Royal Cinque Ports Course Review

Par 71, 7,245 yards, links

The best course in Kent, according to many locals – and that is a BIG claim. Snow is the only thing that closes this links, which has fast running fairways and a finishing stretch of holes that is one of the toughest you will ever face. So should you play the opening 11 holes well and feel that you are coasting, you could be in for a shock.

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The second nine consists of eight par fours and a solitary par three. The 12th is 463 yards, the 13th is 478 yards, the 15th 474 yards, the 16th 496 yards and the 18th is 455 yards. Oh yes, and that par three, the 14th, measures 221 yards and anything that finishes short will find its way to the left, while on the right are three bunkers. Ideally, you should start by taking the ball to the right and then draw it back.

The 16th is the best, and toughest, hole on the links. Henry Cotton regarded it as one of the best 18 holes in England. You can either attempt to carry the cross bunker with your drive or play short, hit your second into the flat part of the fairway and leave a short approach. You’ll then face an elevated green that is small and undulating.

The final hole calls for a drive aimed towards the right side of a bridge that sits across a stream that is to be avoided at all costs. The second is played to another elevated green which is further away than it looks. There are no bunkers on this hole - it is tough enough without them. Phew!

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.