The History of The Open in Kent - Part 2

As we commemorate what would have been the weekend of the 149th Open Championship here in the Garden of England, we're taking a look back through the archives and sharing Kent's long heritage in hosting this prestigious sporting event. 

Take a look at yesterday's instalment, and don't forget to check back tomorrow for the next chapter of the famous Claret Jug's journey in Kent... 

Part 2: 

The nail-biting firsts continued for Royal St George’s, as the club cemented its place as one of the leading courses in the world. In 1904 professional Jack White saw a string of successes in his bid for the title. In a record scoring day, White continuously improved his score with each round, breaking 300 over 72 holes for the first time in The Open’s history. But with James Braid close behind in the final round, things could have been very different for White if it wasn’t for a few misinformed spectators. With a tie in sight, Braid was told he only needed a four to meet White, but after scoring a 71, it turned out those well-meaning spectators were wrong – Braid had needed a three and ended just one short of White’s win!

1922 saw another close call as American Walter Hagen claimed the first of his titles. In the third round Hagen took the lead with an impressive 300 total, so impressive in fact it was thought unbeatable and several journalists notified the newspaper offices of Hagen’s impending win! Nevertheless, in the fourth round George Duncan made a remarkable comeback, closing just one short of Hagen. With just a four needed on the 18th, Duncan’s final approach rolled into a dip to the left of the green, ultimately costing him a tie and leading to Hagen’s victory. Nevertheless, Duncan’s name would still go down in history - to this very day the spot where his ill-fated approach ended is known as Duncan’s Hollow.

Do you have your own favourite memory of @TheOpen Championship in Kent? If so, don't forget to share it with us tagging @GolfInKent on Twitter, we'd love to hear from you.

We can't wait to welcome golfers from all over the world to enjoy our golf courses, and the range of wonderful activities Kent has to offer, when the prestigious Claret Jug returns to Royal St George's in 2021! 

Special offers

Over to you! With so many sensational courses, reopening and ready to welcome you, why not check out their latest offers and make your own history on Kent's courses? 

Hever Castle Golf Club

Championship Course:
Mon- Fri After 12pm £60 & after 4pm £39

Princes Course:
All week £20 9 holes or £30 18 holes

London Golf Club 

International Course:

Book between 1st and 31st July for the chance to win a Limited Edition Titleist Tour Bag.

Monday - Thursday
£115.00 per player(before 3 PM)
£75.00 per player(after 3 PM)


Play the championship course this July and be one of the first returning guests to stay at The Lodge and play all 27 holes! 

1 night B&B single occupancy • 2 days golf (up to 27 holes each day) • 2 course Dinner • £20 Pro Shop voucher - Sun – Thur £229pp Fri & Sat £259pp