I thought to ask it because the Prince’s Golf Club has just completed their 3-year renovation project with the opening of Smugglers’ Landing, a completely new par-3.
The renowned golf course architects, Mackenzie & Ebert scooped this project 3 years ago. They began with the now lauded ‘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.
The new hole plays as the 5th (see picture above) on the Shore nine at Prince’s replacing the current eighth and breaks up the direction of the layout facing north east out toward the sea.
The new hole plays as the fifth on the Shore nine at Prince’s replacing the current 8th and breaks up the direction of the layout facing north east out toward the sea.
To set the scene for 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.
The four peninsula tees provide a variety of different yardages to play to the tricky green complex ranging from 103 yards from the red tee through to 158 from the blues at the back.
The wide-ranging improvements made across all three loops have directly led to the club breaking back into Great Britain and Ireland Top 100 rankings for the first time in 35 years with Top100GolfCourses.com, Golf World, and National Club Golfer magazines.
We should not forget that Prince’s Golf Club is a GEO Certified® and participating in the OnCourse® program.