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More Than Just Humps and Bumps—Facts of Royal St. Georges

More Than Just Humps and Bumps—Facts of Royal St. Georges

Royal St. Georges was the first club to host The Open Championship outside of Scotland in 1894.

That is not a photoshopped picture above. That is a bunker on the 4th hole, aptly named Himalaya. It is 40 feet deep.

Tiger Woods lost his first ball as a professional on the first hole in 2003. Ummm, that's like 7 years! We can't go 7 holes!

Ian Flemming used Royal St. Georges (named "Royal St. Marks") in the movie Goldfinger.

It's been said that Flemming came up with 007 because of the figure on the bus that ran from Dover to Sandwich.

Number 13 has 4 bunkers that run down the left-side of the fairway...one of them created by a jettisoned bomb during WWII.

According to PGATOUR a combined 7 players have finished under par in the past two Opens at St. George’s.

A lot of pros consider it unpredictable, with balls, seeming headed for the middle of the fairway, taking awkward bounces into the rough. The fairways have been described as a lunar landscape because of its many humps and hollows.

Royal St. Georges has produced some talented winners...Harry Vardon (twice), Walter Hagen (twice), Bobby Locke, Sandy Lyle, Greg Norman, Darren Clarke...and the outlier, Ben Curtis.