Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club overview
Royal Cinque Ports (also known as Deal) was founded in 1892 and 15 weeks later the first 9 holes opened for play, with a full 18 completed by 1898. Its Royal title came in 1910 which coincided with the election of King George V as patron, and then sadly the links were pretty much destroyed during World War 1. After an excellent restoration job by James Braid, the course reopened in 1919, only for this whole process to be repeated due to World War 2, with Sir Guy Campbell (aided by Henry Cotton) nursing the original layout back to good health this time.
The first Open Championship was awarded to Deal in 1909 and then again in 1920, with two further attempts in 1938 and 1949 thwarted by abnormally high tides resulting in the course being submerged. Today Deal is an Open Championship Final Qualifying course and hosts several amateur events, including the Halford Hewitt which is the championships for Britain’s private schools and considered the world’s largest true amateur golf event.
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Course overview
A classic links layout with the out-and-back nines, Royal Cinque Ports sits on Kent’s east coast in the very southeast of England. It is one of three past and present Open Championship courses along this short stretch of coastline, with Royal St George’s and Prince's being the other two.
At over 7300 yards off the tips and a par-72, Deal is regarded as a very stiff challenge primarily due to the tough back nine which invariably plays directly into the teeth of the prevailing south-westerly wind. The course is narrow and quite stark with only the sandhills and wild dune grasses providing any definition. Expect tight hanging lies from the fairways and make sure you score well on the front nine.
The 496-yard par-4 16th is the best hole on the course and included as one of Henry Cotton’s ‘Eighteen best holes in England’. A big drive is required to carry the cross bunker and set up a go at the green, which is small, undulating and elevated. A par will feel like a birdie.
Did You Know?
When the Open Championship had to be moved from Deal due to abnormally high sea levels in 1938 and 1949, the defending champion on both occasions was Henry Cotton.
Accommodation near Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
The Lodge at Prince's Golf Club
The Lodge at Prince’s offers 38 large suite-style rooms that have been built for golfers, along with multiple dining options and 27-holes of championship links golf.
A beautiful Georgian hotel dating back to the early 18th century, The Royal is ideally located on the seafront at Deal, which is on Kent’s east coast just 2 hours from London.
The Bell Hotel
A historic 37-bedroom hotel overlooking the River Stour in the center of Sandwich town, which is less than 5 miles from three past and present Open Championship golf courses. Easy access from London.