Despite some of the more troubling news here in London, there are still some very nice perks to living here - one of which is living 2 hours from the coast.
I got back Thursday evening from my first 3-day golf adventure in Deal & Sandwich (near Dover). Played 36 at Royal St. Georges on Tuesday, 36 at Royal Cinq Ports on Wednesday and 27 at Princes on Tursday.
It was incredible.
The weather was perfect and the wind varied between a gentle 10mph and game-breaking 25mph, with gusts well over that at times. I hit a 9-iron 210 yards and hit a 5-iron 130. Needless to say, I spent most of my time on the range practicing hitting a knock-down/bump-and-run 7-iron. Without it, you're dead.
The front nine at Royal St. Georges (2003 Open) is the most majestic and spectacular I have ever played/seen. Words do it no justice. The 4th, 5th and 6th are like no other I have ever seen. In addition, walking through the clubhouse is like taking a golf history lesson. The trophy cases are amazing.
Royal Cinq Ports (1920 Open) is a textbook links course set on beautiful oceanfront property with a clubhouse overlooking the course and ocean. They're lengthening it to 7350 yards in the hopes of getting the Open back there again. I played from the middle tees, and it was more than enough for me. A true test.
Princes (1932 Open) was the simplest of the bunch but was a serious challenge and a lot of fun. The greens were very fast due to a PGA event held the 2 days prior. The 'new' 9-hole course (Himalayas) seemed a bit out of place compared to the original 9s made up of the Shore and Dunes loops, but all-in-all it was well-worth playing.
These are the first 3 of what I hope will become a long list of links to the links.
Book a ticket. Come play.
It is that easy.
Keep 'em in the fairway,
Saturday, July 23, 2005