British Open 2011 Guide

Published 13/10/2010 15:55:42


2011 will be the fourteenth time Royal St Georges has staged the Open Championship since it was added to the Open roster in 1894. The Kent course has long been regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, with the last championship taking place in 2003 - won by rookie American Ben Curtis.

What can we expect from the Royal St Georges course?

Course stats:

18 holes
Par 70
7204 yards
Royal St Georges Golf Club, Kent

Royal St Georges is undoubtedly one of the most taxing courses in the rota, requiring courage, confidence and good ball-striking. Severely undulating fairways make good scoring a tough proposition. Often the tee shot will come to rest on an up-slope or a down slope, then one needs to hit a long iron or fairway wood into the green from an uneven lie. 


When is the 2001 British Open?

Thursday 14th July to Sunday, 17th July 2011, St Georges, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9PB.


Past Winners at Royal St Georges

  • 1894 - J.H. Taylor
  • 1899 - Harry Vardon
  • 1904 - Jack White
  • 1911 - Harry Vardon
  • 1922 - Walter Hagen
  • 1928 - Walter Hagen
  • 1934 - Henry Cotton
  • 1938 - R.A. Whitcombe
  • 1949 - Bobby Locke
  • 1981 - Bill Rogers
  • 1985 - Sandy Lyle
  • 1993 - Greg Norman
  • 2003 - Ben Curtis


Royal St Georges Golf Club was masterminded by Dr Laidlaw in 1887, meant for local golfers, who were tired of playing on overcrowded and overrun golf courses, to come and play in more relaxed and salubrious surroundings.

The Royal status was given to St Georges by King Edward VII in May 1902.

Over the years the testing links conditions have tested even the greatest of golfing greats including Tiger Woods, who in 2003 finished joint 4th, 1 over par for the competition.


Geography and Attractions

Kent is one of what is known in England as the home counties. It borders East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London and has a defined boundary with Essex in the middle of the River Thames estuary.

Here are some of the top things to do whilst you're in Kent:


The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction - 01227 454 888

Museum Of Canterbury - 01227 452 747

Saint Augustine's Abbey - 01227 767 345

Godinton House - 01233 620 773

Leeds Castle Balloon - 01622 873 200

Belmont House - 01795 890202

Rochester Cathedral - 01634 811 445


Directions to Royal St Georges, Kent

The easiest route from the M25 South is the following:

  • From the M25, merge on to the M26 towards Dover.

  • Continue forward to join the M20.  Leave the M20 at junction 7 (signposted A249 Maidstone, Sheerness).  At the roundabout take the A249 signed to Sittingbourne and Sheerness joining the M2.

  • Leave the M2 at junction 7 (signposted A2 Canterbury, Dover).  Follow signs to Canterbury on the A2.

  • Leave the A2 on to the A2050 to Canterbury City Centre.

  • Go straight over the first roundabout and turn right at the second roundabout.

  • At the next roundabout, take the second exit on to the A28 towards Margate.

  • Turn right at the next roundabout, following signs to the A257 Sandwich.  Turn left at the traffic lights on to the A257 (Sandwich).

  • Stay on the A257 through Littlebourne, Wingham and Shatterling.

  • At the next roundabout, go straight over towards Sandwich.  Go over the level crossing and continue to the end of the road.

  • You will see the Bell Hotel directly ahead.  Turn right and then immediately left on to Upper Strand Street.

  • Stay on this road for about 1½ miles and Royal St Georges is on your left.




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