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Prince's Golf Club

Princes Drive,

Sandwich, Kent CT13 9QB

  • Office

    +44 (0)1304 611 118
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1304 613 797
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1304 612 000
  • Golf pro

    Several
  • Academy

    The Links Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    27 holes. Seaside links. Relatively flat terrain.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Original course designed by Charles Hutchings & Percy Montagu Lucas (1906). Current 27-hole layout resulted from a significant post-war redesign by Sir Guy Campbell & John Morrison (1950).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7204
6619
5850
Par
72
72
76
SSS or slope
74
72
75

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Shore-Dunes combination. At 3,201 yds from the back tees, the par-36 Himalayas-nine is slightly shorter than the other two nines.

Location

Latitude:

51.295531

Longitude:

1.370941

How to get there:

17 miles N of Dover

From the centre of Sandwich (Bell Hotel) follow The Quay for 100 yds before turning sharp right, and after another 150 yds sharp left. Follow Guilford Road south out of Sandwich for 1.8 mi (going through toll gate). After toll turn left into Kings Ave, and then left again at sea front. Follow road a further 1 mile to Prince's golf.

Prince's Golf Club

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1906

Prince's Golf Club: Here at Prince’s Golf Club you'll find 27 excellent holes of links golf. Just over the fence and sharing similar terrain is Royal St George’s; but Prince’s is far from overshadowed by its venerable neighbour. The three nine-hole loops at Prince's, laid out over gently undulating terrain, are sure to bring a smile of satisfaction to all lovers of links golf.

The interwoven Shore and Dunes nines seem to fit together the best, although some would advocate Shore-Himalayas as the toughest test. Whichever combination you play, you'll be able to enjoy Prince's wonderful collection of par-3 holes, as well as many formidable par-4s and 5s. The general maintenance of tee-boxes and fairways may not quite match-up to its Royal neighbour, but make no mistake, all the essential ingredients of great seaside golf are here in abundance. The usually excellent greens are as good as you'll find on any top-quality links course, and the recently renovated bunkering is both impressive and stylish.

Views onto the English Channel and across to Pegwell Bay are complemented by the predominantly natural inland scenery of flat grazing land. In the distance, the cooling towers of a now disused power station and a pharmaceutical research centre provide the only 'blips' on this otherwise very natural landscape.

Pick of the holes: among many excellent holes, the doglegging par-4 1st on the Dunes course is a testing opener, while another excellent right-to-left doglegging hole awaits at the close of the Himalaya-nine. With many other challenging and memorable holes to play, try to fit in all 27-holes on your visit, if you have time.

Stay & Play at Prince's: excellent onsite Lodge accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): Mon-Thur £135; Fri-Sun £155.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, day ticket rates, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (if pre-booked).

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

One might be forgiven for thinking the Prince's name had royal connections, especially with Royal St George's right next door. In fact Prince's took its name from the Prince's Golf Club of Mitcham, South London. The original Prince's golf club, located on Mitcham Common, was an offshoot of the Prince's Racquets & Tennis Club, a club originally established in central London by two entrepeneurial brothers, James & George Prince. In the early-1900s, Sir Harry Mallaby-Deeley, a leading figure at the Mitcham-based golf club, decided with some friends to establish a new links course on the Kent coast. They could think on no better name than that of their original South London golfing base ... Prince's Golf Club.

Prince's was the venue for the 1932 Open Championship (won by Gene Sarazen) and the 1956 Curtis Cup, in which the women amateurs of GB&I defeated the USA by 5 points to 4.

Sitting cheek by jowl along this stretch of Kent coast are two other seaside links courses that have hosted The Open Championship, namely Royal St George's (several times since 1894) and Royal Cinque Ports (1909 and 1920). Only Royal St George's is on the current Open Championship roster.

Published ranking

GB&I: 75th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
England: 29th best course in England (Golf World, 2021).

Where2Stay

  • The Lodge at Prince's4-star

    Prince's Golf Club, Prince's Drive, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9QB

    +44 (0)1304 611 118

    Visit website

    Featuring 38 bedrooms with en-suite facilities, lounge, bar, terrace and snooker room, The Lodge at Prince’s also offers modern, contemporary dining in The Brasserie on the Bay. Guests are provided with fantastic views of Prince’s Golf Club, Royal St Georges Golf Club and across Pegwell Bay to the White Cliffs at Ramsgate.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Prince's

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Royal St George's; Royal Cinque Ports.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      North Foreland; Walmer & Kingsdown.

  • Bell Hotel4-star

    Sandwich, Kent

    +44 (0)1304 613 388

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    The Bell Hotel has been welcoming guests to stay and dine in Sandwich since Tudor times. A Bell Inn has existed on The Quay, adjacent to the Barbican Gate and Toll, overlooking what would have been the harbour, now the River Stour, since about 1300. The present listed building is mainly 19th century. The hotel offers 37 ensuite bedrooms, a Georgian Regency room catering for up to 100 guests, the Old Dining Room restaurant and two bars.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Royal St Georges; Prince's.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Royal Cinque Ports; North Foreland.

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