Review for Royal St George's

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The first hole has all the features that make you remember Royal St George’s. Two very accurate and long shots are needed to avoid the deep hollows and three greenside bunkers. The par three 3rd hole is 198 yards and has no bunkers. It doesn’t need the extra hazards as the green has a severe slope from back to front.

The 4th is one of the best and most famous holes in British golf. Your drive needs to be a slight draw over the Maiden bunker or a slight fade left of the bunker. The fairway then doglegs left to an elevated green protected by a mound on the left side and out of bounds immediately behind.

Index 2 is the long par five 14th hole. There are three dangers here. Out of bounds runs close by the fairway for the whole length of the right side. There is a burn running across the fairway 330 yards from the tee. There are also two small bunkers in the centre of the fairway about sixty yards before the green.

Both the 17th and 18th are good long par fours where strong driving is the key. The large open spaces on the right of the last hole make it an ideal area for grandstands virtually from tee to green. The 18th green falls away on either side, with the hollow on the right known as “Duncan’s Hollow,” after George Duncan took three to get down from there when a par four on the last would have put him in a playoff with Hagen in the 1922 Open.

This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every English course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.

Date: May 10, 2015

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