Royal St Georges Golf Club is well regarded as one of the best golf courses in Kent. As an Open Championship venue that has seen a host of world-class Champion golfers claim the Claret Jug since it's 1st hosting of The Open in 1894.
Playing the course is something that all golfers should seek to do as part of a memorable links golf experience. As part of a very select number of Open Rota Courses, Royal St Georges is the only golf course south of Liverpool that has held golf's original major championship.
Located less than 30 minutes from Dover and around 2 hours from Central London, this South East gem provides a fantastic treat for your next golf tour with Prince's Golf Club and Royal Cinque Ports also within 10 minutes.
||Dr. Laidlaw Purves
|Opened for play
||15 Open Championships
Signature hole: Par 4, 4th hole
At 495 yards, the fourth is an intimidating prospect, especially when confronted with the towering bunker inset in the hill in front of the tee. Once on the fairway, the mid-iron approach will have to contend with a deep depression in the front-left quarter of the green. Golfers will try to hit their tee shot over the bunker on the right to open the green up but know that any drive falling short will find an impossible task ahead with one of the largest bunkers anywhere in the world.
Other notable holes include the par 5 14th hole with it's hazards including The Suez Canal ready to snare any downwind drives and Prince's Golf Club (being out of bounds) to the right. Something Dustin Johnson found to his peril as his 2nd shot went over the out of bounds stakes when chasing Darren Clarke in the 2011 Open Championship. The par-3 16th is short in distance but high in challenge which Denmark's Thomas Bjorn with testify to. His challenge for The 2003 Open Championship ended here with a double-bogey seeing him fall short of Ben Curtis in claiming The Claret Jug. With bunkers surrounding the green and slopes pushing any offline shots into the sand, it is easy to see why so many struggle on this excellent par-3.
Kent's finest is rightly heralded as one of the jewels in the crown of British golf, and any player fortunate enough to visit will surely understand why St. George's receives such mighty plaudits. The driveway and the clubhouse offer an insight into the austerity and tradition that are inherent to the club, but it is not until you follow the opening fairway into the myriad of towering sand dunes that St. George's reveals its true character.
The magical holes are carved through the mounds and hills, offering a fantastically diverse challenge; the bunkers are deep and steeply revetted, the rough is extremely punitive, and the magnificent undulating greens are immaculate.The outward nine is the more picturesque, while the closing stretch is one of the most demanding in world golf, presenting a truly unique challenge. The golf course is combined with rich history and tradition at St. George's, which is one of life's most memorable golfing experiences.
The Open history at Royal St George's
Royal St George's is the fourth most popular Open venue having held the event on 15 occasions and in 1894 was the first English course to host The Open
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Royal St. George's is ranked as one of the best courses in the UK
How to get to Royal St George's Golf Club
Royal St George's Golf Club is situated 2 miles east of Sandwich train station off the A256.
Address: Sandwich Bay, Sandwich, Kent, England, CT13 9PB