The Royal St George's Golf Club

off Guilford Rd,

Sandwich, Kent CT13 9PB

  • Office

    +44 (0)1304 613 090
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1304 615 236
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1304 611 245
  • Golf pro

    Justen Fiddler (Head Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Original design by Dr Laidlaw Purves (1887); later revisions by Dr Alister MacKenzie (1924).

SSS or slope






How to get there:

15 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 mile. Royal St George's golf is on your left (before the toll gate).

Royal St George's Golf Club

5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!

Est. 1887

Royal St George's Golf Club: "Sandwich" as it is usually called, is one of the royal standard bearers for seaside links golf in England. This Open Championship venue is a course to relish on your first and subsequent visits. Always presented in excellent condition, and providing a true test of links golf, the layout weaves its way across wonderfully natural and open links terrain.

At times resembling a turbulent sea, the fairways pitch and roll across the grassy undulations, with occasional towering dunes also present. The constantly shifting direction of the holes ensures a continually changing wind direction for your tee shots. The challenge from the tee and around the greens is further reinforced with a threatening array of classic revetted (sod-faced) bunkers. Many of the deepest greenside bunkers have steps leading down into them; this is also the case at an extravagant pair of railway-sleepered bunkers buried into a large dune at the tough par-4 4th hole.

When bunkering is not making its presence felt, deep rough generally lies in wait beyond the good-width fairways. On one or two holes, and most notably at the testing par-5 14th, OB also has to be reckoned with.

Frequent views onto Pegwell Bay and the North Sea enhance the natural beauty of the layout. For anyone setting out to play the great links courses of Great Britain and Ireland, Sandwich should certainly be high on your list.

List of courses: England - South East


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; no outside visitors on weekends. Two-ball (singles or foursomes) is the normal format on all days except Tues.

Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 18.4 (men & women). Proof of handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): £275.

[Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available only for certified medical reasons. Caddies available if pre-booked.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Royal St George's has hosted many top-level competitions during its illustrious history. Several Open Championships, Amateur Championships, Walker and Curtis Cups have been decided on the links of 'Sandwich' (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Royal St George's).

Three renowned golf courses that sit cheek by jowl along this stretch of Kent coast have hosted The Open Championship: Royal St George's, Royal Cinque Ports and Prince's. Only Royal St George's is on the current Open Championship rosta.

Edward VII conferred the Royal prefix on St George's GC in 1902. By royal prerogative, 19 English golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Ascot, Ashdown Forest, Birkdale, Blackheath, Cinque Ports, Cromer, Eastbourne, Epping Forest, Household (Windsor Castle), Liverpool (Hoylake), Lytham & St Annes, Mid-Surrey, North Devon (Westward Ho!), Norwich, St George's, West Norfolk (Brancaster), Wimbledon, Winchester, Worlington & Newmarket.

Published ranking

England's No.1 course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 7th best course (Golf World, 2022).
World's 33rd best course (GOLF Magazine, 2023/24) and 12th best public access course (Golf World, 2023).


  • The Lodge at Prince's4-star

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

    +44 (0)1304 611 118

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    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:


    • 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:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Royal St Georges; Prince's.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Royal Cinque Ports; North Foreland.

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