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Royal St. George's Hole 9

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The ninth hole at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England.
Royal St. George's Hole 9

Power plant towers loom in the background of the ninth hole at Royal St. George's.

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Royal St. George's Golf Club was lengthened prior to the 2011 British Open, and for that tournament played to 7,211 yards and a par of 70. For regular play, the yardages are 6,630 and 6,340 yards, with pars of 70.

Women are not allowed to become members of Royal St. George's, but are allowed to play the course. However, there aren't any women's tees. And women must have a handicap of 18 or less to play Royal St. George's (same applies to men).

Photo: The front side wraps up at Royal St. George's with this 410-yard par-4 hole. Backdrops at Royal St. George's include the English Channel on some holes, along with the towers visible in the photo above. What are they? They are the cooling towers of the Richborough Power Station, a power plant that is no longer in use.

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