Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

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Address: Golf Road, Sandwich, Deal, Kent, CT146RF, United Kingdom
Rating: 3.8
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Opened: 1892
Holes: 18
Type: Links
Length: 6754 yds
Par: 72
Rating/SSS: 72
Green Fees: Mon- Thu (Winter) from £115 (Summer) From £175 (Twilight) From £110 after 16.30pm
Offers: Various standard discounts apply (juniors, twilight rates, discounted winter green fees etc). Contact club secretary for details of prevailing offers.
Tel No: +44 (0) 1304 374007
Location: View Map
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Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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Royal Cinque Ports is a magnificent links course of the highest quality. The traditional layout of the course means it runs out from and then back to the clubhouse behind the sea wall. Vigourous undulations on the fairways enliven play and the finishing holes are fantastic. A challenge for any golfer....

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club is a Members' Club with an 18 hole Championship Links golf course, regarded by many as one of the finest in the world. The Club also has excellent practice facilities, including a driving range, putting green, chipping green and pitching greens.


The Club has been the scene of many Championships, including two Open Championships in 1909 and 1920. The Club hosted the Amateur Championship in 2013 and was one of four Final Open Qualifying venues from 2014-2017.


Since 1924, Royal Cinque Ports has been home every year to the Halford Hewitt Public Schools Championship which is the largest amateur tournament in the world.


?Visitors and societies are very welcome all year round.


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Number of Reviews: 3

Handicap: 18
Pro Member

29 Jul 2021, 16:46
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 2.0

Beautiful, stunning, sublime BUT...

I had the pleasure of being invited to play Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club recently, and thoroughly enjoyed the true test the course gave me!

Royal Cinque Ports GC is only a few steps from the host to this year's OPEN at Royal st. Georges and both clubs, along with Princes' make up the holy trinity of courses in Sandwich, on the Kent coast.

Now the good news is I did bother to read the club website before attending, so I knew I would have to 'don' knee-length socks if I were to wear shorts on a warm summer's day.

However, despite wearing long socks for the first time since Junior school, I didn't look quite as ridiculous as I thought I would (although others may disagree!)

So to the course...

This is, without doubt, as good a course I have played ANYWHERE!

The greens are immaculate and interesting (one was more akin to a skateboard park than a golf green!), they are hard to read and QUICK!

The tee boxes, fairways, and run-off areas are exceptional and a testament to the Greenkeepers.

Tee to green the front nine might seems bland at times, but this is links golf and if you can avoid the long grass, stay straight, take into account the wind and the borrows, you'll have a brilliant day.

We played the back nine in glorious amber twilight (we started at 5pm), and the back nine displayed their undulating characteristics beautifully.

Holes 14-18 are particularly stunning with fairways at times looking like mogul fields on a ski resort, with long shadows accentuating the terrain even further.

But, if you miss 8 out of 18 fairways (as I did) be prepared for a frustrating day. That said, take my advice, if you lose a ball, DONT look for it, unless you have a VERY good idea where it is. The fescue here is punishing, time spent looking for golf balls will only irritate you more. Just take your medicine and move on.

Now to the price, the standard green fee here is circa £180 per round. This is mainly designed to keep the riff-raff away, and as the US and Japanese tourists are more than happy to pay this figure, why shouldn't the club charge this.

I would happily pay £60-70 to play here if the sunshine was guaranteed, as I consider it a treat to play on this type of links course, but I would feel short-changed if the rain fell and the wind blew.

So, all in all, a behemoth of a golf course, a delighted to play, and one every golfer of circa 18 handicap (or less) would enjoy, but if you're a high handicapper, look elsewhere, this place will eat you up.

If get the chance, just once, play this course!


Handicap: 19
Pro Member

19 Feb 2016, 20:45
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Amazing fairways

We play this course every year in winter - there is a cheapskate deal of £65 for a day ticket from November to February. In my hotel bed at 6am I hear it hammering down with freezing cold rain - not looking good - but golf must go on.

11 players signed up and every one of them turned up at the course at 8:00am - not just me who's a nutter then? We tee off at 8:30 and the turf / greens are perfect - totally unaffected by the rain.

The first hole is ordinary but then you start noticing the great links terrain and wildly sloping fairways - holes 3, 15 and 16 are the best I think - with the biggest slopes / contours.

We had constant cold rain for most of the first 18, though the wind was with us on the back 9, which is unusual. You can get round here quite tidily on a good day, but the huge bunkers and the downhill lies in rough can be very punishing.

A quick lunch and then we played the second 18, in good weather with the sun shining - even took our waterproofs off. Everyone completed 36 holes, though some played the last couple of holes in the dark (and produced their best golf).

Not sure if they have golf on Mars, but if so I reckon this is what the courses are like - it's a very welcoming place also - we'll be back next year.


Handicap: 2

21 Dec 2014, 18:48
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

MUch better than it looks

It looks flat and boring until you actually start playing the course.
Not as good as princes or Royal St Georges but as long as you pay the right money it is well worth the visit.


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