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  • Littlestone Golf Club - Hole #18
  • Canterbury Cathedral, Britain's oldest cathedral, in Kent's Capital City
  • Lodge at Prince's
  • Leeds Castle Golf Club

Golf in Kent Guide: The Crown Jewel of English Golf

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By Mike May

With this year's edition of The (British) Open Championship cancelled, golf enthusiasts are now focused on The Open Championship returning in 2021. Fortunately, the venue will remain the same - Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent. If you are interested in learning more about the Royal St. George's Golf Club and other great golf, travel, lodging, dining, and sight-seeing destinations in Kent, check out Kent: The Crown Jewel of English Golf by south Florida-based golf writer Mike May. This publication is based on May's trip to Kent in June 2018, supported by Golf in Kent.

"We were delighted to host Mike on this editorial tour through Kent," says Helen Heady, Project Director for Golf in Kent. "Mike's proven qualities as a writer and his passion for golf are why we were pleased to have him as a guest at our courses in 2018. He did a fine job capturing the essence and appeal of visiting Kent, which is as well-known for its wide range of off-course attractions as it is its golf courses."

In the recently completed 47-page booklet, May provides a short description of eight of the finest golf courses in Kent, three of which - Royal St. George's, Royal Cinque Ports, and Prince's -- have hosted The Open Championship. Each editorial vignette contains the physical address and website for each golf course on the list. The booklet is posted on
Those eight golf courses in Kent are listed below:
(1) Royal St. George's Golf Club (Sandwich, Kent)
(2) Littlestone Golf Club (Romney Marsh, Kent)
(3) Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club (Deal, Kent)
(4) Prince's Golf Club (Sandwich Bay, Kent)
(5) Hever Castle Golf Club (Hever, Kent)
(6) Leeds Castle Golf Club (Maidstone, Kent)
(7) London Golf Club (Ash, Kent)
(8) North Foreland Golf Club (Broadstairs, Kent)

In addition to an editorial description on each golf course, this booklet contains many images from those eight layouts that are built on land that ranges from the rolling hills of the Kent countryside to courses constructed along the Kent coastline, along the English Channel. In addition to the stories on the eight golf courses, there are short stories about other places to visit in Kent:

(1) The Lodge at Prince's, a perfect overnight lodging destination in Kent for golfers;
(2) The Gallery, the history filled mini golf museum inside The Lodge at Prince's;
(3) Hever Castle and Gardens, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn;
(4) Leeds Castle, a 900-year old castle, which was a former Norman stronghold;
(5) The Marine Hotel in Whitstable, one of Kent's finest 'boutique' hotels;
(6) The Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham, Britain's oldest brewery;
(7) The George & Dragon, the historic pub in Sandwich which first opened for business in 1446.

During May's fact-finding rounds of golf in Kent, he wore golf gloves from Bionic Glove, shoes from New Balance Athletic Shoe, apparel from Antigua, and socks from Gold Toe Golf Socks.

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About: Mike May

Mike May Mike May is a Wellington, Florida-based freelance golf and sportswriter, who is also a 25+ year public relations and communications executive in the sporting goods industry. He is also a veteran high school soccer official, an experienced high school basketball coach, an avid athlete, a part-time personal trainer, and a passionate golfer who is forever in pursuit of Old Man Par. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America.

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