Within twenty minutes of Ramsgate lie three golf clubs that have held the Open Championship – Royal St. George’s, Royal Cinque Ports and Prince’s. Royal St. George’s Golf Club has the honour of hosting the 2011 tournament.
East Kent is famed for its sensational links courses. Add these to plentiful parkland, woodland and cliff-top courses, and you have an area made for a golfing break.
Royal St. George’s is, put simply, one of the best golf courses in the world. On Thursday 14 July 2011, the course will host the fourteenth Open Championship of its illustrious history. If you are looking for accommodation for the Open, our holiday apartments are just a short, scenic drive away.
As you tee off on the 442-yard first hole you follow in the footsteps of the game’s greats – Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods to name but a few.
With its wild flowers and dune grass, this quintessential links course seamlessly blends into its surroundings. Pitching onto the impeccable greens, its flags emblazoned with the St. George’s cross, is not soon forgotten.
Nearby Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club offers the ultimate test of links golf. It is notorious for its large sand dunes, 66 bunkers and forceful wind which will make the back nine a real test of character.
No wonder renowned golf writer Bernard Darwin described the course as, “Very good indeed. Fine, straight-ahead, long hitting golf wherein the fives are likely to be many and the fours few.”
With recent improvements to the course and its striking white clubhouse, it may not be long before Royal Cinque Ports plays host to another Open Championship.
Historic Prince’s Golf Club completes the trio of links courses. The more affordable option, it is always in pristine condition and teems with humps and bumps, thick rough and head-high bunkers.
Mark Twain famously called golf “a good walk spoilt”. If your game is not going to plan there are sensational views to admire – the sun shining onto Pegwell Bay’s bright-white cliffs is a sight to behold.
With a friendly ambience, grand clubhouse and helpful staff, Prince’s comes thoroughly recommended.
A SEA VIEW FROM EVERY HOLE
Just a nine-iron away from Ramsgate is North Foreland Golf Club, found at the point where the English Channel meets the North Sea. Set high up on the cliff tops, it guarantees a sea view from every tee and every green.
Tee off at the 6430-yard Main Course or alternatively strike out on the charming Par-3 Northcliffe Course – it’s loads of fun and offers a great opportunity to practice your short game.
Away from the coast, East Kent boasts some of the best inland courses in the country.
Found on the Broome Park estate – once the home of Lord Kitchener – Broome Park Golf Club is a challenging parkland course. The approach shot to the 18th hole is a true test of nerves: a water hazard awaits that could make or break your round.
Canterbury Golf Club winds its way up and down the verdant Kent countryside, and its elevated tees and greens represent a real challenge. It teems with wildlife, so don’t be surprised if your putt is interrupted by a roaming pheasant, fox or even the resident albino squirrel!
You can play both Broome Park and Canterbury for half price if you buy vouchers from the 2-FORE!-1 scheme. These will make rounds of golf at these excellent courses fantastic value for money.
THE MORE I PRACTICE, THE LUCKIER I GET
Before playing at any of these courses it may be an idea to get to Manston Golf Centre. Just 10 minutes from Ramsgate, it is home to Kent’s biggest driving range. There is also a nine-hole course here which is perfectly suited to beginners.
These are just a handful of the myriad golf courses within easy reach of Ramsgate. There’s also Littlestone Golf Club, Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club, Faversham Golf Club – and many more. Wherever you play, you’ll find 18 holes that are anything but par for the course.