Royal St. Georges Clubhouse
Royal St. Georges Clubhouse 1920
In the 1950's and 60's Ian Fleming had a house in nearby St. Margaret's Bay, but he was a member of Royal St. George's Golf Club at Sandwich Bay and started playing there before the 2nd World War.
Fleming on his drive to London may have passed the bus from Dover via Canterbury to London which was and still is number 007 which of course may just be a coincidence.
There are scenes in Goldfinger that are set in this area - notably the golf match at the fictional “Royal St. Mark’s" between James Bond and Goldfinger - which is set at a club probably based on Royal St. George's Sandwich.
Mr. Fleming was about to become the Captain of St. George's when he died of a heart attack in 1964.
Royal St. Georges has hosted the British Open Golf Championship many times - the most recent was in 2021.
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