Royal St. George's
Designer: Laidlaw Purves
Length: 7,070 yards
Royal St. George's hosted its first of fourteen Open Championship in 1894, only seven years from opening. It was the first Open to be played outside Scotland.
The course is not a traditional out and back layout. In a similar style to Muirfield, each nine is a loose figure of eight. There is nothing artificial about Royal St George's; there is a natural look and feel to the course that blends beautifully into the surroundings, with wild flowers, dune grasses and the sweet song of the lark. Commanding views over Pegwell Bay and the white cliffs of Dover ensure an engaging experience.
Royal St George's is worthy of its championship status with very undulating fairways making good scoring very tough. To play well, the golfer must be comfortable hitting from all types of lies while accounting for the ever-present wind.