reduced rate at these golf clubs: Faversham • Lamberhurst • Mid-Kent • Canterbury • Tenterden • Ashford • Walmer & Kingsdown • Sene Valley • Chestfield Wrotham Heath • Sittingbourne A Social Membership is also available for those non-golfers wishing to make use of our excellent clubhouse facilities. A very warm welcome awaits you - so visit us soon and give it a try, you will not be disappointed. For more details, please call the Secretary on 01622 738198 or email:

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Benefits of Membership The opportunity to play Bearsted’s fine course every day and meet friendly and like-minded golfers who share your passion should be reason enough to persuade you to become a member of our club. There are however, many other compelling reasons why joining us represents an excellent choice: Flexible payment terms No tee bookings (except Sunday mornings) - just turn up and play 10% discount on bar purchases Modern clubhouse with restaurant and bars Full programme of Men’s, Ladies’, Veterans’, Mixed, and Juniors’ competitions, and league and friendly matches Many social functions throughout the year PGA Professional offering expert tuition Well-stocked Pro Shop for all your golfing needs Fine practice facilities Reduced rates to play at a dozen other golf clubs Golf academy for beginners

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Playing Categories Members at Bearsted Golf enjoy a full programme of golf throughout the year. Aside from slots reserved for competitions there are only tee bookings on a Sunday morning, which means that unlike at most clubs you can just turn up and play. Men The Men’s section at Bearsted is fairly strong, with two teams entered in the Kent League, which is a scratch competition featuring four pairs playing fourball betterball matchplay. Always played on a Sunday, matches are followed by a convivial dinner. Bearsted also takes part in the Guilford Trophy, a scratch team knockout throughout East Kent. The club plays in many friendlies, both men and mixed. Generally, there are around 20 fixtures throughout the season, with the away matches providing the opportunity to enjoy some of the county’s other excellent courses. The friendly matches for the men are generally played on a Wednesday and the mixed matches on Sundays, with a dinner to follow. There are also five men’s and mixed knockout competitions running throughout the summer and a Winter League running from October to February.

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Playing Categories continued The most prized trophy is the Club Championship, featuring 18 holes of golf on a Saturday afternoon and another 18 on the following Sunday morning before an agreeable large lunch. The keen golfer in search of a casual and friendly game is never short of company, with informal roll-ups on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Seniors The Over-60s at Bearsted also enjoy league competition, playing in Group 4 of the Kent Golf Veterans League. Home and away matches take place against Gillingham, Mid-Kent, Rochester and Cobham, Sheerness and Sittingbourne. These matches are for players with a maximum handicap of 18, the format is fourball betterball matchplay with five pairs per team and are generally played on a Monday or Friday morning. At the end of the season, there are two further events; the first is when all the teams in Group 4 gather at one of the clubs for an ‘End of Season Jamboree’, the winner being the team with the highest aggregate stableford score; the second is when the league winners of the eight groups in the Kent Golf Veterans League gather for a final play-off. In parallel with these league matches, there is a home and away knockout competition involving clubs throughout Kent.

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Playing Categories continued The Over-70s play home and away league matches against Mid Kent, Redlibbets, Sheerness and Sittingbourne, mostly on a Wednesday afternoon after enjoying a light lunch. The maximum handicap is 21 and the format is fourball betterball matchplay between five pairs. Like the 60’s team, there is an ‘End of Season Jamboree’. There is a very active Veterans’ Section at Bearsted, which plays 12 home and away friendly matches against local clubs with a lunch to follow. In addition, they run singles and pairs knockout competitions and at least seven major trophy competitions, one of the most popular being the Open Team competition, which attracts entries from 30 clubs all over Kent. The Veterans usually gather on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for casual play and less formal ‘pound in the middle’ competitions. Ladies The Ladies enjoy around 16 matches (eight home, eight away) through the golfing season from March to early November, several of which are longstanding fixtures. Most matches are fourball betterball, but some feature singles play. Good company and good golf is the order of the day, with enjoyment of paramount importance. A light meal tends to follow the competition.


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The county’s premier competitions are well supported, with teams entered in the Bradley Cook, a five-a-side scratch team knockout tournament played in handicap order, and the Coombe Cup for golfers over the age of 68, a trophy which was won by the club in 2011. Then there is the Pearson Trophy, a team event played in a group format over the winter followed by a knockout phase with the eventual winners going on to represent Kent against the champions from Hertfordshire, Surrey and Middlesex. A team is also entered in the The Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic, a hugely popular national event. At home, members enjoy one medal and one stableford a month. There are a great many honours board competitions, the most prestigious of which is the Club Championship, a 36-hole strokeplay event which is played over a weekend, generally in August.

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Visitors Visitors with a current handicap certificate (active or inactive handicap) are welcome to come and play at our club on weekdays and at certain times at weekends. We are a fairly relaxed club, but we do ask visitors to respect our rules and standard golfing etiquette to ensure their visit runs as smoothly as possible. All visitors must report to the Pro Shop, and obtain and display a bag tag before commencing play. Please ensure your golf shoes are fitted with soft spikes, or our Professional can help you if required. Although we do not have a tee booking system in operation, it is advisable to phone in advance to ensure there is no competition being held at the club at the time you are hoping to play. Our Professional will advise you as to the best time to play for a more relaxed and enjoyable round. In common with other clubs we do insist on a minimum standard of smart casual dress at all times, details of which can be found on our website. Reduced rates are available to guests of members, juniors and holders of the Kent county card. Often we run special offers during the winter months, details of which can again be found on our website. Our bar and restaurant are open throughout the day. You are always welcome in the clubhouse to enjoy a social drink or friendly meal.

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Golf Societies Bearsted welcomes societies on weekdays throughout the year. Our superb course will guarantee you a great day of golf. Good food and facilities await you upon your return to the clubhouse to ensure a memorable day. Our staff and Professional are on hand to assist you in any way they can. We have several ready-made packages available or are happy to customise a day to your exact requirements. Start the day with a tasty bacon roll, followed by a challenging round on our 18-hole golf course. After your game, relax and unwind in our clubhouse where you will find a comprehensive selection of beers, lagers, spirits, wines and soft drinks. We pride ourselves on our versatility and adaptability and if we do not have a specific package to meet your particular needs, simply ask and we will do everything we can to accommodate you. The golf shop provides a comprehensive range of equipment as well as being able to arrange golf lessons and prizes. We can also organise longest drive and nearest the pin markers should you wish.

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Golf Societies continued Our Full Golf Day featuring 27 or 36 holes represents excellent value for golfing groups and is a very popular option. This features: Tea, Coffee & Biscuits on arrival Bacon or Sausage roll 9 or 18 holes

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Our caterers are highly regarded and are very experienced at keeping hungry golfing societies happy. The three-course meal features the likes of home-made soup of the day with fresh baked bread rolls or a fan melon with raspberry coulis. You will find a roast of the day and fillet of salmon among the main course selections (vegetarian option available on request) and make sure you leave enough room for dessert. Will it be fresh fruit salad, apple crumble or chocolate fudge cake served warm with cream? The afternoon golf day package offers 18 holes of golf and a filling two-course meal. The main course features the likes of traditional steak & ale pie, braised lamb steak or chicken in red wine served with chips, salad or vegetables and roast potatoes. You will find tempting offerings like bread & butter pudding, spiced apple flan and chocolate gateaux on the dessert menu. To discuss availability and timing, and to discuss your requirements and confirm total pricing, please email the club at or phone on 01622 738198.

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Open Competitions Bearsted Golf Club normally runs five Open events each year, where golfers with a current active handicap are warmly invited to enter, and come along and play in the appropriate competition. Our Open events are normally very popular, and you are advised to submit your entry early. Places will normally be allocated on a first come first served basis in the event that any Open event becomes oversubscribed. First up is the Veteran’s Open, generally held in the middle of May. This is an 18-hole Stableford competition for teams of three visitors plus one Bearsted member, with the two best scores on each hole to count. The Bearsted Open, held in early July, is a Kent Order of Merit event played as a 36-hole medal for players with a handicap of 18 or below. There are prizes for the best scratch and handicap score. There are two competitions at the end of July, the Ladies Open, which is a three-ball team event and the Junior Open an 18-hole medal competition open to those under 18, which again is a Kent Order of Merit event. The final Open event of the season is the Mixed Open. An 18-hole greensomes Stableford, played in fourballs, it usually takes place in early September. Entry details and dates are available to download from our website, Please note that adherence to our dress code and soft spikes only rule is a condition of entry.

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The Clubhouse Our clubhouse has undergone many improvements and rebuilds, with the present clubhouse being completed and opened in the year 2000. It provides members, guests and visitors with excellent changing facilities, and a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in which to relax and socialise, especially after a game of golf. Golfers and guests can enjoy a drink and light snacks in the Lounge Bar, the Casual (Stud) Bar or, weather permitting, out on the balcony overlooking the first hole. Our bar and catering staff provide friendly and courteous service, and excellent meals, snacks and drinks at affordable prices. Our Restaurant menu, which is available to view on our website, is supplemented by a daily specials board. John, our Chef, provides an excellent Sunday Carvery Lunch for Members and their guests which is always well attended. Normal clubhouse entrance and exit is via the front door which is kept unlocked during daylight hours. Locker rooms are accessed from the main foyer, using a swipe card or the key pad (number for the day is available from the Pro Shop to bona fide visitors). When returning from your golf, please use the air blower to clean your golf shoes before entering the clubhouse. Disabled guests are invited to use the wheelchair-friendly access to our restaurant and bars by parking directly behind the clubhouse and using the footbridge.

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Social Activities Bearsted rightly prides itself as being a club run for the benefit of its members and there is a spirit of togetherness that can be felt in the clubhouse just as much as out on the links. While there is nothing the membership enjoy more than spending several hours pitting their wits against the golfing test laid before them, they also are not averse to enjoying themselves off the course as well. The club has an active social calendar that includes popular events such as quiz nights and musical entertainment including tribute nights. With bridge clubs and even indoor bowls on occasion, there really is something to appeal to everyone. Notable dates in the calendar such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve are celebrated and we are always looking for new ways to make full use of the club’s superb caterers. Members are able to hire our clubhouse for functions such as weddings, birthday parties and wedding anniversaries and local sporting clubs and organisations also make use of our premises on a regular basis for meetings or evening get-togethers.

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The Course In two loops of nine holes, our mature parkland course unusually starts and finishes with a par 3. The first is a gentle opening hole, but look out for the railway running along the right. Indeed, all the early holes require solid tee shots, and generally favour the player who draws the ball, as most of the trouble is found on the right of many fairways. Water – either in the form of ponds or ditches, or both – is to be found on several of the holes, particularly on the inward nine. The course features some beautiful landscaped and challenging holes, many with excellent views of the North Downs and the beautiful surrounding Kent countryside. Our course is beautiful all year round, but some of the autumn colours in particular can be amazing to behold. Our greens are all constructed to USGA specification. Our tees have circular distance mark plates set into the ground, and our fairways have green posts denoting 150 yards to the centre of green. Measuring a maximum length of 6,381 yards off the white tees and a Standard Scratch Score of 71 matching its par (73 for Ladies), our course is a challenge for golfers of all abilities to enjoy. Practice facilities include a large practice putting green, driving nets and practice ground - all situated close to the clubhouse and first tee.

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Tour the Course Prepare for your visit to Bearsted by familiarising yourself with each hole over the coming pages and make the most of your round with our hole-by-hole guide. You can prepare yourself for the challenges that await, as well as pick up some invaluable playing tips from our PGA-qualified Professional, Tim Simpson. Hole 1 (Railway) 144 yards, par 3 Our course starts with a short par three with a difficult green sloping down from the bank on the left. Watch out for the railway. Hole 2 (Old School) 342 yards, par 4 A difficult blind drive on this straight par four hole, with out of bounds on the left and trouble waiting in the trees on the right. Hole 3 (Sir George Hampson) 462 yards, par 4 A very long left-to-right dogleg hole which is difficult to reach in two shots, especially with two fairway bunkers waiting to catch out your second shot. Hole 4 (Honeyhill Woods) 433 yards, par 4 A good drive will leave you well placed to reach the green with your second shot. However, mind the ditch and out of bounds on the right.

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Tour the Course continued Hole 5 (The Shaw) 363 yards, par 4 A straight fairway to the green, but with a ditch hazard to the right. Please play a provisional ball if you think your tee shot may have gone into the woods on the right, but you must play your original ball if you find it. Hole 6 (The Hump) 508 yards, par 5 A long par five sloping from left to right, with longer grass and small ditch (not classed as a hazard) strategically placed to help stop your ball from going into the woods - surprisingly, on the right again. Please play a provisional ball if you think your tee shot may have gone into the woods on the right, but you must play your original ball if you find it. Hole 7 (Up And Over) 388 yards, par 4 A right to left dogleg to the green located in the valley, where the trees to the left often block out a second shot to the green. Hole 8 (Downs View) 178/214 yards, par 3 This par three involves a tee shot across a valley to the well-guarded green.


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Hole 9 (Halfway) 379 yards, par 4 This very inviting hole is frequently used for the longest drive competitions, but be careful. Out of bounds awaits a loose tee shot to the left, and a pond awaits to the right. Hole 10 (Twin Oaks) 295 yards, par 4 A relatively short par four with the green just beyond the two tall trees in the distance. Hole 11 (Centenary Bridge) 324 yards, par 4 A dogleg right with a very inviting tee shot down the hill, and over the stream and bridge. Beware of the ponds either side of the fairway. Hole 12 (Water Meadow) 399 yards, par 4 A good straight drive is called for on this very long par 4 hole, with trouble again waiting for a loose tee shot to the right and the pond on the right for the long hitters. Hole 13 (Birling House) 502 yards, par 5 A long straight tee shot is needed on this par five which bends to the left. Strategically placed bunkers await each shot from tee to green.

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Tour the Course continued Hole 14 (Reservoir) 382 yards, par 4 A tee shot to a wide open fairway sloping from left to right where a ditch and bunker often catch out the unaware. A second shot which strays into the ditch across the fairway is rarely rewarded with a playable third shot. Hole 15 (Seager Way) 511 yards, par 5 A ditch across the fairway is in range for the long hitters, and the green is located at the top of the hill on this long par five. Hole 16 (Chapel Lane) 179 yards, par 3 A short par three with a tee shot to the green at the bottom of the hill. Hole 17 (Brickfield) 384 yards, par 4 A long drive back up the hill again, where a shot to the right of centre is needed to avoid being blocked out by the trees to the left. Hole 18 (Sandy Mount) 172 yards, par 3 Our course finishes with a straight downhill par three where the valley in front of the green catches out many players.

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Pro Shop Our Pro Shop is well stocked with golfing gear from many of the leading brands. Our PGA Professional Tim Simpson and staff extend a warm welcome to members, guests, and all visitors to the club. We endeavour to give a friendly, informative and relaxed atmosphere, and hope that if you are in the market for golf equipment of any kind you will receive good and honest advice, and can try before you buy. We specialise in custom-fitting clubs to our customers’ needs, and also operate a repairs service from our workshop, carrying out loft and lie alterations as well as re-shafting and re-gripping which can prolong the life of a favourite set of clubs. The swapping of old worn-out spikes for new soft spikes can also be gladly undertaken. The Pro Shop is the place for all your everyday golfing needs such as balls, tees and refreshments to pop in your golf bag. Pull trolleys may be hired and we also have a limited number of electric trolleys and caddy cars/buggies, which should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Please ring the Pro Shop on 01622 738024 (or 01622 738198) for more details.

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Tuition Tuition is available to all golfers from beginner to experienced players, and will be structured to meet your personal needs. Vouchers for tuition or golfing gifts are also popular. Juniors are particularly welcome to come along to our Sunday morning group tuition - please call our Pro Shop for more information. Tim Simpson, our teaching Professional, is committed to enabling our members and visitors to play golf to the best of their ability. Whether you are a normally talented player who needs a quick swing fix before a competition, an inconsistent player in search of a more repeatable technique or a beginner wanting to learn some sound fundamentals, we are here to help seven days a week. We offer numerous lesson options and packages to suit your game and budget. Hourly and half-hourly lessons are available, with discounts applicable if a block of six lessons is booked at one time. For those who have never tried it before, an on-course lesson can be an eye-opening experience. Our teaching Professional examines your shot-making decisions and offers alternatives which could help lower your score. For more details, or to book a lesson, please call 01622 738024.

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Practice Facilities Bearsted Golf Club has some excellent practice facilities for those looking to work on lowering their handicap. Coupled with the tuition offered by our teaching professional Tim Simpson, it represents the complete game improvement programme. As visitors take the short walk from the car park to the clubhouse they cannot help but notice the immaculately-prepared practice putting green in front of the club. This is the perfect way to acclimatise oneself to the superb USGA-specification greens for which the club is renowned. For those wishing to practice the long game there is a practice area to the rear of the clubhouse between the 2nd and 9th fairways. At either end of the practice ground there are greens with bunkers to work on perfecting those up and downs or sand saves which can make the difference between an average round and a very good one. A pair of practice nets can be found not far from the members’ car park which are ideal for getting loose before taking to the course.

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Bearsted Golf Club is located three miles east of Maidstone Kent, and less than two miles from either junction 7 (Maidstone/ Sittingbourne) or junction 8 (Motorway Services/ Leeds Castle) of the M20 motorway.

How to Find Us From junction 7 of the M20 Follow Maidstone signs to first roundabout then take first exit (left). Pass Newnham Court Garden Village on your left and take first exit at next roundabout (left). Follow this road for one mile to Bearsted, and three hundred yards past the railway bridge - look for the entrance to the golf club on your left. From junction 8 of the M20 Follow A20 signs towards Maidstone (right at first roundabout), and after one mile (before Tudor Park Hotel) turn right towards Bearsted Village. Go past the village green and continue on past the railway station. Turn right at the entrance to the golf club. Then: Drive over the railway bridge and turn sharp right for the club. Please park in the first car park (unless disabled), and walk up the slope to the clubhouse. Initial entry should be via the front

door, and if not already unlocked, please gain entry by use of the adjacent intercom speaker. Disabled members, guests, and visitors are invited to park in the disabled bays adjacent the main clubhouse, or if a suitable space is available - directly behind the clubhouse (driving through the members car park to the left of the clubhouse, and up the ramp), to use the wheelchair friendly access over the footbridge. If parking in a marked disabled bay - please leave your blue badge on show (time not necessary). Public transport The nearest railway station is Bearsted, which is less than 200 yards away. Southeastern run frequent services west to Maidstone East (journey time five minutes) and London Victoria (64 minutes) and east to Ashford International (23 minutes).

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contact us Here at Bearsted Golf Club it is always a pleasure to meet new members, visitors and guests. If we can assist you with any queries or questions that you may have then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Bearsted Golf Club Ware Street Maidstone Kent ME14 4PQ Telephone: 01622 738 198 Fax: 01622 735 608


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Bearsted Golf Club Official Club Brochure 2012/2013  
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