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Last updated: 16 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Fionn Davenport

On the Kent coast overlooking Sandwich Bay, Royal St George’s is England’s greatest links course. There are notable rivals, but this course beats them by virtue of its layout (broadly circular, like Muirfield), its natural landscaping and the sheer quality of its very best holes – the 4th (home to England’s deepest bunker), the steep, sandy 6th (aka Maiden) and the 15th, with its virtually symmetrical bunkers.

Host of 15 Open Championships – including the 2021 edition – this natural beauty is one of the world’s very best links courses. It’s a tough track for sure, with severely undulating fairways and a good score is well-earned, but its rewards are timeless.

Price from: £160
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
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Getting there & doing it

The course is roughly a mile east of Sandwich. The course is open to visitors playing off 18 or better, weekdays only, and then on production of a handicap cert. No three- or four-balls are allowed in August.

When to do it

The course is open all year round, seven days a week, but the course is best played between March and September, when the weather is good and you can play off the fairways.

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