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Golf course looking for a fresh start

9.40am 21st January 2009 - Property

The Kent National Golf Course could be reinstated as a golf facility – or it could find a new lease of life (subject to the necessary planning permissions), perhaps as the grounds of a brand new country house, an equestrian cross country course, a game shoot, a leisure activity venue, a nature park, a deer park or farmland.
The course was developed during 1991 and 1992 by a recognised Japanese architect, K Saito, whose ambition was to create a facility to challenge the most experienced golfer. It was bought three years later by golf chain British Ensign and, at the height of its popularity, had a strong membership base. However, it was closed in October 2008 after the clubhouse was sold for residential development. The course is being maintained to a playable condition.
Emma Lawrence, of the selling agents Savills, says, “The Kent National is in a fantastic elevated position overlooking the Weald. It’s a beautifully landscaped, well wooded, undulating site with plenty of bunkering, streams and a couple of small lakes.
“This is a most unusual opportunity to acquire such a large tract of highly desirable land and we expect a high level of interest.”
The land lies in a conservation area just over five miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells, is roughly square in shape and includes a 37,000-gallon reservoir and a number of boreholes. There are four buildings currently on the site in the greenkeeper’s compound: an office/workshop with showers and toilet facilities, two machinery barns and a material store.
Savills is inviting offers in the region of £750,000 for the Kent National Golf Course; contact Emma Lawrence of Savills Leisure team in Oxford for full details: 01865 269000.


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