Review of the Kilnwick Percy Golf Resort and Course


Review of the Kilnwick Percy Golf Resort and Course

Kilnwick Percy – or KP Resort as it is often called – is one of three golf resorts whose accommodation is owned and operated by Darwin Escapes. The other two are The Springs in Oxfordshire and Dundonald in Ayrshire, which she acquired in 2019.

Kilnwick Percy Resort - Lodges

Some lodges and rooms have a view of the golf course

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Kilnwick Percy is located in Pocklington 16 miles east of York, with the new golf course opening playing clockwise around the perimeters of the property. The 1st may be downhill, but is playing all of its 432 yards in the smoothest conditions I’ve seen, so expect a club long enough for your first approach of the day.

Kilnwick Percy Resort - 2nd hole

The 2nd hole, which starts slowly from left to right, requires a well-placed drive to open the green

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The 2nd is then one of the best holes, certainly strategically, as you have to be far enough off the tee to open the green as the hole turns smoothly to the right. The next two holes are in stark contrast – first an original small par 3 uphill to a plateau green, then a very long and very straight par 5. On the yellow tees, the latter is precisely 500 meters longer than the first at 594!

Kilnwick Percy Resort - 9th hole

The 9th green is right next to some of the resort’s lodge rooms

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By the time you arrive at 8th green and 9th par-3, you are very close to the resort’s distinctive triangular-shaped lodge rooms, most of which in an instant. The water then appears a number of times on the back nine – to the right of the 10th green, between the tee and the green on the 15th par-3 mid-length (still next to the lodges), and to the right of the 17th, a really good par 3 of length very similar to the 15 which is played slowly downhill with water while waiting for everything to be pushed a little too much.

Kilnwick Percy Resort - 13th hole

The 13th is a very attractive par 4 shortish

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Before these two par 3s, the 13th is a well-framed par 4 of relatively modest length playing directly towards distant plowed fields. By the time you get to the last one, you will hopefully have already compiled your score, as that 414 yards gives little willingness, especially against the wind with the soft fairways as they were for my lap. You’re much more likely to find yourself saving money here than birdieing a decent-sized green in front of the resort’s modern, light and airy clubhouse.

Kilnwick Percy Resort - 18th hole

The 18th offers a challenging final as it travels up the hill to the distinctive contemporary pavilion

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Some of Kilnwick Percy’s comfortable and well-equipped lodges overlook the golf course, and all provide an excellent base for a break from stay and play enjoying both the course here and some of Yorkshire’s many other beautiful amenities. It is by far the largest county in England in terms of number of courses. Some lodges may be occupied by single room, or you may prefer to take an entire lodge, with two to four bedroom options available.

Kilnwick Percy Resort - hotel rooms

The individual rooms of the lodge hotel are nicely decorated and well equipped

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Your room or lodge may well have a bathtub as well as a shower to help ease the pains of golf, but beyond that, the resort’s Tranquility Spa offers a wide range of treatments as well as a Nordic spa area, with barrel saunas and a swim spa.

Kilnwick Percy Resort - Greenhouse Restaurant

From the well-appointed Glasshouse restaurant

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The facilities are complemented by the superb and large Gym and Fitness Room which will draw your attention to the right when you first park in the car park, and the remarkable Glasshouse restaurant behind the 18th green, which is the great place for meals and drinks throughout the day and evening. The large terrace overlooking the golf course should be a great place to relax before or after a game during the warmer months.


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