Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
A large seawall along the shore blocks many of the water views at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, but it's necessary to protect the course from flooding. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 1
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 1
A burn protects the first green at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in England. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 4
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 4
The 154-yard fourth hole is the easiest at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Kent, England. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 6
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 6
After a blind tee shot, the sixth hole at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club bends right to an elevated green. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Royal Cinque Ports golf course - 7th
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Royal Cinque Ports golf course - 7th
Five bunkers run up the left side of the seventh hole at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in England. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 8
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 8
It's tough to stop approach shots to the eighth green at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal, England. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 10
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 10
Large pot bunkers line the 10th fairway at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Royal Cinque Ports GC - 14th hole
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Royal Cinque Ports GC - 14th hole
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club's 14th hole plays long for a par 3 at 213 yards into the wind from the members tees. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 17
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 17
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club finishes strong, including this approach to the 17th green. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 18
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - hole 18
A trench of trouble guards the 18th green at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in England. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - 3rd hole
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Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club - 3rd hole
The third hole at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club plays difficult among the dunes. Courtesy of Kevin Murray/Royal Cinque Ports G.C.
Royal Cinque Ports golf course - 6th
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Royal Cinque Ports golf course - 6th
Tee shots lost to the right off the sixth tee will find the dunes at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal, England. Courtesy of Chris Barnard/Royal Cinque Ports G.C.

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club: Former Open venue still a top tournament stop in southeast England

DEAL, Kent, England -- Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club hasn't hosted an Open Championship since 1920, but its place as a championship test is certainly secure.

The club, dating to 1892, hosted the 2013 British Amateur Championship and was scheduled to host one of the final four Open qualifiers from 2014-2017 until severe storms this winter in southeast England filled up low-lying areas and bunkers with water, forcing a change of venue for this summer only.

Royal Cinque Ports, a traditional out-and-back links that hosted Opens in 1909 and 1920, should recover nicely once the water recedes. The links many call "Deal" has a history of battling floods. It lost Open Championships in 1938 and 1949 because of a sea surge. A large seawall built in the 1970s has done its job protecting the course.

Alas, much of the scenery of the shore was lost with its construction. Although three beautiful tee boxes have been built atop the seawall over the years, the layout's best holes rely upon the natural dunes. The third green, the end of a demanding par 4, sits sunken from view in a bowl. A blind tee shot up the left side of the sixth fairway sets up a wedge shot to a table-top green that falls off on three sides. Wild humps and hills highlight interesting green complexes on holes 15-17. Safely crossing a ditch in the final fairway leads to the tricky 18th green.

Be sure to visit the clubhouse for a drink. The second-floor balcony off the bar looks beyond the seawall, a sublime view everybody will cherish.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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