It might not be the first thing that’s associated with White Cliffs Country, but there’s some great golfing to be enjoyed here! There are no fewer than three coastal championship links courses to play on. Along with Royal St Georges, Royal Cinque Ports and Princes Golf Club, you can even tee off on the world-famous white cliffs themselves, at the Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club. This unique course delivers stunning sea views across the English Channel to the French coast. It’s one of only a few courses anywhere in the world where golfers can glimpse another country while enjoying a round!
The golfing aficionados will want to play all four courses and if this is the case, be assured that there is plenty to do for the remaining part of the day!
Have a look at our suggestions and feel free to mix and match to make the most of your visit.
Morning - Royal St Georges golf club
With its famously challenging 18-holes set in 450 acres of DDI dune land, Royal St George's Golf Club is one of Britain's finest links golf courses. Golfers can enjoy beautiful surroundings and stunning sea views.
The club, situated in Sandwich, has hosted 'The Open Championship' 14 times, and is proud to welcome 'The 149th Open' back for the 15th time in July 2021. The course also proudly hosts other numerous tournaments for both amateur and professional golfers from across the world.
Afternoon – Have a wander around Sandwich
Sandwich is one of the original Cinque Ports - Once a bustling and prosperous port, it is now said to be “one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in Britain”.
Have a wander through the unspoilt medieval streets where there are more half-timbered houses than any other street in England. The newly refurbished quayside is a must and gives a good flavour of the history and heritage surrounding the town.
The town has a great range of independent shops and places to eat and drink. Food has always been associated with the town - in the 18th century the Earl of Sandwich is reputed to have devised the popular snack, and this is celebrated in the annual food festival.
Why not extend your afternoon wander into the evening and enjoy everything from authentic pizza overlooking the quayside, through to great Mediterranean food close to the heart of Sandwich.
Discover more in Sandwich
Morning – Walmer and Kingsdown golf club
Perched on top of the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, with sea views from every hole, the unique location of this beautiful course delivers stunning views across the English Channel to the coast of France. Walmer and Kingsdown is one of only a few courses in the world where golfers can see another country while enjoying a round.
The fantastic 18-hole course offers a challenge to all abilities.
Afternoon – Explore the villages of Kingsdown and St. Margaret’s
Kingsdown is a quaint village, close to the sea and cliffs and rather unusually nowadays, has 3 pubs! On the seafront you will find a fantastic little pub for coffee in an unrivalled spot where you can watch ferries making the short crossing to France. A short drive (or a worthwhile longer walk); the pretty village of St Margaret’s was home to Noel Coward who had a house on the seafront and sold it to Ian Fleming for inspiration for writing his books about James Bond. Moonraker and Goldfinger are largely based in the village and Kingsdown area. Fleming also loved golf and was a member of Royal St Georges until his death in 1964.
There is a wonderful windy road down to a secluded bay, which whisk you back to perfect childhood holidays.
Extend your visit and enjoy one of the many places to eat in the village or down in the bay.
Discover more in St Margaret’s
Morning – Princes golf club
Princes is a classic 27-hole Championship links course and was host to 'The 67th Open' in 1932, won by Gene Sarazen. This internationally renowned golf club welcomes visitors from across the world, seven days a week.
Afternoon – discover Dover
Known as the Gateway to England, Dover welcomes millions of visitors each year. The iconic White Cliffs of Dover are great for views and walks. Head down to the award-winning seafront which was recently redesigned and transformed by artworks that take the form of three waves washing up against the sheltered beach. There are great options to try your hand at a selection of sea sports or why not take an exhilarating Sea Safari.
Don’t miss the towns unique history and heritage. The so-called ‘Gateway to England’ has been a significant port since Roman times. Thanks to its close proximity to France, it played a crucial defensive role in World War II. You'll find the story of all this, and more, told by Dover’s many castles, forts, museums, and other sites of historical interest.
Stay in the town and enjoy the wide range of bars, micropubs and restaurants, where you are bound to find something to tempt you.
Discover more in Dover
Morning - Royal Cinque Ports
The 18-hole Championship links course at Royal Cinque Ports has fast rolling fairways and superb greens providing a challenging game.
The well-presented playing surface is firm and undulating, challenging players' skills with steep bunkers and, of course, a sea breeze! With excellent practice facilities and said to be one of the finest links golf courses in the British Isles, Royal Cinque Ports hosted 'The Open Championship' in 1909 and 1920. They are also a final qualifying course for ‘The 149th Open’ when it returns in 2021.
Afternoon – head into Deal
Deal is a gem of a seaside town with its own unique character that has inspired the many artists, writers and musicians who have made it their home. Once a major port and steeped in maritime history, the sea still plays an intrinsic part of the town’s life with bracing walks along the promenade and the award-winning pier.
Deal is renowned for its great café culture, bars and restaurants, so stay a while and enjoy something special in a unique location.
Discover more in Deal