Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club Course Review - The two-time Open host is a classic links that can be seriously tough in the wind

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club Course Review

Green Fee Range: £65-£155

Medal Tee: Par 71 – 6,501 Yards

Visitor Times: Every day, check with club for details – 2-balls only except Thursday

Website: www.royalcinqueports.com

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club Course Review

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club Course Review

Set among the rolling dunes to the north of the Kentish town of Deal, Royal Cinque Ports is one of the finest links courses in the south of England.

Twice host to The Open, it forges out from the clubhouse, following the coastline towards the turn. The last seven holes can be seriously challenging into the wind!

Narrow undulating fairways, bounded by tangled grasses, gorse and the imposing coastal wall that separates the layout from the English Channel, lead past cunningly placed bunkers to wonderful sloping greens.

It’s a superb and secluded setting for golf on an impressive stretch of golfing coastline: Royal St George’s is next door.

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club has twice played host to the Open Championship: in 1909 when JH Taylor picked up the fourth of his five Open titles, and in 1920 when George Duncan was champion.

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club Course Review

It’s a course that’s welcomed numerous other significant competitions over the years, including the 2013 Amateur Championship.

From 2014 to 2017, the course is one of the four used in Final Qualifying for the Open Championship.

Out on the links, the prevailing wind helps on the front nine, and it’s over these holes a score must be made.

An uphill struggle waits if too many shots have been given up by the turn, and many promising scorecards have been ruined by the closing stretch. This is a layout that asks for powerful ball striking and creative shot making in equal measures.

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club Course Review – Golf Monthly Verdict

A strong and challenging links with a great history and characterful clubhouse