Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6DQ
18 holes. Heathland, clifftop course. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Original 1902 layout by Captain Robert Tosswill. Many others contributed to later improvements.
11 miles SE of Exeter.
Leave the M5 motorway at exit 30. Follow the A376 direction Exmouth. After 2 miles turn left at roundabout and follow the B3179, direction Woodbury/Budleigh Salterton. After 7 miles, just before entering Budleigh Salterton, and a few hundred yards after "Welcome to Budleigh Salterton" sign, turn right into Links Rd. Golf Club is 100 yds on your left.
East Devon Golf Club: Laid out alongside the sea on a beautiful stretch of Devon coastline, the East Devon Golf Club is located within easy reach of three iconic English seaside towns: neighbouring Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth to the west and Sidmouth to the east.
Although many holes look out onto the English Channel, don't expect a classic British links layout with towering sand dunes and the like. Here at East Devon there are substantial cliffs separating the sea from what is essentially an open, heathland, clifftop style course. At 6231 yards, it is not a long course, but offers a fair and interesting test of golf that requires accurate shot-making in order to score well.
On this naturally undulating and very picturesque terrain, several holes incorporate gentle elevation changes, although none of the climbs are too onerous. The fairways have been cut through a profusion of heather and gorse and, according to Peter Alliss, the 16th tee provides "one of the best views in golf." Thanks to its excellent drainage the course is rarely closed due to rain, though occasionally a mist rolls in from the Channel, so it might be worth checking the local weather forecast in advance.
The variety of wonderful sea and countryside views, matched by the quality of the course and usually top-quality greenkeeping, ensures East Devon's place among the top echelon of courses in the southwest of England.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and after 10am on weekends.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course.
Resident golf professional Trevor Underwood was a European Tour player, and is a much respected professional throughout the county of Devon.
As explained on their website, East Devon Golf Club's initial 1902 course layout was designed by Captain Robert G. D. Tosswill, with a number of the original holes still in use today. There is still evidence around the course of some of the original holes that are no longer in use, like the two-tier green of the old 4th hole, which can be seen when driving from the current 12th tee.
Throughout its first 25 years the course underwent several changes. The Secretary, Mr Palairet, with help from Herbert Fowler of Westward Ho!, began work on improvements to the course, creating most of the layout which is played today. The famous golf course designer of the time, Harry S. Colt, completed the work, and during the 1920s and 1930s James Braid was largely responsible for the continued development of the course, including the current 18th green.
The Beacon, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AF
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For over two centuries, this elegant hotel has offered guests a tradition of genuine hospitality. The hotel is situated in a quiet, elevated position on Exmouth's finest Regency terrace, once home to Lady Nelson and Lady Byron. Visitors are provided with wonderful views over well-tended gardens, the Devon coastline and the red cliffs of Orcombe Point.
Woodbury Castle, Woodbury, Exeter EX5 1JJ
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The Woodbury Park Hotel is located just outside the historic university city of Exeter, and within a few minutes drive of the beautiful River Exe estuary and the wonderful East Devon coastline. The hotel features 56 guest rooms, 5 luxury Swiss-style lodges, an 18-hole Championship golf course and 9-hole short course, Bodyzone Health & Beauty Spa, Nigel Mansell's World of Racing exhibition, fine dining and casual eating restaurants, conference and banqueting facilities, and all the amenities you would expect of a top-quality hotel and country club.
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