Saunton Golf Club (West course)


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Saunton Golf Club (West course) Est. 1976

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Saunton Golf Club (West course): If you think Saunton's West course is simply an add-on or warm-up for the more celebrated East course, then think again. Like its sibling, the out-and-back West course is another seaside links gem. Some would even argue it is the more scenic of the two, laid out on undulating terrain that sits closer to the mighty dunes of Braunton Burrows.

The West's proximity to the expansive dunes of Braunton Burrows creates the opportunity for some excellent elevation changes on the layout's opening and closing holes. The sand hills also provide welcome protection from coastal breezes and Atlantic winds that regularly come in from the southwest.

Coastal links land is typically criss-crossed by water ditches, a phenomenon that is integral to several holes on the West course. These water channels meander through the good-length par-4 7th (Ditch), and two of the three back-nine par-5s, the 12th (Orchids) and 17th (Leonard Lake). In addition to the neatly cut ditches, you'll also need to avoid good quality pot bunkering, especially around the greens, and a never ending supply of long fescues that snaffle anything hit too far offline.

Perhaps even more than on the longer East, good course management and accurate shot-placement are important factors to building a good score. The West course is a great links course in its own right, and one to include with the East on any visit to splendid Saunton.

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Making Contact

Saunton Golf Club
Saunton,
nr Braunton, Devon EX33 1LG
England
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Office   +44 (0)1271 812 436
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1271 812 013
Fax

  +44 (0)1271 814 241

Email   admin@sauntongolf.co.uk
Website   www.sauntongolf.co.uk
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Golf Pro
 
Albert MacKenzie (PGA Golf Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
 
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
 
Designer: Frank Pennink
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6403 5548 5342
Par 71 69 71
SSS or Slope 72 68 71
 
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-71 East Course (6,729 yards from back tees).
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How2Get 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.

Essential information

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. Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, packages, etc. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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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.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts and/or caddies available if booked in advance.

Practice facilities
Good
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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.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: among the second 100 best courses in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (51.116391)
Longitude: (-4.207394)
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Saunton Sands Hotel 4-star
Saunton, nr. Braunton, North Devon
+44 (0)1271 890 212
www.sauntonsands.co.uk

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.

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