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Established in 1909, the course was officially opened on Saturday 17th April with a match between James Braid, the course designer, and Harry Vardon, with Braid the winner 3 and 2.

Based high up on the very edge of White Cliffs Country between Dover and Deal, Braid designed the course around the natural landscape and made sure it was rich with panoramic views and an abundance of plant and wildlife.

The original idea of the golf club was to encourage more families and ladies to take up golf; ladies are much better represented in the sport now and we are still proud to welcome youngsters and families into a very friendly and community-feeling club.

The natural beauty was marred considerably with important reason, during World War Two, with all three military services putting the club to good use; the clubhouse became a billet for 60 soldiers, the course was covered in barbed wire and gun emplacements and with a barrage balloon looming overhead, not the sort of hazards you really want to meet on a round of golf! 

All that took place then is unimaginable standing on the course today, taking in the fresh sea breeze amongst a carpet of green grass and natural downland features.  It is credit to the greenkeepers who took two years to repair the war damage before re-opening, shortly after the club’s 40th anniversary on 11th June 1949, with a match between Henry Cotton, Max Faulkner, Charles Stowe and Kenneth Frazier, to celebrate the occasion.

Business then returned to normal, as it is today.  From the very beginning, Walmer and Kingsdown set out to be a club where membership was about golfers enjoying their golf and it is a beautiful place for a wonderful sport to be enjoyed by all.  We welcome young, old, male and female players alike to come and enjoy the atmosphere, together with a great round of golf.

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