KINGTON Golf Club have been given the prestige of their course being ranked amongst the Golf World/Today’s Golfer top 100 courses in England.

An experienced panel within the game ranked courses across England out of 100 marks based on design, setting, memorability, playability, consistency and presentation.

Kington was ranked 62nd best in the country with Royal St George’s in Kent coming out top.

The judges said: “Set at 1,284 feet above sea level, Kington is the highest course in England and affords views over seven counties.

“Its fast-draining heathland terrain means it is playable all year round. The biggest allure is Cecil Hutchison’s intriguing design, fitting the holes – especially the greens – into the land.”

They marked the course: Design 32.2/40; Setting 11.8/15; Memorability 12.4/15; Playability 7.1/10; Consistency 7.0/10; Presentation 7.0/10 to make a total of 77.5/100.

Philip Jones, chairman of Kington Golf Club said: “To be in the top 100 for England is a huge step forward for Kington and provides us with additional recognition all over the UK and beyond.

“The nearest course to be represented in this list is in Staffordshire and therefore we are the only course in the Shropshire and Herefordshire Union of golf clubs to be listed. “When we reopen our members and guests are going to enjoy some fantastic conditions as the green-staff have been continuing to work on the course.

“Of the course, we are currently in the middle of a major refurbishment and redesign of the layout within the golf clubhouse and when we reopen we will have a first class facility to welcome all players and guests.”

The club is also shortlisted in the Top 100 courses in Golf Monthly who will be visiting Kington Golf Club soon to make their verdict.

The club has used the winter lockdown to make some further changes and improvements to the course and expect it to be in ‘excellent condition’ when they re-open for golf on March 29.

A club spokesman said: “As a members club, our aim is to promote golf and leisure for the benefit of the people in the Kington area and across Herefordshire.

“We have held our membership rates at the same level for 2021 and offer a range of membership options for all age groups and levels of ability.

“We are also working with local hotels and tourism organisations to help Herefordshire tap into the staycation market which is likely to see a growth in visitors in 2021 due to overseas holiday restrictions.

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