Royal St. George's


Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England, became the first venue outside of Scotland to host the Open Championship in 1894. It has hosted 13 Opens since, most recently in 2003, when Ben Curtis, an unknown PGA Tour rookie ranked 396th in the world and playing in his first major championship, outlasted Tiger Woods and a collection of All-Stars for perhaps the most stunning conclusion to a Grand Slam event in 90 years. Other Open champions crowned at Royal St George's include Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton and Bobby Locke. The course is laid out over a series of sandhills near Sandwich Bay, with bunkers and the wind presenting its biggest challenges.