championship links

Where history was made...

Royal St George's 

This wild and windy championship links, founded in 1887, is one of England’s most picturesque, offering stunning views over Pegwell Bay and Kent’s white cliffs. It is deceptively challenging thanks to its severely undulating fairways, tricky greens and a splattering of blind tee shots and pot bunkers. Its thatched roof shelters, the red cross of St George on its pin flags and the existence of the UK’s tallest and deepest bunker that faces you at the 4th tee make St George’s both unique and mesmerizing.

The club was immortalized forever by one of its most famous members, Ian Fleming, when he used it as the setting for that classic match between James Bond and his rival Auric Goldfinger in the novel of the same name. Royal St George’s has a distinguished golfing history and has hosted many amateur and professional tournaments since the 1880s, including The Open Championship on 14 occasions, most recently in 2011.

www.royalstgeorges.com

Royal Cinque Ports

The Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club is a Members' Club with an 18-hole Championship Links golf course, regarded by many as one of the finest in the world. The Club also has excellent practice facilities, including a driving range, putting green, chipping green and pitching greens. The Club has been the scene of many Championships, including two Open Championships in 1909 and 1920.

The Club hosted the Amateur Championship in 2013 and is one of four Final Open Qualifying venues from 2014-2017. Since 1924, Royal Cinque Ports has been home every year to the Halford Hewitt Public Schools Championship which is the largest amateur tournament in the world. Visitors are very welcome all year round.

www.royalcinqueports.com

Prince's Golf Club

Prince’s Golf Club boasts 27 holes of championship links in three 9-hole loops: The Shore, The Dunes and The Himalayas. Each loop has its own unique characteristics that have recently benefited from substantial investment and redevelopment. An impressive array of 97 revetted bunkers, including the now-famous Sarazen Bunker, rolling greens and seaside breezes make for challenging golf.

Prince’s also offers well-appointed apartment accommodation at The Lodge at Prince’s and a modern, contemporary restaurant, Brasserie on the Bay, offering stunning views over Sandwich Bay, surrounding golf courses and beyond.

www.princesgolfclub.co.uk

Littlestone

Founded in 1888 and a little further west from the trio of Prince’s, Royal St George’s and Deal, Littlestone is another wonderful, traditional championship links course laid out on naturally undulating land and its own range of sand dunes. Set between Romney Marsh and the English Channel, this stretch of coastline enjoys a unique microclimate making it one of the driest places in England. The course today reflects design input by a host of great course architects. 

Originally laid out by Laidlaw Purves, the course was tweaked by James Braid at the turn of the 20th century and then modernised in the 1920s by Alister MacKenzie. Following the WWII, Frank Pennink made a number of bunker modifications whilst Donald Steel and Peter Alliss advised on minor changes in 2000.Throughout its long and distinguished history, the course has hosted many major championships and was chosen as a Final Qualifying Course for The 2011 Open Championship.

www.littlestonegolfclub.org.uk