Royal St Georges is vast, vital and awash with admirable details...yet the course remains playable for the handicap golfer. What more can one ask for in a championship course?
Very well stated, Sean. And thanks for the photo tour.
My only other Open rota course played is Royal Birkdale. I thought quite highly of Birkdale (tempered of course by the usurious green fee) and thought it was also "awash with admirable details" and "playable for the handicap golfer". But the "vast, vital" aspect of Royal St. George's is pretty much unmatched in my experience.
Sandwich is the one of the few courses where even tramping about watching other people play golf (as a spectator of a tournament) has a feeling of excitement and adventure that usually only happens when I'm playing golf myself. It's a very special place.
Shot for shot, hole for hole at least for this high handicapper's game Royal Cinque Ports is a near match for Royal St. George's. The part that's an unfair comparison is the setting, the property itself IMO. The scale of the topography, the textures of the grasses, the way that flag at the clubhouse comes in and out of view as does the sea...it's all absolutely perfect as far as I'm concerned. As in literally could not be any better.