As you’d expect for a course with such a noble name, Royal St. Georges holds true to the oldest and best traditions of the game. Historically, it’s been very important, hosting the first Open to be played outside Scotland in 1894 and being the site of two important British victories, the first by Henry Cotton in 1934 the second by Sandy Lyle in 1895.

More recently it was the venue for the greatest championships most unexpected triumph – Ben Curtis 2003. Found on a coastal stretch of wild, remore beauty in Kent. St. George’s is most notable for its demanding second shots. From the controlled power required to reach the the distant and trecherous 4th green to the judgement and courage needed onn approach to the 9t, iron play must be crisp to find reward.

Of course St. George’s is also a great test of driving ability – most importantly on two of the most exciting finishing holes in the game.

Best Hole: The 14th is a long, narrow par 5 with out of bounds running down the right. A truely great hole that will test your nerve and skill.

Web: www.royalstgeorges.com

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