Top 100 links golf courses in GB&I: 5 – Royal St George’s

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We take a closer look at Royal St George's in our top 100 list of links golf courses in GB&I

For information about our top 100 list panellists CLICK HERE
To find how how we conducted the test CLICK HERE

5. Royal St George’s
Kent, England

Fact File:
Yards: 6,930
Par: 70
Designer: Dr Laidlaw Purves
Address: Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9PB
Full course listing: CLICK HERE

What our panellists said:

AL: England’s best course – and it’s not close.

MM: Classic links, towering dunes in places.

KE: One of the best, if not the best, of the Open venues. Tough and scenic.

CC: Good but somewhat quirky in places.

Commentary: Royal St George’s is not always loved by the top pros (who prefer straight bounces and even stances) or visitors to the Open (getting in and out of this medieval town can be a trial) but we were concerned with neither of those elements here. 

On a grand scale, Sandwich combines great views and dramatic linksland with some outrageous greens and precise bunkering. 

It’s also fun – an element and theme of what makes a great course that our panel have repeatedly come back to. There are so many highlights to a round here and that, ultimately, is what lifted it narrowly above Birkdale.

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To find how how we conducted the test CLICK HERE

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