Royal St George's Golf Club
- Royal St George's Golf Club
The Royal St George's Golf Club is one of the premier golf clubs in the United Kingdom, and one of the courses on The Open Championship rotation. It has hosted 13 Open championships since 1894, when it became the first club outside Scotland to host the championship. Past champions include Ben Curtis, Greg Norman, Sandy Lyle, Bill Rogers, Bobby Locke, Reg Whitcombe, Henry Cotton, Walter Hagen (on two different occasions), Harry Vardon (twice), Jack White and John Henry Taylor. It has also hosted The Amateur Championship on 13 occasions.
The club is located in Sandwich, Kent, England, and was founded in 1887 in a setting of wild duneland. Many holes feature blind or partially blind shots, although the unfairness element has been reduced somewhat, after several 20th century modifications. The club's Challenge Trophy dates from 1888 and is one of the oldest trophies in golf; it has been contested annually except for war years. The course also possesses the deepest bunker in championship golf, located on its fourth hole. ["The World Atlas of Golf", second, revised edition, by Herbert Warren Wind, Charles Price, and Peter Thomson, London 1988, Mitchell Beazley publishers.] .
Author Ian Fleming used the Royal St. George's course in his 1959 novel "Goldfinger", also made into a popular movie of the same name, as the site of a golf match between the hero James Bond and the villain Auric Goldfinger. Their close match boils down to a finale when Bond catches Goldfinger cheating in a lost ball situation.
Royal St George's is situated on the same stretch of coastline as Royal Cinque Ports Club and neighbouring Prince's Golf Club, both former Open Championship venues.
The Open Championship
Royal St George's Golf Club has hosted The Open Championship on 13 occasions since 1894.
* [http://www.royalstgeorges.com/ The Club website]
* [http://www.golfclubatlas.com/royalstgeorges1.html Golf Club Atlas Guide]
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