Royal St. George’s Golf Club is quintessentially English. This distinguished golf club continues to be an essential part of English golf’s identity, and the golfing test available here is as good as any. Only the very best courses earn the Royal prefix, and it is always a joy to take on the course over eighteen superb holes.
Royal St. George’s has been an integral part of England’s golfing landscape since its inception in 1887, hosting the Open Championship on fourteen occasions since 1894, which makes it the most frequent English host of the major championship. The championship layout plays at just over 7200 yards, which is a significant distance for a links course.
The course resides in Sandwich, in the county of Kent, on England’s south-east coast. Once you pass through the quaint old starters hut, you can feel the fresh coastal breeze that wafts around the grounds. Tee off from the same spot that Walter Hagen, Sandy Lyle and Greg Norman teed off from on their winning circuits around the course. The whole club is coated in a fabulous history, and nothing gives you a sense of it like playing a round.
The green fairways roll on and on, with your gleeful ball having ample ground to move into. The course features some seismic bunkers along the way, some of which tower so high above you that you will just have to stop and laugh. The thick rough gets thicker the further off line you are, and all in all Royal St. George’s is a consummate golfing test. Take on the course that has stumped many of the best, at one time or another, and see what Royal St. George’s is all about.