Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

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What we say

‘Deal’ is a class act, but it needs wind to make it so. Warm up beforehand as the opening hole offers all sorts of multi-shot problems – out of bounds right, whins and long rough left and a ditch in front of a huge green with slopes like the Himalayas! It’s then pretty straightforward until you turn for home at the 11th, when it is into the prevailing wind all the way home. On every one you’ll need to play your best to score well. The 12th is especially difficult with a green that bears similarity to a snowboarder’s half pipe. The last three need every shot in the bag. 

As reviewed by TV pundit Peter Alliss: Royal Cinque Ports is a fine links course that's undergoing a great revival programme which augurs well for the future. It possesses a fine collection of par 3s played in various directions, all of different yardages and all presenting their own difficulties. There's a stirring finish. 

Royal Cinque Ports is the most southerly of a golden stretch of links on the eastern tip of Kent. Deal, as it is more commonly known, is a classic out and back layout that rather nicely winds up the pace as you progress round. It has some wonderful complexes in the dunes, plus a hazardous platform green at the 5th and a severe finish that will require all your coastal guile.

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Royal Cinque Ports has been the scene of many championships, including the 1909 and 1920 Opens. Since 1925, it has been home every year to the Halford Hewitt Public Schools Championship. The original links, quickly constructed by Henry Hunter in 1892 as a nine-hole layout, had the same greens on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd as exist today, although the tees were further forward.

The additional nine holes built at the northern end in 1896 were entirely new and, while six, seven, eight, 11, 12, 14 and 15 bear relation to today’s greens, (eight being nine and 11 being 12), the layout was different. More changes were made to the course in 1919 by James Braid following the ravages of the Great War.

Accommodation: The King's Head and The Royal Hotel on Deal seafront.


  • Course Summary

  • Costs 4 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4 out of 5
  • Players Rating Not yet rated
  • Address
    Golf Road, , DEAL
  • Tel 01304 374007
  • Website

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees Mon-Fri £130; Sat-Sun £155.
Course Length 6,960 yards (6,364 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course has: Handicap

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