Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6LD
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
18-hole par-63 Holywell course (4103 yards).
19 miles NE of Newquay
From the A39 just north of Wadebridge, take the B3314 direction Rock. Follow signs to Rock and then St Enodoc GC.
St Enodoc Golf Club (Church Course): One of Britain's best loved poets laureate, Sir John Betjeman, was also a long-time member of St Enodoc. It's easy to imagine how the rolling fairways of this fabulous links course inspired Sir John to write his classic poem "Seaside Golf." As the poem's final verse goes: "Ah! Seaweed smells from sandy caves, And thyme and mist in whiffs; In-coming tide, Atlantic waves, Slapping the sunny cliffs; Lark song and sea sounds in the air, And splendour, splendour everywhere". This is indeed a layout full of splendour, as well as many golfing challenges and stunning Atlantic Ocean views.
Here at St Enodoc you will find classic duneland golf accompanied by wonderful ocean vistas and challenges to test all facets of your game. The open links course is routed across relatively hilly, undulating terrain, ensuring no two holes play the same. Although not long by today's standards, the layout can feel quite tight, especially with a sea breeze blowing, and penal rough waiting to catch wayward drives.
"How straight it flew, how long it flew, It clear'd the rutty track; And soaring, disappeared from view, Beyond the bunker's back; A glorious, sailing, bounding drive, That made me glad I was alive." If you can hit your drives in the manner of the poem's opening verse, then you will certainly be glad to be alive, and revel in the opportunities presented by St Enodoc's tumbling fairways, firm greens and occasional blind shots.
St Enodoc is one of the finest and most memorable links courses in England, offering delightful views along the rugged Cornish coast, across the Camel estuary and into nearby Padstow. Two other features to look out for: just beyond the 10th hole is a 12th century Church with a crooked spire; it is here that Betjeman is buried. You also can't miss the Himalayan-size dune at the par-4 6th, which houses one of the most cavernous bunkers you'll find on a golf course.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends (Saturdays after 2:30pm).
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap (Church course): men 24; women 28. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course.
Sir John Betjeman (1906-84) - keen golfer, poet laureate and lover of the north Cornish coast - is buried in St Enodoc church next to the 10th hole.
2019 Golf World rating: 23rd best course in Britain & Ireland; 6th best in England.
Trebetherick, nr Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 6SD.
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The St Mortitz Hotel & Cowshed Spa promises the ultimate coastal break. Located in Trebetherick near Rock, where the River Camel estuary meets the swell of the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can free yourselves from daily routines with calm, comfortable and stylish surroundings, beautiful empty beaches, exquisite dining and a very warm welcome.
Constantine Bay, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8JB
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The club accommodation consists of 10 luxury flats (8 sleep two people, 2 sleep four people), 5 bungalows and 7 chalets (all sleep 5 people). There is also a Fairway Cottage (sleeps 6), club flat (sleeps 5) and 7 double dormy flats. In all the Club can accommodate over 120 guests at any one time.
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