Royal St. Georges Golf Club
Royal St. Georges Golf Club is the first course in England to have hosted the Open Championship in 1894, and most recently hosted the event in 2011. The Club has hosted many major tournaments as well as the Open including the Walker Cup, The Curtis Cup, The PGA Championship, among others. This is a links course full of awkward twists and turns, each designed to derail an overconfident approach. Here you will find sweeping rough, deep bunkers and huge sand hills. This is not a traditional out and back links but rather is circular in a loose figure of eight. All of the holes are different and memorable. Please note that strict handicap limits are set at 18 maximum by the club for both visiting men & ladies. Ranked #12 on Golf Digest’s list of 100 Greatest Courses Outside the US.
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, or the Deal Course as it is more commonly known, is a traditional seaside course situated on a narrow strip of land between the English Channel and farm grazing land, extending out towards the Sandwich Bay and returning inland to its starting point in a traditional links layout. Deal hosted the Open Championship in 1909 and 1920. The course’s uniqueness is a result of the monumental sand dunes that rise imposingly alongside the pristine fairways where a level lie is rarely assured.
Prince’s Golf Club
Prince’s Golf Club, located at Sandwich on the Kent coastline, provides all that is best in modern links golf. The layout itself is a classic seaside course in character reflecting the features of terrain. The 27 holes at Princes are used as qualifying events for the Open, where it last hosted this championship event in 1932. Prince’s is always at the mercy of the elements as the course conditions can dramatically altar with the wind.
Sunningdale Golf Club – Old Course
Sunningdale Golf Club – Old Course, designed by Willie Park, is the more famous of the two courses and acquired the title of Old when the New Course was built in the 1920`s. The Old course is widely regarded as one of the finest inland courses in England with 103 bunkers and pine, birch and oak trees lining the heather culminating with the famous 18th hole and the final green below the ”Sunningdale Oak Tree”. Bobby Jones so loved the course that he took his cherished memories of Sunningdale back to the U.S. and incorporated many of them in his design of Augusta National. Ranked #10 on Golf Digest’s list of 100 Greatest Courses Outside the US.
Walton Heath Golf Club – Old Course
Walton Heath Golf Club – Old Course, a classic heath-land layout, opened in 1904 and has hosted several major golfing events, most notably the 1981 Ryder Cup when Nicklaus and team USA crushed the all star Europeans, to date the heaviest defeat a European team has suffered at the hands of the US, and the Senior Open Championship in 2011. Fairways are clad in heather and gorse and are flanked on both sides by deep woodlands of pine and silver birch. The club has a fascinating history as five times Open Championship James Braid was the first professional, and its members have included Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George. Ranked #36 on Golf Digest’s list of 100 Greatest Courses Outside the US.
Wentworth Club – West Course
Wentworth Club – West Course – Opened in 1926 and originally designed by Harry Colt, Wentworth is located less than an hour from London and boasts 3 championship 18 hole courses, a 9 hole Par-3, world class practice facilities and a fabulous clubhouse with 10 double bedroom accommodations for visitors wishing to play here, as well as the Wentworth Grill. The West Course winds like a vast coiling snake through the big, heavily wooded estate. A tough test of golf in beautiful surroundings. Ranked #59 on Golf Digest’s list of 100 Greatest Courses Outside the US.