A great golfing itinerary

Follow our curated 4-day itinerary to make the most of the fantastic golf on offer in White Cliffs Country, while also exploring our towns and villages, or decide for yourself where you'd like to tee off first.

White Cliffs Country is home to three championship links golf courses ranked in England's Top 30 in National Club Golfer's Top 100 rankings and has hosted The Open 18 times. Royal St George's was the first English course to host the Open Championship and is the fourth most-used Open venue after St Andrews, Prestwick and Muirfield. Royal Cinque Ports is known as a tough course, challenging even the best golfers, and Prince's has 27 holes and three circuits.

You can also tee off on top of the world-famous White Cliffs at Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club for stunning sea views across the English Channel to the French coast - it’s one of a few courses in the world where golfers can glimpse another country while enjoying a round!

A golfer in a bunker with sand spraying after a shot; a crowd of spectators in the background.
The Open at Royal St George's.

Day one

Morning at Royal St George's  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.

The club, situated in Sandwich, has hosted The Open Championship 15 times, most recently the 149th Open in July 2021. The course also proudly hosts other numerous tournaments for both amateur and professional golfers from across the world.

Afternoon and evening – explore Sandwich  Sandwich is one of the original Cinque Ports - once a bustling and prosperous port before the River Stour silted over, it is said 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 quayside is a must and gives a good flavour of the history and heritage surrounding the town.

You'll find a great range of independent shops and places to eat and drink here. 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 summer food festival in May.

Rolling dunes, fairways and greens with Sandwich Bay in the distance.
Towards the 5th hole at Royal St George's.

Day two

Morning at 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 Walmer and Kingsdown delivers stunning views across the English Channel to the coast of France. The fantastic 18-hole course offers a challenge to all abilities.

Afternoon and evening – explore the villages of Kingsdown and St Margaret’s Bay  Kingsdown is a pretty seaside village with 3 pubs to choose from (one of which is right next to the beach). A short drive or a worthwhile longer walk over the cliffs takes you to the village of St Margaret’s Bay, once home to Noel Coward who sold his beach house to Ian Fleming. The author's 007 novels Moonraker and Goldfinger are largely based in this area. Fleming also loved golf and was a member of Royal St George's until his death in 1964. There are two pubs in St Margaret's - The Coastguard on the beach and The Smugglers in the village - both serving evening meals.

An aerial view of a series of greens and dunes with the expanse of Sandwich Bay beach and sea in the background.
The Shore Loop at Prince's.

Day three

Morning – Prince's Golf Club  Prince's is a classic 27-hole championship links course and was host to the 67th Open in 1932. This internationally renowned golf club welcomes visitors from across the world seven days a week.

Afternoon and evening – explore Dover  Known as the Gateway to England, Dover welcomes millions of visitors each year. If you have time, visit Dover Castle with its Secret Wartime Tunnels and the iconic White Cliffs which are great for views and walks. Or head down to the award-winning seafront for a stroll along the pier and past the marina, then visit Dover Museum in the Market Square, home to the Bronze Age Boat, the world’s oldest known seagoing boat. As you’d expect from such a vibrant port town, there are plenty of places to rest and refuel. From fine dining to traditional fish and chips, Dover’s food scene includes something for everyone.

A white clubhouse to the right of the image with a golf green in front, rough and bunkers.
18th hole at Royal St George's.

Day four

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.

Afternoon and evening – explore Deal  Deal is a gem of a seaside town with its own unique character that has inspired the many artists, writers and musicians who've made it their home. Once a major port and steeped in maritime history, the sea still plays an integral part of the town’s life. Take a walk along the promenade and the award-winning pier, stroll around the award-winning high street and browse the many independent shops. Deal is renowned for its great café culture, bars and restaurants, so stay a while and enjoy something special in a unique location.