What we say
Memorable links, with a special feel, it has an interesting design, protected by wispy grass to prevent big hitters tearing it up. A great day out, a chance to listen to nothing but skylarks and the distant sea lapping.
A classic links layout, offering a true test of golf and demanding the full range of shots. The four par 3s are excellent. There are several star holes but we'll go for the 154-yard par-3 6th that's superbly guarded by bunkers.
The doyen of golf writers, Bernard Darwin, summed up Royal St George's like this: "This is as nearly my idea of heaven as is to be attained on earthly links." It's certainly old-fashioned golf with blind shots and pot bunkers galore. This was the first golf course in England to hold The Open and was discovered by two Scotsmen whose intention was to build the St Andrews of the south.
Dr Laidlaw Purves, of the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, designed and established Royal St George's in 1887. Named St. George's, it was to the South's answer to Scotland's St. Andrew's and Royal status was bestowed on the club by the King in May 1902. Besides 13 Open Championships, St George's has hosted many other top events, including the Walker Cup, Curtis Cup, the Amateur Championship, the PGA Championship, Home Internationals and the Brabazon Trophy.
The golf course provides a severe test for even the greatest of golfers and the fact that only three Open winners - Bill Rogers in 1981, Greg Norman in 1993 and Ben Curtis in 2003 - have managed to be under par after 72 holes, tells its own story. As a result, most of the game's biggest names have paraded their skills at St George's and that includes Arnie Palmer who won the PGA there in 1975.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman says: "It’s down in my neck of the woods, and again a lovely challenging course. I enjoy the vagaries of links courses, the peculiar bounces you get and even the heartbreak of seeing your ball trickle into a steep pot bunker."
Accommodation: There's some on-site dormy accommodation available, featuring up to 10 single rooms.
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- Address Royal St Georges Golf Club, Sandwich Bay, SANDWICH
- Tel 01304 613090
- Website www.royalstgeorges.com
|Green Fees||£80- £170|
|Course Length||6,609 yards (6,043 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course has: 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