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Over the years the course has been beautifully landscaped and planted with a variety of stunning trees. It’s a welcome oasis hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the busy capital. A defining characteristic of our course is its strength in the opening and closing holes. Getting a good start is the key to any round, so if you can master the first four holes, then a good score could well be on the cards. However, you will need to keep focused for the final few holes. Firm but fair is often said of the finish. The final hole will certainly whet your appetite. Under the backdrop of the Clubhouse with its lovely terrace, the driveable 18th is the perfect finish to the round. Go for it and the reward could be birdie, but beware. it can bite!
Royal Blackheath was originally the course of the Eltham Golf Club, founded in 1892. The opinions of Tom Dunn and Peter Paxton, two leading professionals of the time, were sought for the design, and in the end Dunn’s advice was followed. When play on Blackheath was no longer practical, the two clubs merged in 1923 and took on the name of Royal Blackheath, but played exclusively on the course of Eltham.
In 1926, James Braid was consulted on improving the course. The work was carried out in 1928-29 and the course re-opened in June 1929 with an exhibition match featuring Braid himself. Further improvements were completed in 1970 by golf course architect Frank Pennick.
- James Braid