Located in Sandwich, Kent, Royal St George’s Golf Club was the first club outside of Scotland to host the Open.
Featured in the 007 classic, Goldfinger, the course is set out in wild duneland, many holes feature blind shots, and the fourth hole has the deepest bunker in championship golf, knick named Big Bertha it’s well over 6ft deep.
Open Championships at Royal St George’s
The Open was last hosted at Royal St George’s most recently in 2011 when Darren Clarke finished three strokes ahead of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson to win the Open at his 20th attempt, shooting even-par or under for all four rounds (68-68-69-70), before that in2003 rookie Ben Curtis came out on top ahead of Thomas Bjorn to win his first professional title.
The Royal St George’s Golf Course
Sandwich in Kent is just south of London and on the Channel coast facing France. Sandwich is a coastal resort town and there are plenty of small guest houses, traditional bed and breakfasts and apartments as well as top notch hotels.
The course is a mile or so outside of Sandwich, a small historic town in Kent with many original medieval buildings and just a handful of small inns and hotels. There are plenty of traditional bed and breakfast places in the surrounding area and the much larger town of Ramsgate is just 5 miles away.
The New Inn in Sandwich, has ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation and a friendly and comfortable bar area with home cooked food available all day.
Deal is a lovely quiet seaside resort and fishing port a few miles south of Sandwich, with accommodation such as the The Beachbrow Hotel, small, family run with helpful welcoming staff. The hotel was founded in the late 1700s, when Lord Nelson would berth in Deal.
More information available from the Royal St George’s Golf Club website.