Canterbury Golf Club gears up for The Open Championship 2020 by linking up with Golf in Kent

19 February 2019

Canterbury Golf Club is gearing up for the staging of The Open Championship in July 2020 at nearby Royal St George’s by linking up with fellow Kent golf clubs in Visit Kent’s Golf in Kent Partnership.

With the prestigious major coming to Kent and the golfing spotlight set to shine on the county over the next 18 months, Canterbury has seized upon an opportune moment to join Golf in Kent (, which is regarded as one of England’s premier golfing destinations.

Located on the outskirts of Kent’s medieval cathedral city, Canterbury GC was founded in 1927 on 160 acres of land leased from the War Office and today is considered to be one of the finest examples of Harry Colt design in England.

Though first laid out as a downland course, the gradual introduction of oaks and silver birches along the fairways have altered the nature of the layout that now has more of a parkland feel, though a little gorse and broom can be found on some holes. Set on undulating terrain, the par71, 6,272-yard layout (off the whites) provides a challenging round of golf with its mix of open par 5s, tight par 4s and challenging par 3s.

Canterbury joins an illustrious group of golf courses that comprise Golf in Kent, including the championship links at Royal St George’s, home of The Open Championship in 2020, neighbouring Prince’s and Royal Cinque Ports as well as Littlestone near Romney Marsh.

The Partnership also features the clifftop courses at North Foreland and Walmer & Kingsdown and the inland layouts at London Golf Club, which boasts two courses by Jack Nicklaus Design, and parkland courses Hever Castle, which features 27 holes, and the 9-hole course around the moat at Leeds Castle.

With the hosting of The Open Championship at Sandwich, The Seniors Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports, The Junior Open at Littlestone and the World One-Armed Golf Championships at Walmer & Kingsdown next year, the eyes of the golfing world will be firmly on Kent and its golf offering.

Through its Golf in Kent membership, Canterbury can look forward to raising its profile amongst golfers from all over the world as the county hosts this collection of prestigious competitions in 2020.

In addition to golf, Kent offers visitors a range of sightseeing opportunities from cathedrals such as the celebrated Canterbury Cathedral, castles that include Hever, Leeds, Walmer, Deal and Dover, gardens like Sissinghurst, lively seaside towns such as Margate and Whitstable, historic museums like Chatham Historic Dockyard as well as a burgeoning reputation for gastronomic cuisine and vineyards.

No wonder Kent is known as a Golfer’s Paradise in the Garden of England.

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Picture caption: The 18th hole (l) and 8th green at Canterbury Golf Club, designed by Harry Colt

About Golf in Kent
Golf in Kent is a marketing partnership that comprises of some of Kent’s finest golf courses, Visit Kent and some of the county’s best accommodation providers, namely The Lodge at Prince’s, Hever Castle and Leeds Castle.

The Partnership was set up to build on the legacy of the county staging The Open Championship in 2011 and to promote Kent as one of England’s premier golfing destinations.

Kent is well located for golf visitors from around the world as it is within easy access of London’s airports and has good access from Europe via the Eurotunnel and the ferry port of Dover.

About Visit Kent
Visit Kent Ltd is the Destination Management Organisation for Kent (The Garden of England), welcoming 60 million visitors a year, championing the county’s £3.6 billion tourism industry and supporting more than 72,000 jobs.

It is recognised as one of the country’s leading DMOs, targeting UK and overseas markets to raise Kent’s profile as a premier destination, improving quality and skills within the industry, and growing investment in tourism. Visit Kent is a public/private sector partnership supported by Kent County Council, Medway Council, district and borough councils, and the leading sector tourism businesses in Kent.

Visit Kent is delivered by the parent company and destination management specialists Go To Places Ltd ( For further information visit (consumer) or tweet @visitkent


Helen Heady - Director
Golf in Kent c/o Heady PR
Tel: +44 (0)20 8789 0900