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West Kent Golf Club and West Kent Golf Course
West Kent Golf Club and West Kent Golf Course
Welcome To West Kent Golf Club
Details Correct As Of 07/04/2015

Address    West Hill
Town    Orpington
Postcode    BR6 7JJ
Secretary / Manager    Andy Hall
First Name / Manager    Andy
Telephone    01689 851323
Fax    01689 858693
Club Website Address   http://www.wkgc.co.uk/
Email Address   Andy@wkgc.co.uk
Course Information Line Telephone   No Information Given
Greenkeeper   No Information Given
Club Professional    Chris Forsyth
Telephone    01689 856863
Fax   No Information Given
Pro's Website Address   No Information Given
Pro's Email Address   No Information Given
Club Steward / Manager    Sean Hackshall
Telephone    01689 853737
Fax   No Information Given
Number Of Holes    18 Hole
Course Yardage    6426
Par    71
Yardage Markers On Course   yes
Changing Room Facilities   yes
Handicap Certificates Required   yes
Driving Range   no
Soft Spikes Required   no
Society Day(s)     Mon , Tue , Wed , Thur , Fri
Type Of Club    Members
Course Type    Downland
Green Fees Weekdays   No Information Given
Green Fees Weekends   No Information Given
Green Fees Twilight   No Information Given
Green Fees Junior   No Information Given
Green Fees Society   No Information Given
Green Fees Other   No Information Given
Joining Fee   No Information Given
7 Day Membership Fee   No Information Given
5 Day Membership Fee   No Information Given
Ladies Membership Fee   No Information Given
Junior Membership Fee   No Information Given
Country Membership Fee   No Information Given
Other Membership Fees   No Information Given
Membership Fee Information   No Information Given
Proshop Available   yes
Club Hire Available   no
Club Repairs Available   yes
Custom Club Fitting Service   yes
Trolley Hire Available   yes
Electric Trolley Repair   no
Buggy Hire Available   yes
Lessons Available   yes
Course Planner Available   yes
Bar Available   yes
Breakfast Available   yes
Lunch Available   yes
Afternoon Tea Available   yes
Dinner Available   yes
Accommodation Available   no
West Kent Golf Club was formed in July 1916 by Wythes Estates Ltd as an amenity to the residents of Bickley Park Estate. It was set up as a propriety organisation and not a members` club. This came later.
<br>The Directors were:<br>
<br>Ernest James Wythes<br>
<br>Sir John Thorold, BART<br>
<br>The Marquees of Bristol<br>
<br>Philip W. Dashwood.<br>
The site of the course was adjacent to Blackbrook Lane, Bickley and is now part of the green belt, named Jubilee Park. The park behind Bromley High School for Girls separates Bickley from Petts Wood and evidence of the original course can be seen today as raised greens, tees and bunkers are still visible.
The course of West Kent Golf Club at Bickley has a setting appropriate to a club taking its title from the county, which more than other merits the description `The Garden of England`. The course was on the south eastern side of Bickley Park Estate, just over half a mile from the main line stations at Chislehurst and Bickley.
Standing 300 feet above sea level, the more open parts of the course commanded views across beautiful countryside. There were scores of picturesque corners along the fairways and holes set amongst the woods.
The clubhouse was approached from Golf Road, off Barfield Road. Today Aquilla, the Ministry of Defence establishment, stands on the site of the original building.
Construction of the course began in early 1914 but the completion was delayed for a time because of the outbreak of the first World War. The single storey clubhouse of irregular, yet striking design was very pleasant and in keeping with the character of the course. The accommodation included two large club rooms, billiards room with two tables, bar, ladies` room, changing rooms and offices. Central heating throughout produced a delightful example of what a golf clubhouse should be.
The architects were Herbert Fowler and T. Simpson who, assisted by James Braid, Designed a course ' of first class length on modern strategic plans, interesting and varied without being excessively difficult.'
The initial membership of West Kent was small, 160 Men and 80 ladies. However this quickly increased when The Orpington Golf Club on Knole Rise, closed and many of their members transferred to West Kent. The professional was Frank Roberts who joined WKGC in 1916. Being a proprietary club it was not until 1928 that members were represented on a committee and so the club`s first annual general meeting was on 1st December 1928.
The club become well known in the district attracting some of the best golfers in Kent. It became a custom for the visiting Australian cricket team to visit West Kent and, in 1934, the young Don Bradman teed off the First. McCabe, Miller, Oldfield, Fleetwood, Smith, Woodful, O`Reilly and Hassett have followed.
The old records of WKGC have not survived the club`s two moves but a factual account of the running the club exists from January 1936. The Wythes Estate board of directors were the governing body responsible for employing all the staff and maintaining the course. The captain and committee were elected by the members to carry out the day to day running of the club.

11/03/2006 - Sent by Dan Shaw
  Really nice course which although it isn't massive s a tough test of golf with fairways which, on the whole are hard to find and lighting quick greens in the summer.

Partly hilly downland course.

From Downe village South along Luxted Lane, 600 yards turn right into West Hill. ( 5 miles South of Orington.)
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