Golf Course Review of Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Course
Reviewed by Ed Battye -
Quick Summary: A quirky championship links providing thrill a minute golf
Our 5 Star Rating: 4.4
I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever visit to play Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club at Deal, the town that the course is often referred to by name, in Kent.
It’s an excellent links golf course that requires imagination and skill as well as distance and sound hitting. However, cunning is certainly the order of the day for the most part here.
It’s also a golf course I would really like to re-visit and play many more times, under several different weather conditions and wind directions, because I think it’s the sort of course that needs this in order to gain a full understanding of it.
I say that because I left Royal Cinque Ports not quite knowing what to make of the course. There were some unbelievably good holes but a few that I wasn’t too sure about and would like to have a second look at them.
I hope the last paragraph doesn’t come across in a negative way because I’d like to re-iterate what a good golf course I thought this was.
Scenically, it's not what I would describe as a good looking course - the holes do most of the talking here - and the coastal view is mostly hidden by the sea wall that runs the length of the links. However, the setting of the back tee at the 11th, almost on the beach, is simply stunning.
After you play alongside the clubhouse at the first hole, to an amazingly contoured green beyond a small burn, it is essentially ‘out and back’ links golf from here. And with a prevailing wind it is the front nine where you must make your score… and then hang onto your hat for the bumpy ride home.
Wonderful and quirky green complexes abound at Royal Cinque Ports. The third is perhaps the most memorable; played to a sunken putting surface but with two-tiers in it. However, the ones at the raised 6th, the U-shaped 12th and the fluid 16th and 17th will run it close.
The final seven or eight holes, played back into any sort of a breeze, is as stern a finish as you will find but the holes are also of the highest quality although I wasn’t particularly a fan of the final hole which, in a similar manner to the first, is played to a green beyond a stream (and no I didn’t hit it in the water!).
That said, the 18th capped a great experience and one I’m looking forward to hopefully re-visiting in the future.
Club Website: www.royalcinqueports.com
Tournaments: Open golf competitions at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club.
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