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Prince's Golf Club

Kent, England

United Kingdom


Prince's Golf Club offers all that is best in modern golf: with its 27 holes of Championship links golf, practice facilities to match and a centrally located clubhouse, Prince's can now offer visiting golfers overnight accommodation in its 38 bedroom facility - The Lodge. Prince's boasts 3 loops of 9 holes: The Shore, The Dunes and the Himalayas, all of which have their own unique characteristics and signature holes and have benefited from significant investment and redevelopment over recent years. Players of all standards will enjoy the challenge of this links and the outstanding views. Prince's prides itself on helpful, attentive staff who understand your needs from your first enquiry to service during your golf day itself. Fourballs are welcome seven days a week and groups of any size can be accommodated.

Prince's has held some of the biggest tournaments including the 1932 Open Championship in which Gene Sarazen came out victorious. Prince's is also the host to Final Qualifying for The Open from 2018-2021.

Awards:
●#99 in Great Britain & Ireland by Top 100 Golf Courses in 2019-2020
●#81 in Great Britain & Ireland by National Club Golfer in 2019-2020

The Shore

As its name implies, the clockwise loop of nine holes initially follows the Shoreline south towards the Lodge at the entrance to the course. The opening drive is straightforward but a par 4 is still quite difficult to achieve. In contrast the drive at the par 5 second required the longest carry to the fairway of any hole at Prince’s. With its severely undulating fairway the fourth is a daunting hole even for the best golfer. The 5th is the post war 18th playing to the same green where Gene Sarazen won the 1932 Open Championship. The 6th begins the return north to the new Clubhouse, an accurate tee shot must be followed by an even more exact second to find the elevated green which slopes steeply to the right. Club selection can be difficult at the par 3 eighth and a par at the last is often hard to achieve. The clubhouse flagpole is an excellent aiming point for the drive which should best find the far right of the fairway to open up the approach to the green.

The Dunes

The Dunes forms an anticlockwise loop of nine holes five out in a southerly direction to the boundary of Royal St. Georges and four back. The dog-leg 1st hole is arguably the most difficult on the course with a narrow green , tricky to hold even with the shortest of approach shots. The par 3 second offers only temporary respite before three very testing holes particularly the 4th and 5th both challenging par fours. The 6th tee affords fine views across both golf courses and is the start of the excellent par 5 with hazards both left and right of the green for those choosing to go for the green after a good drive. The approach to the 7th can be difficult to judge whole the par 3 eighth calls for a long and accurate tee shot. Two good shots are required to find the final green which was resited in 1985 when the central Clubhouse was build, the original green now being one of the practice green.

The Himalayas

The members favourite nine has undergone a major upgrade. Renowned architects Mackenzie & Ebert have reimagined the Himalayas course. These changes are most visible on the 2nd hole, which has been combined with 3rd hole to produce a sweeping par 5 around wetlands to the old par 3 green. The tee of the par 3, 7th affords a spectacular view across Pegwell Bay. From elevated tee to elevated un-bunkered green, into the prevailing south westerly wind the tee shot can require a drive if the wind is strong yet only a short iron with a following north easterly breeze. The closing tee shot from the highest tee on the course is similarly affected but the wind and the green, positioned almost underneath the Clubhouse balcony is protected by the Sarazen bunker that collects any overdrawn shot.

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