One review for Royal Cinque Ports in all of last year then suddenly this is the third one in a week – perhaps there are now enough golfers paying attention to these critiques who want to find out for themselves (then tell others) what the fuss is all about!
Believe me, it’s a golf course worth becoming acquainted with, especially after the recent course improvements that have been overseen by architect Martin Ebert, who is undoubtedly one of the best in the business.
Coupled with that expert guidance, the club has in place a terrific team both on and off the course to ensure a playing experience as memorable as you could wish for. It’s always a delight to visit somewhere like RCP and see all the strands pulling together.
I understand all the recent upgrade elements – including additional tees and bunkers, new irrigation system and a nifty little short game area behind the clubhouse – were accomplished on time and within budget, which indicates how tight the ship is being run at Deal these days.
During my round, I reached the halfway house at the turn just as a monsoon deluged the course for an hour, forcing a retreat to the clubhouse then an earlier than planned lunch. A couple of hours later, I was back out to finish my round and could only find water lying in the bunkers, which was quite astonishing.
The big bathtub green on the 3rd has to be seen to be believed and the volcano green complex on the short par four 6th is another memorable feature on the front nine. Coming home, the wild fairway undulations on the newly reconfigured 16th and the par four 17th are additional sights to behold on the way in.
I suspect the days of living in the comparative shadows of a near neighbour with a higher public profile might be numbered and that Royal Cinque Ports will soon receive the recognition it thoroughly deserves as one of the finest links layouts in the land.
Date: August 15, 2019