We're desperate to try out Smugglers' Landing as soon as we can...

Image: Jason Livy

Prince’s Golf Club in Sandwich Bay, Kent has celebrated the completion of a major renovation project at the 27-hole property with the opening of Smugglers’ Landing, a completely new par-3.

The three-year project undertaken by internationally acclaimed golf course architects, Mackenzie and Ebert, began with the ‘reimagination’ of the Himalayas nine, completed in Spring 2018.

Since then, significant course improvement works have been completed on both the Shore and Dunes nines leading up to the opening of the signature new par-3, the final checkpoint in the club’s master development plan.

To set the scene and explain the history of the Sandwich Flats and the fight against smuggling in Sandwich Bay, for which the hole is themed, the club have installed a replica scene by the walkway to the tee.

However, we think anyone playing this hole will be far too distracted by the amazing views out to sea to concentrate on anything else.

Commenting on the finished result, architect Martin Ebert said:

“Following the creation of a new short hole on the Himalayas nine, it was equally exciting to do the same with Smugglers’ Landing on the Shore. The challenge was to create a hole with a different character to Bloody Point and the away-sloping green has achieved that, not to mention the extensive bare sand areas in the carry and to the right of the hole.

“The creation of these sand areas throughout the entire landscape of the Shore and Dunes nines in this phase of work has created so many stunning links vistas but none better and more impressive than for Smugglers’ Landing. The incredible aerial photography Jason Livy has taken of the hole must surely entice even more golfers to come to Princes to enjoy the classic links experience on offer.”

It's certainly got our attention and we can't wait to give it a go.

The pictures alone will be worth the balls we'll lose.

For more information visit www.princesgolfclub.co.uk.

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