Prince's (Shore & Dunes) - Kent - England

Prince's Golf Club,
Sandwich Bay,
Sandwich,
Kent,
CT13 9QB,
England


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Prince’s hosted the Open Championship on one occasion. The winner, Gene Sarazen, only claimed one Open title, but “The Squire” was the first golfer to win all four Majors.

Date Winner Country
1932 Gene Sarazen USA



It was difficult to decide exactly where to rank Prince’s Golf Club because there are 27 holes in three loops of nine, named Himalayas, Dunes and Shore. We've since made our minds up and agree the Shore & Dunes loops form the best 18-hole combination, but only just. Recently we've added a new independent webpage for the Himalayas so we don't do any of the three circuits a disservice.

At the turn of the 19th century, it was decided that a new links should be built at Sandwich, next door to Royal St George's. The new Prince's Golf Club would welcome ladies, juniors and men. Charles Hutchings and Percy Lucas laid out the course on land donated by the Earl of Guildford. The 18-hole course, stretching out to almost 7,000 yards, opened for play in 1907.

The military commandeered the course during both World Wars; it was virtually obliterated during the Second World War. However, in 1932, Prince’s Golf Club proudly hosted its first and only Open Championship. “The Squire”, Gene Sarazen, was the eventual winner. Sarazen continued his winning streak, becoming the first player to win all four Majors.

Sir Guy Campbell and John Morrison were commissioned to re-build Prince’s after the devastation of the Second World War and, incredibly, they were able to save 17 of the original greens and incorporate them into the new 27-hole layout. They have created a classic “links and a half”, with raised greens, rippled fairways, deep bunkers and, naturally, that famous links rough.

Following on from Martin Ebert’s successful Himalayas upgrade, the Shore and Dunes nines have been similarly reworked, including re-bunkering, installation of new raised tees, new open natural sand scrape areas and a new sea-facing short par three on the Shore loop. The work completed in early spring 2020.

The Dunes and Shore loops make up the “championship” course. The Himalayas is shorter but nonetheless, an enjoyable nine holes. Above all, a warm welcome awaits everyone, much as it did it when Prince’s Golf Club first opened, over a hundred years ago.

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Description: In 1932, Prince’s Golf Club proudly hosted its first and only Open Championship. "The Squire", Gene Sarazen, was the eventual winner. Rating: 7.8 out of 10 Reviews: 67
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simon smith
Played this course the first week in Sept on a beautiful day and really enjoyed it. This is another good course to play alongside Royal St. George's and Royal Cinque Ports. The course is very well maintained and the greens were very good. If only all courses put this amount of effort in !! We played all 3 courses but prefered the Dunes course where there were a couple of really good holes that would not look out of place at Royal St. George's. We paid £90 for the day and thought it was good value. The only negative point is 'Jo's Cafe' which caters for the casual visitor during the week - quick food and not very comfortable. It was a shame that we couldn't use the bar upstairs and enjoy views of the course whilst surrounded by history. Would rate it 7/10. enjoy !!
September 26, 2006
6 / 10
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Rob
January 26, 2007
Message from the club: Point taken re: the cafe atmosphere - We have now opened up the first floor restaurant and bar for all golfers. NB. The cafe is still perfect for a coffee and bacon roll pre or mid round though.
barry moulder
Greens, greens, greens, I think anybody would be pushed to find better greens anywhere. immaculate condition and a good test. Very friendly staff and reasonably priced tasty food. A good alternative to St. Georges and Cinque Ports, at just over half the price of the other two. Make sure you play when there is a gale, what fun!!
April 01, 2006
8 / 10
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soulboy
Played all 27 holes on 1st November in the order Shore, Dunes, Himalayas. Despite heavy rain overnight, when we arrived on the first tee at 10.00am the course was completely dry including the rough which is not unfairly long. The greens are first class - the best I have played on and the fairways are immaculate. The atmosphere of the whole club is friendly and relaxed. We were made most welcome and will be returning before too long.
November 03, 2005
8 / 10
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Carl Statham
This is not the greatest links course. But there are some great holes. It seems a real shame the course is not played the way it would have been with the old club house. It just feels it would have played better. Also the new club house is a disaster, it is cold, ugly and really detracts from what a lovely traditional place it should be. Shoot the planning people who allowed this. I played all three 9's and I would say the best combination is shore dunes.
October 21, 2005
4 / 10
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J
Prince's had the best greens I have ever putted on, if they were a touch quicker they would be perfect. Beautiful links course which was deserted when we played on a warm spring Saturday afternoon. Play this course if you can!
May 06, 2005
8 / 10
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Peter Lacey
A great day out, greens were in great shape the rest of the course was ok. Probably deserves to be rated where it is. Although enjoyable enough, was missing something. With this much history in the bank deserves a better clubhouse, please move back to the old one, this one resembles a 40 year old travel lodge.!
October 24, 2004
4 / 10
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stuart speechly
What a pleasure to play. A great welcome at the clubhouse and a great 27 holes of golf awaits all handicappers. Sublime true greens and a nice easy walk. If there's only eighteen in you, favour the Dunes then the Shore to finish. Don't miss the Sunday roast.
May 31, 2004
6 / 10
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