New Inland Links for London

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A new links course nears completion, just 20 minutes from central London.

An “inland links” may seem like an oxymoron, with many golfers assuming any course near the coast is a links and any course away from the sea cannot be one, but the distinction isn’t quite that simple. Pebble Beach, Old Head and Kiawah Island are just a few famous courses that overlook the ocean but aren’t true links layouts, while others, such as Whistling Straits, have all the hallmarks of a links despite being hundreds of miles from the coast.

That brings us to Ingrebourne Links Golf & Country Club, which claims to offer the most authentic links experience, away from the sea, in the United Kingdom. 

Located in Rainham, Essex, the club is just two miles from the Thames and 20 minutes from Central London. Designed by Alan Walker, former Captain of the PGA, the 27-hole layout will offer beautifully manicured fairways, slick greens and memorable links-style features, replicating the traditions of how the game was played in the early 15th Century. 

One of the nine-hole loops opened in September 2017, with more holes being finished and opened this year and next. An 18-hole route, playing as a 7,041-yard par 72 from the back tees, is available to play now.  

Some of the elevated parts of the property offer views over Canary Wharf and the QE2 Bridge, which is the only way you’ll remember that you’re not tucked away, hundreds of miles from the modern world.

Off the course you’ll find a 30-bay driving range, ‘Mini Links’ short course and health club.

Visit Ingrebournelinks.com for more information.


Nick Wright