Royal St. Georges Open Golf Hospitality Championship 2020
- July 16 – 19, 2020
- Royal St George's Golf Club Sandwich, Kent, England
- 0330 678 1158
Hospitality Open Golf Championship Royal St. Georges, Sandwich, Kent – Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th July 2020.
Open Golf Hospitality. The Royal St George’s Golf Club located in Sandwich, Kent, England, a golf club in the United Kingdom and one of the courses on The Open Championship rotation and is the only Open rota golf course to be located in Southern England. It has hosted 13 Open championships since 1894, when it became the first club outside Scotlandto host the championship. Past champions include Darren Clarke, Ben Curtis, Greg Norman, Sandy Lyle, Bill Rogers, Bobby Locke, Reg Whitcombe, Henry Cotton, Walter Hagen (on two different occasions), Harry Vardon (on two different occasions), Jack White and John Henry Taylor. It has also hosted The Amateur Championship on 13 occasions.
The club was founded in 1887 in a setting of wild duneland. Many holes feature blind or partially blind shots, although the unfairness element has been reduced somewhat, after several 20th century modifications. The club’s Challenge Trophy dates from 1888 and is one of the oldest trophies in golf; it has been contested annually except for war years. The course also possesses the deepest bunker in championship golf, located on its fourth hole.
Golf history made at Royal St George’s
Royal St George’s first hosted The Open in 1894 and it was the first occasion on which the Championship was played outside of Scotland. The 35th Open was won by JH Taylor, who became the first English professional to win the Championship.
Over the years, the historic links at Sandwich has seen some of golf’s greatest players lift the Claret Jug including Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton, Bobby Locke, Sandy Lyle and Greg Norman, who secured a two-shot victory over Sir Nick Faldo in 1993.
The historic Kent links will host the 149th edition of the tournament from 12-19 July. Darren Clarke lifted the Claret Jug the last time The Open was played at Royal St George’s, after he showed his mastery of links golf in challenging weather conditions.
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