The 149th Open

The spectator stands are up, the greens are manicured, and the eyes of the sporting world are getting ready to focus all their attention on the glorious Garden of England for one exceptional week of championship golf...

Yes, after a longer-than-expected build up, The 149th Open finally arrives to the Kent coastline this month, with all the action set to tee off at Royal St George’s in Sandwich between 11th and 18th July. Call us biased, but we can think of no better destination to welcome this prestigious event. With 14 Open Championships to its name, more than any other course outside of Scotland, it’s safe to say Royal St George’s has truly earned its place among the world’s finest courses. Renowned for its stunning views across the Kent coast and those iconic white cliffs, the club has a long and distinguished history, even featuring as the setting for the match between 007 and Goldfinger in one of Ian Fleming’s famed James Bond novels! And with those undulating fairways and tricky greens to master, The 149th Open promises to be just as nail-biting.

Ready to start planning your next golf escape to the Garden of England? Get inspired with our Golf in Kent magazine...

We know you’ll be keen to hear about what makes Kent a world-class golf destination, so be sure to look at some of our favourite courses and start planning your golf break. If you didn’t already know, you’ll soon see our county is the proud home of three Open Championship hosts in White Cliffs Country - Royal St George’s Golf Club, Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club and Prince’s Golf Club. The east Kent coast also offers incredible links experiences atop of chalky white cliffs with views across the Channel. By contrast inland Kent with its rich, rolling countryside is the perfect backdrop to its heath land and parkland courses, including hosts of the Cazoo Classic, London Golf Club.

Beyond the greens, Kent has its own intriguing story to tell, with castles and cathedrals that have witnessed centuries of history, from murders and victories, to quarrelsome kings and queens, vineyards whose wines are lauded throughout the world, and a foodie heritage that has literally earned us the title of the Garden of England. Have we piqued your interest? Take a read of our 18 Reasons to Extend Your Golf Break in the Garden of England and discover our Blue Flag beaches, cultural hotspots and iconic landmarks for yourself.

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