If you are a player of the noble sport of golf then you should definitely come to Blackheath, the birth place of golf in England.
When King James Vl of Scotland was crowned the new King of England ‘James l’ following the death of Elizabeth l in 1603 he made Greenwich Palace his London residence.
Blackheath provided the perfect nearby location for the King and his court to play the popular Scottish game, and so it became the first place in England to see golf played, with early players being dubbed ‘Goffers’.
In the years following King James’ arrival, nearby Royal Blackheath Golf Club was instituted and today is the oldest golf club outside Scotland.
It is home to the oldest Open competition in the world with the introduction of its Boys Open Medal in 1847, pre-dating the Open Championship by 13 years.
Built on an original James Braid design this natural 18-hole parkland course has excellent fairways, subtle and true greens and strategic bunkering – and the magnificent 17th century Clubhouse gives stunning views across the course.
So do make sure you have time for a round at this magnificent course whilst you are here.