Royal St Georges Golf Club

Royal St Georges Golf Club, Kent is an 18 hole, par 70 (7204 yard), private, links golf course designed by William Laidlaw Purves in 1887.

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Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9PB United Kingdom

Tel: 01304 613090 | Fax: 01304 611245

Website: http://www.royalstgeorges.com/

Golf Pro: Justen Fiddler | Tel: 01304 615236

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Price Guide: £££££
  • Midweek Guide: £170.00 per round *
  • Weekend Guide: members only *

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Course Information: 18 holes | Par 70 | 7204 yards | Private | Links

Facilities: Driving range, Golf clubs for hire, Golf buggies for hire, Golf pro shop, Changing rooms, Golf clubhouse, Bar, Food available, Available for functions, golf course.

  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available

Location: http://www.royalstgeorges.com/directions

Designed by: William Laidlaw Purves

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Course Tee Par SSS Yds
Royal St GeorgesChampionsh70747204
Royal St GeorgesMedal70726630
Royal St GeorgesWeekday70716340

Royal St Georges Golf Club Reviews & Information

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  4.74

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 47
Breakdown Averages

4.69 ... Overall Rating
4.77 ... The Course
4.44 ... Facilities/Serv.
4.00 ... VFM
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47 ratings from Golfshake members - Ranked 48 out of 1971.

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What the club says: Royal St George’s is one of the world’s great courses. Having hosted Opens, PGA and Amateur Championships and Walker and Curtis Cups, it has been witness to more golfing history than any other in England. It was also the setting, in the guise of Royal St Mark’s, of golf’s most famous fictional match, the contest between James Bond and Goldfinger.

Designed by William Laidlaw Purves in 1887, it has constantly evolved to pose a tough test for championship and more modest players alike. In common with many links, it is characterised by humps and swales, dunes and wild rough, fast-running fairways and deep bunkers.



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A faded 30’s seaside bungalow of a clubhouse, with predictably prissy dress code.. A miniscule car park. A 300 squelchy yard romp to a practise range, an imaginative flat saucer putting green. A featureless coastline to border the grey moonscape that can only be St Georges. Even the list of recent winners of the claret jug read not so much a who’s who, as a who’s not of world golf, with just two other majors to the names of the last 5 winners. Perhaps the large run offs and wide fairways mean luck plays a bigger factor than it strictly should. Don’t expect distance markers on flags, much less marker posts to assist the numerous blind shots
And yet none of this matters at all. This is not the course for the bar room bore who can only talk about his backswing, or the yellow neophyte with little historical interest in the game. This is the course which must have had as many memorable Open moments over it’s 14 incarnations, as any other. This is the course for those that know of Bradshaws’ bottle and Duncans’ hollow. Langers OB or the Sands of Bjorn. Couples’ footle into the burn, Normans or Cottons imperious rampages to the title of Champion golfer. We don’t complain of the nouveaux baroque columns at Buckingham Palace, or the pompadoured rococo stylistic exercise that is Tower Bridge. If you complain about Royal St Georges shortcomings, you are simply seeing the game as would a soulless, detached automaton.
- Dec 15 2015


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Dean S rated 5 out of 5 - Jul 10 2018

Deserved No1
Not much I can add to what has already been said. Simply wonderful.
Fully-deserving if its ranking as England?s No1. Every hole an experience and adventure..especially some of the routes I took!
A demanding but fair test where good shots can be rewarded, if you avoid the bunkers! A complete privilege to play.
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Matt J rated 3 out of 5 - Feb 19 2018

Not what I expected
This course is rated no.1 in the country & held several Major championships. Now don't get me wrong it's a very nice course & full of history. Just didn't live up to the hype. Played in the winter in the freezing cold 40mph wind which made it tough. Not impossible though & think on a summers day it could be got at. Needed a caddy which helped. Just not quite the picturesque scene I had hoped for. It's on the coast but can barely see the seaside. Bear in mind it's very expensive. I've played a lot better courses.
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Col rated 5 out of 5 - Jan 29 2018

True Links
Not a flashy venue but so much history and tradition take a while to look at the clubs,trophies and memorabilia from past opens in the cabinets in the clubhouse. Great changing rooms and the staff were 1st class from the pro shop, clubhouse and green staff. Get the full English it will keep you going all day!! Yes having to wear a jacket after 11am is a bit old fashioned but that’s there tradition and adds to the grandure of the place.
The course was in great condition for the time of year and every hole is different and depending on wind direction can play very long or shorter than expected I wouldn’t say a caddy is vital but a course planer is. The fairways are undulating and make for some tricky approach shots!
This is a true links gem. And at £100 off peak fantastic value.
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Mark C rated 4 out of 5 - Jan 6 2018

Beautiful course, fun to play, given the opportunity would love to play again.

(Round played: Nov 2017 - Score: 101 Handicap: 25.8)
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Ian W rated 4 out of 5 - Dec 12 2017

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Ian H rated 5 out of 5 - Oct 27 2017

lives up to the billing
absolutely world class course, facilities and people. definitely worth getting a caddie who are all super friendly. I played crap but had a great day.

(Round played: Oct 2017 - Score: 81 Handicap: 3.7)
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Graham (Kent) rated 5 out of 5 - Aug 26 2017

Golfs garden of Eden
A true test of golf,beautiful layout to forget the real world and walk in the footsteps of the greats of this wonderful game.
My favourite course by a country mile the blind shots punishing bunkers and sloping greens it's heaven.
Wonderful wonderful venue
Shame on anyone who can find fault at St Georges
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Ashley R rated 5 out of 5 - Jul 30 2017

Amazing course. Lived up to expectations.
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John P rated 3 out of 5 - Jul 1 2017

Overhyped
Clubhouse and facilities much smaller and less inspiring than anticipated. Jacket and tie requirement after 11am is a little pretentious for such a venue. Course was immaculate and greens very good but overall it lacks great golf holes. Bucket list course but there are much better courses and venues. Not a patch on Turnberry for example
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Dean C rated 5 out of 5 - Jun 14 2017

Hugely Enjoyable
Only managed to get 9 holes played the previous week due to horrendous weather. Good to experience a true links course at its worst (weather). The club were kind enough to allow us to re-book and the conditions couldn't have been more different. Bright sunshine/no wind and a true pleasure to play the course. On both occasions found the staff to be most welcoming and friendly. Superb.

(Round played: Jun 2017 - Score: 98 Handicap: )
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Duncan S rated 4 out of 5 - May 7 2017


Tough course and you have to plot your way round. Greens were very good. Not a very welcoming Club.
(Round played: May 2017 - Score: 85 Handicap: )
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Simon H rated 4 out of 5 - Apr 2 2017

Lucky with the weather, warm welcome by the staff and decent scoring. What better way to start the week.

(Round played: Mar 2017 - Score: 97 Handicap: 22.3)
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Justin S rated 4 out of 5 - Mar 17 2017

Always a great experience here! Great fun to walk in the footsteps of so many golfing legends.

Pro shop and caddymaster very friendly and helpful. Everything in the clubhouse is very traditional - In this respect RSG doesn't do modern so probably best not to expect it to avoid disappointment. There are plenty of good places in Sandwich for food and drink if you forget your collar and tie anyway.

Excellent day out and worth paying to do at least once in a lifetime! Or twice...
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Matthew P rated 5 out of 5 - Mar 1 2017

WOW, what a course. We was lucky to get on thanks to a friend and we enjoyed every second of this amazing track. Caddies we're pretty good as well.

(Round played: Sep 2016 - Score: 88 Handicap: 15.9)
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James D rated 5 out of 5 - Feb 28 2017

Stunning course and highly recommended.
Great food after as well

(Round played: Feb 2017 - Score: 88 Handicap: 14.7)
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Santo Domingo rated 5 out of 5 - Nov 13 2016

I am not sure why Royal St Georges permits green fee players .It has many socities playing and a solid membership. .St Georges is an experience of understated quality from the very moment you enter the lane to the club , to playing on the huge layout and to lunching afterwards. There are those who are not accustomed to changing for lunch , nor to restrained welcomes and write critical reports .Every time I play there , I have had a wonderfully relaxing day . The greens and fairways need maintenance and rotten luck if you play at these times , but really , you can still enjoy the challenge .
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Pete B rated 5 out of 5 - May 24 2016

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Steve E rated 5 out of 5 - Dec 29 2015

A course that can be difficult to navigate for the first time. I was quite nervous as the course has a a daunting reputation, but it was really good to test myself on a more challenging course. Stay straight off the tee or lose a lot of golf balls!

(Round played: Dec 2015 - Score: 102 Handicap: 25.9)
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Large Chris rated 5 out of 5 - Dec 21 2015

As Seve said on his first visit ¿dónde está el campo de golf. Where is the golf course.
The biggest most cragged dunes of any Course on the Open rota, leading to many blind tee shots, and if it's a little wet underfoot you will get severe sloppy lies even from good tee shots. Many of the pros dislike it as they see it as unfair and unrewarding of their perfect strikes. But for everyone else who is less good than scratch, I argue that the large verging on enormous greens and bunkers mostly set a few yards back from the putting surface make St Georges the most fun to play of any British Links. The pros would take Birkdale all day long, but most amateurs will tire of the bunkers left and right off every tee shot and small greens always running off into the pots. By contrast, St Georges is far more forgiving, and in many places very flattering. Yes the clubhouse rules are stuck in the past, Lytham and Liverpool for example are virtually fully open to the visitor who can spend ages soaking up the history on display, St Georges is a little more.... Self important. But you know, that's ok. The George even seems to have a machine to keep the rough penal but sufficiently thinned out to make losing balls a rarity the times I've played it. If I had to play just one course the rest of my life - maybe this one. Magnificent.
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Giless C rated 5 out of 5 - Dec 15 2015

A faded 30’s seaside bungalow of a clubhouse, with predictably prissy dress code.. A miniscule car park. A 300 squelchy yard romp to a practise range, an imaginative flat saucer putting green. A featureless coastline to border the grey moonscape that can only be St Georges. Even the list of recent winners of the claret jug read not so much a who’s who, as a who’s not of world golf, with just two other majors to the names of the last 5 winners. Perhaps the large run offs and wide fairways mean luck plays a bigger factor than it strictly should. Don’t expect distance markers on flags, much less marker posts to assist the numerous blind shots
And yet none of this matters at all. This is not the course for the bar room bore who can only talk about his backswing, or the yellow neophyte with little historical interest in the game. This is the course which must have had as many memorable Open moments over it’s 14 incarnations, as any other. This is the course for those that know of Bradshaws’ bottle and Duncans’ hollow. Langers OB or the Sands of Bjorn. Couples’ footle into the burn, Normans or Cottons imperious rampages to the title of Champion golfer. We don’t complain of the nouveaux baroque columns at Buckingham Palace, or the pompadoured rococo stylistic exercise that is Tower Bridge. If you complain about Royal St Georges shortcomings, you are simply seeing the game as would a soulless, detached automaton.
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