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.

Contact Information

Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9PB United Kingdom

Tel: 01304 613090

Golf Pro: Justen Fiddler | Tel: 01304 615236

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

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

* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.

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

Driving rangeGolf club hireBuggy HireGolf shop Changing roomsClubhouse BarFood Function Room Hire Handicap required

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  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available

Royal St Georges Golf Club Reviews & Information


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  4.6

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 52
Average Ratings
4.69 ... Overall Rating
4.80 ... The Course
4.67 ... Course Cond.
4.46 ... Facilities/Serv.
3.96 ... VFM
Addtional Ratings
4.57 ... Pace of play
4.47 ... Hospitality.
4.00 ... Prac. Facil.
4.00 ... Food + Drink
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52 ratings & 39 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 202 out of 2122.

HIGHLY RATED - 94% would play again or recommend

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Reviewed Dec 15 2015 by Giless C - rated 5 out of 5
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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Reviewed Oct 4 2019 by Richard T - rated 5 out of 5

Superb

Played RSG on a beautiful day in early September. The wind was about 15mph. I started brilliantly, only 3 over after 10. It went down hill a bit after that as I started driving badly. The course is great especially the front nine. Holes 2 to 8 are the most memorable. 4 is iconic, with the massive bunker you drive over and 5 has those mountainous sand dunes to go over for you second shot. The changing rooms are nice but I found the bar a bit underwhelming. Still we enjoyed a couple of masterbrews outside on the terrace - very nice.

(Round played: Sep 2019 - Score: 83 Handicap: 11.7)
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Reviewed Jul 10 2018 by Dean S - rated 5 out of 5

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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Reviewed Jan 29 2018 by Col - rated 5 out of 5

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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Reviewed Oct 27 2017 by Ian H - rated 5 out of 5

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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Reviewed Nov 13 2016 by Santo Domingo - rated 5 out of 5
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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Reviewed Dec 21 2015 by Large Chris - rated 5 out of 5
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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Reviewed Jul 1 2015 by Robert W - rated 5 out of 5
Classic links course that takes some working out. Almost every hole plays in a different direction so it can be somewhat beguiling. The fairways don't always reward a good drive either but the greens were in good nick for the time of year and rough not as penal as in high summer. Great value if you can find good weather before 1st April.

(Round played: Mar 2015 - Score: 83 Handicap: 8.4)
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Reviewed May 30 2014 by Alex B - rated 5 out of 5
From the very start you knew it was going to be a good day. Light winds, superb facilities. The pro was ever so helpful. Played two rounds in the day and was left wanting more. Will be visiting again for sure!

(Round played: May 2014 - Score: 78 Handicap: 6.6)
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Reviewed Apr 1 2011 by Chris R - rated 5 out of 5
Just completed a truly memorable experience at Royal St Georges. Stayed overnight at the club in the Dormy House which gives me a view of the course from my window and really made me feel part of the club for a day. Met Geoff the Steward who could not have been more helpful. The had a great cooked breakfast before heading out into 30mph winds to play this years Open venue. My day ticket included a wonderful carvery meal in the dining room (jacket and tie required and the followed this up with another 18 holes of Championship golf course this time in sunshine but still a strong wind. This is not the best course in Britain by a long shot but is still clearly a very fine links course and a stern test of your shot making ability. Very well conditioned despite the many GUR bunkers for the Open. However as an overall experience it was truly unforgettable and a relative bargain for £215 for 1 nights B&B, 36 holes and an excellent lunch. Service throughout was excellent and very welcoming. Although beware the long walk to the 10th if you are teeing off from there!
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Reviewed Mar 25 2011 by Roger M - rated 3 out of 5
Currently ranked 2nd best course in England and the venue for this years Open Championship. I travelled to Kent to take advantage of the £90 Winter rate. The link attached gives you as much detail and opinion as you could want - http://www.top100golfcourses.co.uk/htmls
ite/productdetails.asp?id=19. I appear to be in the minority in considering the ranking to be too high. Yes, there is plenty of history, the course is a majestic links in places and is in great condition throughout, however, there are some ordinary holes, the scenery is ugly in places and the clubhouse is unwelcoming. For my own part, give me Sunningdale, Woodhall Spa, Walton Heath and others above RSG but this won't stop me seeking out the likes of Birkdale, L&SA, Liverpool etc for more links experiences.
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Reviewed Sep 29 2010 by Samuel L - rated 5 out of 5
this course never stops changing, the scenery is brilliant, weather is often its own from the rest of the county.

but when its bad it can really be a nightmare. though iv seen this very few times, in summer its always worth the 2 hour drive
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Reviewed Oct 2 2019 by Tony M - rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed Aug 13 2019 by Barry G - rated 5 out of 5

The Open venue for 2020

Just phenomenal, this course is fantastic, a real challenge, particularly when the wind blows.
The championship tees add plenty of length and a different outlook to most of the holes.
Thoroughly enjoyed this majestic course and highly recommend to play it, if you get you the chance.
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Reviewed Jul 24 2019 by Lee M - rated 5 out of 5
Amazing Venue, would play again & again...................................
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(Round played: Jul 2019 - Score: 74 Handicap: 2)
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Reviewed Apr 7 2019 by Pepi B - rated 3 out of 5

Great Course - stuck in ancient times

This is an amazing links course host to next years Open. Everything about the course lived up to expectations. However, how archaic to put a group of 150 golfers crammed into the tiny Snack Bar after finishing the round rather than remove the stuffy requirement of Jacket and Tie in the main Lounge (obviously empty). This is not the way forward.
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Reviewed Oct 18 2018 by Matthew B - rated 5 out of 5

Amazing

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Reviewed Feb 19 2018 by Matt J - rated 3 out of 5

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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Reviewed Jan 6 2018 by Mark C - rated 4 out of 5
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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Reviewed Dec 12 2017 by Ian W - rated 4 out of 5
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