The History of The Open in Kent - Part 4

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, as we arrive today at the final chapter of the famous Claret Jug's journey in Kent...  

Part 4: 

The Kent coast is home to not one but three courses to have staged The Open. In 1909, the eyes of the world turned to Royal Cinque Ports in Deal, just a few miles from Royal St George’s. After a fantastic first day, former winner JH Turner had a nerve-wracking second morning, with a series of missed opportunities and a poor drive on the 16th hole. Despite this, Taylor managed to defend his lead, winning by six strokes and taking the title back for the first time in nine years! The Open returned to Royal Cinque Ports again in 1920, when Duncan took the title in an astonishing turn of events that saw him take the lead on the second day after purchasing a brand-new driver from the exhibition tent!

Another sensational course on the Kent coast, Prince’s hosted the Championship in 1932. American Gene Sarazen was the ultimate victor, becoming only the third Champion Golfer to retain their lead after every round of the Championship. Interestingly it was also at the 1932 Championship in Sandwich that the newly invented sand wedge was first used in competition, helping Sarazen to achieve a new scoring record of just 283. That’s right, the sand wedge was first used in Sandwich!

So there you have it, a (very) brief look at Kent’s astonishing Open Championship history. With three top quality links courses, record-breaking scores and unexpected twists, it’s been a nail-biting 133 years!

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