01 Oct Royal Status
The first evidence of association between the club and the Royal Family came as early as 1900, when HRH the Prince of Wales (Later Edward VII) played regularly on his visits to Deal. He was later to become President from 1905 – 1907.
He bestowed Royal Patronage on Cinque Ports Golf Club, before his coronation as King George V, and the Club had adopted the Royal prefix by October 1910. The King remained the Club’s Patron and President until his death in 1936.
The title of Royal, however, was not formally granted until 1949, when George VI. During the intervening period the title of Royal had been innocently presumed from when the Royal Patronage was granted. His son, the Prince of Wales and later Edward VIII, regularly played at Deal between the wars.