The History of The Open in Kent - Part 3

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 3: 

After hosting the Championship nine times up until 1938, The Open didn’t return to Sandwich for an astonishing 31 years. In fact, so many years had passed since Royal St George’s last staging, that a completely new league of pros has been established, with little familiarity with the course. After winning the World Match Play at Wentworth, Bill Rogers had been persuaded by his friend Ben Crenshaw to compete at Royal St George’s. Rogers’ first day got off to a shaky start after mis-reading

the starting list and nearly missing his tee time. In fact, if it hadn’t been for journalist John Whitbread raising the alarm to Rogers, the history books could have been very different! Luckily, what followed was a remarkable competition, as Jack Nicklaus achieved the worst score of his career on day one and Rogers took to the top of the leader board, ultimately winning by four strokes to lift the Claret Jug.

It’s a tale told many times since, but Darren Clarke’s rise to victory in 2011 is the ultimate proof that all good things come to those who wait. After 19 appearances, Clarke took on the wet weather of the coast to win by three strokes! With a winter spent playing at Portrush in often challenging weather, this Irishman was well prepped for the conditions that met the pros in Sandwich that summer. Cool and windy weather was no match for a man who had grown up playing links golf on the Irish coast, leading to Clarke becoming the oldest Champion Golfer since Vincenzo in 1967.

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