A former host of The Open, Royal Cinque Ports is an unforgiving links test set among the rolling dunes of Deal.
A traditional links with large sand dunes, undulating fairways and an out-and-back routing which demands that players finish their rounds into the teeth of the prevailing south-westerly wind.
Royal Cinque Port’s first Open was won by J. H. Taylor who finished six strokes clear of his nearest rival in 1909. In 1920, Abe Mitchell shot opening rounds of 74 and 73 to take a six-stroke lead while George Duncan found himself 13 shots back. Perhaps in desperation, Duncan bought a new driver and proceeded to shoot a 71 in the third round as Mitchell slumped to a disastrous 84.