The Open Championship once again returned to our neighbour, The Royal St Georges Golf Club in July 2011. A tough week saw the weather turn over the weekend making play extremely challenging for all the players. Local Professional, Francis McGuirk, qualified round his home course to make a dream come true and play in the famous event at The Royal St Georges Golf Club
Prince’s was pleased to welcome over a thousand guests for the week of The Open Championship, it was a great to see everyone stopping to see the top players in the event. The Shore and Dunes courses allowed players to see the play at the 13th and 14th holes, ensuring them ideal viewing to get a few tips from the top players in the game and see some of their heroes. You cannot get closer to an Open Championship than Prince’s
Prince's hosted various events during the week including:
Prince’s was completely taken over for an evening with Callaway Golf, Tour Players including Alvaro Quiros, Alex Noren and Danny Willett all took part in challenges around the clubhouse. The first challenge was for nearest the pin from the 1st Dunes to the 9th Dunes!! Alex Noren then showed off his short game, including the famous “Back Flipper” in the newly revetted bunkers on the chipping green. Alvaro Quiros then tried to smash the ball down the 9th fairway for a long drive competition with the other Pros trying to keep up.
The Puma Cobra day started with a fresh breeze which picked up over night and made play over the Himalayas course very challenging. The Puma boys worked late in to the early hours to have the Puma Cobra Cube up with their products, check out our Facebook page to see all of the photos. Each player was kitted out from head to toe on Puma, The Puma Cobra Open saw them play 12 holes on the Himalayas including a Par 7 hole and two holes on the beach, everyone was trying to keep away from the joker cards which saw them playing the hole naked! Its was then on to the Casino where many of the teams lost all their points! Some were even fortunate to play Table Tennis against Ian Poulter.
Prince’s hosted The Golf Monthly Centenary Party, the party was hosted by Editor Mike Harris and Andrew Boxer of Golf Monthly. Over 160 people visited the club for an evening of wine, local Beer as well as a “Taste of Britain” Canapé dinner including Welsh Rarebit, ForFar Bridies and local Cod and Chips. The party went on in to the early hours, with everyone wishing Golf Monthly the best of luck for the next 100 years.
Golf Monthly also held their Reader Forum Day, Golf Monthly’s Top 25 Coaches taught various aspects of the game across the Himalayas course. The wind was a challenge but it was a great excuse to show off some links golf specialist shots.
The Shepherd Neame Open Challenge took place, 72 players had a day of Golf including 18 holes on Local Final Qualifying course Shore and Dunes, it was then off to The Open to see the final days play. The players started the day with a Buffet Breakfast and a packed Lunch to take to The Open, it was then back for a BBQ dinner to watch the speeches and prize giving.
It was fantastic to see Darren Clarke lift the Claret Jug, a very worthy winner. The celebrations went on in to the night, many local residents were fortunate to see Darren in his front garden in Sandwich and share the celebrations with a Guinness or two.
The Green Keepers from Prince’s also showed off their handy work during the week of The Open with a revetted Bunker in the Tented Village, we hope you were all fortunate to play out of the bunker and see the craftsmanship at the HSBC area which has gone in across the courses at Prince’s.