Royal St. George’s has a unique place in golfing history. Set amidst the undulating dunes of Kent’s coastline, it was here – in the Garden of England – that The Open was first played outside Scotland in 1894.
The club’s distinctive, thatched shelter huts date back to that time. They lend a charming air, but don’t be deceived – this is a links of great complexity.
Every hole runs in a different direction and crosswinds race over most of them. This will be the 15th time Royal St. George’s has hosted The Open, with legends such as Sandy Lyle and Greg Norman both previous winners. The most recent champion to lift the Claret Jug here was Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke in 2011.