The Deal course is traditionally laid out on a narrow stretch of land extending to Sandwich Bay, and the natural links terrain has been subtly used to provide a wide variety of challenges. On almost every hole there is an abundance of large sand dunes which establishes the undulating character of the course and makes it unique. Unlike most other courses the fairways are just as undulating and it is seldom that a completely flat stance can be obtained other than on the tees. As with all traditional seaside links, the wind is a major factor which has to be taken into account when deciding on club and shot selection.
The bunkers (74 in total) are large but fair and easily seen from the tees and fairways, and are in the most part steep and revetted. Not all holes have bunkers but this in no way diminishes their degree of difficulty.
On the first and last holes there are water ditches which come into play for the approach shot. As the course runs outward parallel to the pebble beach, this can present quite a problem (often for your foursomes partner, and especially in a left-to-right wind!) - as the sea wall and beach are integral parts of the course. The rough is covered in coarse marram grass which is especially punitive between May and August.
Once the greens have been reached, you will putt on some of the largest, finest and fastest greens in England.
Please take a few moments to visit our hole-by-hole guides. Andrew Reynolds, the Club Pro, has provided tips which will assist you in meeting the varying challenges.
Occupying part of the Kent coastline that is also home to Royal St George’s, Prince’s and Littlestone, Cinque Ports is, for many of those in the know, their favourite of these venues, being a good but not daunting challenge.
Also known as Deal, the course hosted the Open Championship in 1909 and 1920 and was meant to be the Open venue in 1938 and 1948 but on both occasions the venue had to be switched at the last moment because of unusually high tides, with the result that the course was taken off the Open rota.
It remains a final qualifying venue when the Open visits St George’s and will stage the Amateur Championship in 2013, which should be all the recommendation you need.
The numerous undulations mean that you rarely have a flat stance, even on the fairways, and although the 66 bunkers are to be avoided, at least most are visible from the tee or fairway. A classic links that offers a classic challenge.
Last Played: 30 April 2012.
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