On my quest to finish playing ALL the Open Rota Courses (past and Present) and now only missing Musselburgh Old I drove 6hrs on Monday July 24th after 7 days at The Open to play this one and the following day I was scheduled a demanding test to play both Royal St George's and Royal Cinque Ports both on the same day.
It has nothing to do but it is fair to tell that I had a 6:30am wake up call and a 6hrs drive from Liverpool arriving 1:30pm just ready for a quick lunch and tee off at 2:30pm before staying at the charming Lodge located by 5th green and neighbour to Royal St George´s.
I decided to play the "central" course (Shores/Dunes) as it was that one the one who hosted the Open in 1932 won by Eugene Sarazen. It was a tough day, cloudy but no rain and very windy with at least 30km/h in the unusual direction which is downwind 1 to 5.
With no warm up and no streching, I just went to the tee joining a father and son who happened to be a great playing group and really enjoyed it. And played great, which usually helps to get a better "memory" of the course, scoring even par from the white tees with not one lost ball and bogeying both front 9 par 5s which is always disappointing.
Both loops despite being in the same piece of land are totally different, I would say front 9 tighter off the tee while back 9 are a little bit more forgiving. Greens rolling at a very good speed as a Junior event was being held that morning made it a perfect golf test where sometimes a tee shot would roll for 60-70 yards and into the wind the driver wouldn't go longer than 240yds.
There are some great holes out there, specially par 5 7th which played really long into the wind, par 4 10th downwind allowed a big shortcut to the fairway and easier approach to that tough narrow green. Par 3 17th was a hybrid and maybe the toughest hole on the course while 18th played really long and tough, saving one of the best bogeys of the year from that right side rough.
The Club House is not the original as the today Lodge used to be it, it is a most modern construction but very well designed and very comfortable for visitors.
The final analysis is that Prince's might be not as famous as Royal St George's and maybe a little "less good" than Cinque Ports but all in one it is a great venue, a demanding test and a very nice place to stay. And a MUST PLAY, every devoted golfer seeking to tick Major Venues has to play this one, who long ago hosted the great ones at THE MAJOR.
A final line to the Lodge ... as good as you can expect! Food top quality and staff extremely friendly and kind. An unforgettable experience!
Date: August 01, 2017