Photo of Saunton Golf Club (East course)

Saunton Golf Club

Saunton,

nr Braunton, Devon EX33 1LG

  • Office

    +44 (0)1271 812 436
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1271 812 013
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1271 814 241
  • Golf pro

    Albert MacKenzie (PGA Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Herbert Fowler

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6729
5687
5905
Par
71
69
74
SSS or slope
73
68
74

At the same location:

18-hole par-71 West Course (6,403 yards from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

51.116391

Longitude:

-4.207394

How to get there:

8 miles W of Barnstaple

From Barnstaple take the A361 to Braunton, then the B3231 to Saunton. Golf club is on your left heading west out of Saunton.

Saunton Golf Club (East course)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1897

Saunton Golf Club (East course): Saunton's much celebrated East course occupies a wonderfully open and natural area of coastal duneland. This scenic and absorbing out-and-back layout is home to an abundance of excellent links golf holes that thread their way between good-size dunes. Between you and the ocean is a stunning area of even bigger sand hills, which thankfully provide some protection from Atlantic winds that blow in from the southwest.

The East course at Saunton is undoubtedly one of England's national golfing treasures. A classic, unadulterated and challenging links course from first to last. The number of blind drives demanded by the layout is kept to a minimum. Most of the time it's reasonably clear what's required from the nicely elevated tees, simply a matter of executing the shot! The greens are firm and true, as good as any in Britain, and the overall standard of upkeep on both Saunton's courses is usually excellent.

Assuming your objective is to score well, you'll definitely need to hit the fairways on several long par-4s. You'll not get much 'run' on the ball if you mess with the ball-grabbing rough and fine array of bunkering. Alternatively, you may simply want to enjoy the unspoilt naturalness of this glorious coastal gem. In which case a few journeys into the nether world beyond the crisp, undulating fairways should not be an undue worry.

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  • Photo of Saunton Golf Club (East course)
  • Photo of Saunton Golf Club (East course)

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends (after 9:30 am).

Must book in advance. Proof of handicap may be requested.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season on East or West course (May thru' Oct): £100 (all days); in Aug rate drops to £70.

Credit cards accepted. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts and/or caddies available if pre-booked.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Saunton was the scene of one of Sergio Garcia's early international wins, coming in the British Boys' Amateur Championship in 1997.

The nearby village of Braunton, is reputedly one of the largest villages in England. It took its name from the Goidel saint, Brannock, who came from South Wales as a missionary and started to convert the native Britons to the christian faith around 550 AD. The township that grew up around Brannock's church was named Brannockstood, which later became Brauntona and at the end of the nineteenth century, Braunton.

Published ranking

GB&I: 43rd best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
England: 22nd best course in England (Golf World, 2021).

Where2Stay

  • Saunton Sands Hotel4-star

    Saunton, nr. Braunton, North Devon

    +44 (0)1271 890 212

    Visit website

    Perched high on a cliff with miles of golden sands below, the Saunton Sands Hotel offers 4-star accommodation and wonderful views, stretching along the dramatic coastline and across the fascinating World Heritage Site at Braunton Burrows.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Saunton (o.7 mi)

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Royal North Devon

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