The Royal St. George's Golf Club

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The Royal St. George's Golf Club

The Royal St. George's Golf Club
Private Members' Club situated in Sandwich, Kent. Host to The 149th Open Championship in 2020, the 15th Open to be held at the Club.
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Michael H
Sheffield, UK19 contributions
The Open a pantomime by the R & A
Jul 2021
My friend and I visited the open at Royal St Georges on Friday and Saturday 23rd and 24th of July. The day started out quite well and we arrived at the park and ride south to board the bus. There was a long queue but we Brits are good at queuing so that didn't matter too much. When we eventually got to the front I understood the reason for the queue. Although there were numerous busses in the Car park they were loading them one at a time. So we had done the COVID thing and everyone on the bus was getting excited. This euphoria was short-lived as the traffic came to an abrupt halt after entering the outskirts of Sandwich. We sat patiently on the bus for 30 minutes but it was not going anywhere and nobody came to update us on the problems ahead. The driver then suggested that it might be best if we disembarked and walked the last mile and a half to the course. Everyone then left the bus and started the mass migration to the golf course. Along the way, we joined up with the footfall from the local train station and we became a group of around 600 people. After the cross country hike, we eventually arrived at the golf course and joined another queue. Again there was no information as to what was transpiring ahead so we waited our turn. We then noticed that a number of people were being refused entry but again we did not know the reason. When we got to the front a rather rude individual told us we needed to show the COVID proof of vaccination on our mobile devices. At this point, there were hundreds of people trying to upload the document via the NHS app and it crashed. We were then told to use the R & A connection which also crashed. We were then directed to what looked like a refugee holding area and told that we could take a lateral flow test and gain entry via this method. When we entered the building we were told that they had run out of testing kits and more would be arriving shortly. The building was littered with used testing kits and there was very little sign of any hygiene in place. I eventually got my test kit and produced a negative result. I was then allowed to enter the event. There was a distinct lack of organization and nobody from the R & A was available to address the frustrated crowds. After entering I thought that this day cannot get any worse and proceeded to one of the
officials to get some insight on the layout of the course. I asked if there were any course maps and was told that they had run out of complimentary maps but I could buy a £10 programme which had a map in the back.
Despite the initial repeated frustrations, we had an enjoyable day at the open.
We left around 6.30 pm to return to the park and ride. Again there were large queues and they were loading busses one at a time and asking people to sit on these hot busses until they had filled 12 to form the convoy. We eventually left the venue and proceeded back to the Park and Ride South. We were nearing the Park and ride and for some illogical and still unexplained reason, the bus driver decided to turn left when all the other busses were going straight ahead. After around 2 miles the driver had a realisation that he had gone the wrong way and proceeded to turn the bus around in a farmers field. We eventually returned to the planned route and arrived back at the Park and Ride South.
I was pretty irate by the time we arrived back at our accommodation and decided to write to the R&A via their web page to offer some constructive criticism. To date, I have not received any response from this organisation which in my humble opinion is appalling. You only have a service to sell and if you fail in your mission you need to be accountable to somebody and show a little humility.
Written July 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paula B
Plymouth, UK321 contributions
Stunning location for The Open
Jun 2021 • Couples
The area had been very well prepared for this major event. Plenty of very helpful friendly staff in and around the course. We attended on the final day ( Sunday) and had a wonderful experience, Could not fault it ⛳️
Written July 20, 2021
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Canterbury, UK134 contributions
The Open : Mixed Feelings
Jul 2021 • Friends
What a joy it was to be able to finally attend the 149th Open. The weather was set fair and we were looking forward to some excellent golf. Of course, COVID restrictions made the organisation very different and no doubt very difficult for the R and A. Electronic tickets, vaccination certificates or lateral flow tests required before entry was permitted.
As usual, all the volunteers, marshals and ticket staff were welcoming and friendly ( though our vaccination certificates weren’t checked merely acknowledged in my hand).
Once inside....after quite a trek from the station.....we were able to find our way around with ease. Plenty of vantage points and grandstands from which to view the play and with a twenty percent reduction in attendees it wasn’t overly crowded which brings me to the one negative point of the day - the catering. This event was severely under catered. There were fewer food outlets than in 2019 resulting in overly long queues. We waited in line for 30 minutes for a chicken burger that was battered, deep fried and frankly tasted like cardboard. The delicatessen ran out of food by 1:30 and the MasterCard venue was a shambles resulting in people queuing for 20 minutes to get in, waiting 20 minutes to be served and then told there were no sandwiches or lunch boxes left. £6 for a pint of Spitfire lager was adding insult to injury. Fortunately the atmosphere and the standard of golf on the day more than made up for the lack of quality catering.
Different circumstances, I know, but Royal Portrush was a far better experience all round.
Written July 20, 2021
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London, UK11 contributions
Superb Course - but Pro needs a refund from the charm school
Sep 2020
Just had a great 3 day trip to Sandwich with friends and played Princes twice which was great and very welcoming, but our obvious highlight was St Georges for 18 holes and the course certainly did not disappoint - truly exceptional and caddy master, starter, and club house staff all very courteous and helpful.
Did you sense a but though?
Well you are correct - the professional Justin Fiddler was an absolute disgrace to the club and his position, quite the rudest and unsuited person for the job - and it felt that he went out of his way to be unhelpful and make us feel in some way inferior, I have played golf for 60+ years at many clubs equally as prestigious as this and never been treated or spoken to in such a disdainful manner.
Written September 17, 2020
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Mark H
Orpington, UK78 contributions
Excellent experience and welcoming club!
Nov 2019 • Solo
Played here at the reduced rate for winter, all be it still fairly pricey. I’ve played Royal Birkdale recently and that was brilliant, and playing any Open course is a brilliant experience you’ll never forget. I arrived at what is a slightly small and somewhat tired in parts car park and had to park in what I guess is an overflow car park but poorly signposted. The staff member in pro shop was really nice and helpful and you get a leather tee pouch with tees, metal ball marker and pitch fork and a yardage book, very handy and a nice touch! I was able to go out earlier and the caddy master was also very friendly and helpful! Don’t believe the reviews saying it’s all stuffy but I didn’t venture into the jacket and tie after 11 clubhouse at all!! The course was great and very relaxed with hardly anyone playing, I was able to hit around 3 balls on every hole :) and practice from all around. The mat thing in the winter is not a big deal at all. The greens were longer than usual but still rolled very well and fairways and tees were immense. I’d recommend playing here if you can find a sunny still day like I did then the course is really very gettable and enjoyable!
Written November 5, 2019
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Charlotte, NC107 contributions
Bucket list golf travel experience!
Oct 2019
I had a spare day in London after a work trip and I was excited to get a tee time at Royal St. Georges on a Monday afternoon in October. I arranged for a caddy and rental clubs. And when you arrange to hire clubs you get multiple choices of sets of clubs that most match what you play at home. I went with the Titleist AP1 set with regular shafts and a Scotty Cameron putter. I took an early morning train from London for my 12:20 tee time. I arrived at the train station in plenty of time. I walked to the club from the station. About 1.5 miles but I could have arranged for a cab, though I enjoyed the neighborhoods and farms along the way. With plenty of time I hit balls on the range, shopped in the golf shop and putted and chipped to get warmed up. I went off with my caddy James right on time. The weather held for the entire round. Got some nice wind to make it a normal British golf experience. James was an awesome companion for the day and I would request him if available. We played the front nine in 1:15 minutes and we didn't rush. Easy course to walk. There were more groups on the back we caught up with but still finished in 3 hours. The staff was delightful all along the way. I wish I had time to stay and have dinner at the club.
Written October 22, 2019
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Paul Norris
1 contribution
Royal St George’s Golf Club .
Oct 2019 • Friends
Myself and a friend were lucky enough to be invited for a round of golf at Royal St George’s golf Club on Tuesday 8/10/19.
As you are probably aware St George’s is on the R&As Open rota and will be holding the 2020 Open.
On this corner of the Kent coast we are blessed to have four of the great links course’s in the UK , Princes , Royal Cinque Ports and Littlestone.
I can say in no uncertain terms that St George’s is by far the superior . The Fairways , bunkers and greens are in fantastic condition. The definition of fairways and framing of holes is a joy to behold .
The members , committee and staff can be very proud of a wonderful course .

P Norris

Folkestone Kent .
Written October 11, 2019
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Stuart D
Wolverhampton, UK18 contributions
A Very special place
Sep 2019 • Friends
What an awesome place to play golf. If you can, you must try this, there are great stay and play deals to be had with Prince’s and it’s definitely worth the trip.

Before I talk about the course though I’d like to say something about the team. I’ve played golf around the world and on lots of courses that have big reputations on tour.

I have yet to meet a team that have been so friendly, welcoming and accommodating as this team at Royal St George’s.

From the guy on the gate directing us to a temporary visitors car park, the pro shop, the caddy master, the starter, the marshall and the very kind member of staff who directed me to the locker room when I inadvertently entered the clubhouse through the wrong door.

On reflection we actually provided a few innocent opportunities to bring out the “jobs worth” response you might imagine you’d get from this kind of establishment. Instead, we got first class, friendly service from start to finish. A great job from the whole team. Thank you!

And then the!

Considering the fact that the Open Championship will be held here in 2020, we experienced amazing fairways picked out in emerald against the straw coloured wispy rough.

The greens were true but just a little slower than we’d have preferred but then we played in a 4 club wind so maybe not such a bad thing. The greens are huge and with their undulations, create a whole new game when you find them.

Can’t wait to watch the Open after this experience and I can’t wait to go back and play this course again. You can feel the history of these great links as you walk and play through them.

A first class experience in every way.

Written September 24, 2019
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Saints Reviews
Sandwich, UK8 contributions
Links golf at its best
Jul 2019 • Friends
New to TripAdvisor but all my friends say I should review hotels, restaurants and leisure activities to help others out.

This review may be a bit biased as I am a member of RSG but for all those considering playing this wonderful Open Championship course I cannot rate it highly enough. I along with many a guest have always found the course to in excellent condition throughout the year and the staff at the club to be polite and welcoming and not ‘snobbish’ and the food whether in the restaurant or spike bar to be exceptional.

RSG is most definitely a true links in a beautiful part of the world and if here for more than a day there are also two adjacent courses that are well worth a visit being Princes and Royal Cinque Ports.
Written July 16, 2019
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Stephen V
Telford, UK153 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
On arrival at the golf course we were made less than welcome , The Pro shop were annoyed that we swopped from using trolleys to buggies (why it was even more revenue to the club ) a course planner was £9 that is expensive .The only place for refreshments is a cramped tea room although the staff in there were friendly . We paid £170 each to play in the competition the course to my mind was not presented well and there should have been preferred lies, fairway were far from good . When we came off the course there was no where for food or a drink and this was 6 in the afternoon after a slow 5 hour round . So in my mind St. Georges may be next years OPEN course but I wont be going back not that I felt they would care .
Written April 3, 2019
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