Chart Hills opens new six-hole par-three short course and putting green

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    Chart Hills Golf Club

    The Loop course has six holes ranging from 50 to 100 yards, designed by Faldo Design

By Laura Hyde

Chart Hills Golf Club in Kent, England, has opened a new par-three short course designed by Faldo Design.  

The Loop course, which has six holes ranging from 50 to 100 yards and features inspired by St Andrews and Augusta National, has opened alongside a new practice putting green. Both have been designed by Faldo Design as part of an ongoing investment programme at the 31-year-old club.  

Situated opposite the driving range, the short course provides the opportunity for golfers to play two three-hole loops or hone their short game skills before playing a full round of golf. The course has minimal bunkering to aid playability and encourage variety in shotmaking, while contouring around greens aims to test low-handicap players. 

The new 668-square-metre putting green, located beside the first tee, has elements of Sir Nick Faldo’s favourite greens from his major wins, including a ‘valley of sin’. Built with the same green speeds as the main course and short layout, the green will also be used for coaching. 

The project follows the renovation of tee boxes on all 18 holes of the Faldo-designed championship course. The result is 72 ‘immaculate’ tee boxes that can withstand foot traffic and weather year-round, according to the club. The tee markers, which are now named based on their yardage, were also replaced. 

Further investments at the English club include its first on-site accommodation, The Barn at Chart Hills, which will offer boutique-style accommodation for up to 10 guests. It is scheduled to open later this year. 

“We’re proud to have unveiled the new amenities, including The Loop,” said Anthony Tarchetti, general manager at Chart Hills. “It’s the result of a period of intense work from the team. The fact that it’s already been so well received is gratifying. We’re equally excited to be unveiling the latest development plans here at Chart Hills, with further investments still to come as we strive to create the very best facilities for members, guests and visitors. Since 2019, Chart Hills has undergone a complete transformation and, under our ownership, that will only continue in the future.”