Sitting on Golf Road, in Deal, Kent on the south-east coast of England, lies the renowned Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club. It has been a major player in England’s golfing community since its establishment in 1892. This prestigious eighteen hole championship links golf course is in rare company, as one of few who has hosted the Open Championship twice, with the major being played there in 1909 and 1920.
These links play along the coast of the English Channel, with Kent so close to France that you could nearly land your drive in Calais. Royal Cinque Ports, or Deal as it is more commonly known, is a very traditional links golf course, with great testing bunkers spread out over the ridged dune land. The wind will be a constant factor, and the best holes will be the ones where you have to play into the breeze.
Like many courses of a similar age, Deal has evolved down through the years. The course has been managed impeccably, ensuring any changes are in keeping with the grand traditions, but tweaks have of course been implemented. The punchbowl green at the third hole, with tremendous wavy contours, has remained a constant since Harry Hunter created it in the 1890’s, and it is a wonderful feature of Royal Cinque Ports.
Royal Cinque Ports’ stature remains as high as ever in the modern game. It has held the Public Schools Championship, the world’s biggest amateur championship, every year since 1924. With next door neighbours such as Royal St. George’s and Prince’s Golf Club, a trip to Royal Cinque Ports would make a fine chapter in a tour of England’s magnificent south-east golf clubs.