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Our Visit to China Fleet Country Club

/ 13/03/2020 / -

 

China Fleet Country Club

We’ve been lucky enough to be one of the only Tour Operators that have a relationship with China Fleet Country Club. Since our beginning they have been one of the most popular venues we’ve had.

In February 2020, we were invited to experience CF for ourselves.

After our stay it was clear to see why they have become so popular.

As a thank you to their golf team (Ben & Cameron), we have put together this short blog which we hope will inspire those looking to book and excite those that have already booked!

CF is in Saltash, Cornwall. Now, when we say Cornwall this sometimes scares groups, thinking they will have to drive hour after hour. However, Saltash is just over the Tamar Bridge, a stone throw away from the Cornwall & Devon border.

We’ve pulled apart our itinerary to best demonstrate the facilities…

Golf Course

Despite the recent storms (Ciara & Dennis), the course was holding up nicely. But due to the forecast on the day, we were the only souls left on the course.

When describing golf courses, we always run into the usual clichés such as; the holes are all different from each other, there is a high variety of holes, and the course has lots of strategically placed hazards, great views, etc…

All if the above is more relevant than ever when describing CF’s Course. As an example of variety, see this list of holes – (I would scan through this list so I don’t bore you, but it’s there in case you need proof)

  1. Mid length par 4, dog leg right
  2. Long par 5, blind tee shot, straight
  3. Short par 4, dog leg left
  4. Long par 4, straight
  5. Mid length par 3, down hill
  6. Short par 4, blind tee shot, straight
  7. Short par 3, uphill
  8. Mid length par 4, straight
  9. Long par 5, dog leg right
  10. Short par 4, straight
  11. Long par 4, straight
  12. Mid length par 3, flat
  13. Very long par 5, straight ish
  14. Mid length par 4, dog leg right
  15. Mid length par 3, down hill
  16. Mid length par 4, slight dog leg left
  17. Long par 4, slight dog leg left
  18. Mid length par 5, dog leg right

Check my maths here but I’m only counting 3 occasions where the holes are the same. Now, if you break down those 3 occasions –

1st and 14th – nothing like each other, the 1st has no water, the 14th (signature hole) is a drive across water

5th & 15th – Again, water is the difference, with the 5th tee shot being across the hazard.

4th & 11th – The fairway on the 11th runs out at 330 yards (from whites) Hazard stretches down the left. The 4th only has the left bunker as protection off the tee.

 

So, all in all, I think I’ve proved my point about variety.

To get away from all this nasty bulk typing, here are some images we snapped up during the round.

     

      

If you’ve been to CF before you will notice the clearing of trees and bushes behind some of the first 6 greens, this is offering a better view of the Tamar.

Accommodation

Not your typical hotel block where the room feels like you’re boxed in…The accommodation at CF are all apartments & cottages. We were in the 2 bed apartments, which includes; Double/Twin bedroom, En-suite bathroom, kitchen & living room.

Rated 4-star, these apartments are much better for golfing groups than a hotel. Mainly because of the living space which leaves plenty of room for golf clubs and golfing kit.

Also, if you like to have a private drink with your group, you can do so in the living room/kitchen area.

Some of our pictures below…

          

Bistro & Brasserie

After a wet day on the course, we ended up in the brasserie bar and dining area for dinner. If you’re a smaller group, this would be the best option for evening meal. On the brasserie menu you have £24 per person allocated for dinner, and it goes a long way here. If you fancy lots of extras and drinks, you can just pay the difference when ordering.
If you’re a bigger group eating together, you may be better off in the Bistro, where you can select 2-courses from the menu.

Breakfast we used the Bistro. We were delightfully served by Kevin, who was extremely pleasant. So much so, that I made an effort to grab his name afterwards because I wished to give him a shout out here. Nice work Kevin, Great way to start the morning.

Food was superb.

The Gym & Spa

Deciding to stick with our working day routine, we found ourselves in the gym at 6.30am.

Maybe 20% of golfers reading this will find it useful to know that the gym is open for guests and golfing groups, I must admit if I were away on holiday, I would be finding any excuse not to go. However, we were determined to test it out.

The gym is fantastic, variety of machines, weights and everything else. The trainers we active giving sessions from 6.30.

Although it seemed busy for that time of the morning, there was plenty of space to carry on with your workout.

The Spa is perfect for pre or post golf relaxation. Clean, crisp and just a soothing place to be. if you want to take your relaxation to the next level, there are treatments on offer which can be booked in advance.

Overall, we had an incredible experience at China Fleet, straight from the first welcome. It is easy to see why this has become one of the most popular golf resorts in the South West.

Thank you to Ben, Cameron & the CF team for looking after us and our groups so well.

We will certainly be itching to get back in the summer to update these wet and windy pictures of ours.

 

To enquire for your group visit – https://golfsouthwest.co.uk/package/china-fleet-stay-play-golf-breaks-2/

The Top 5 South West Golf Tours 2019

/ 18/12/2019 / -

 

The Top 5 South West Golf Tours 2019

 

As we near the end of 2019, we thought it would be worth looking at which golf tours have been preferred this year.

We have so many great courses across the South West, some tagged as hidden gems and others are nationally or globally known. All our affiliated venues are well worth a visit!

The Top 5 list below is based on facts, so unfortunately there isn’t much arguing you can do with us here.

Although explained in previous blogs, tours are different to stay & plays. Stay & Plays are not included in this list, but if you’re interested in our top 10 list of those – just click here.

If you’re in need of some inspiration for next year then this may be the list for you…

 

…Before you all continue to the list…

From all of us here at Golf South West, we hope you have a fantastic holiday season and wish you all the best for 2020!

 

  1. The Great Western Links Tour

2 Nights, B&B, 3 Rounds
Hotel – Great Western Hotel, Newquay
Round 1 – Perranporth Golf Club
Round 2 – Newquay Golf Club
Round 3 – Trevose Championship Course

In a nutshell… The Great Western Hotel is one of many in our St Austell Brewery Collection. Stunning Atlantic views, walking distance to the beach, locally sourced food and the occasional live band. Teamed with 3 of Cornwall’s premier links courses, all recently featuring in our South West Links blog.

Pricing – from £190pp

  1. The Atlantic Links Tour

5 Nights, B&B, 6 Rounds
Hotel – Various, see below
Round 1 – Trevose Championship Course
Round 2 – St Enodoc Golf Club
Round 3 – Royal North Devon Golf Club
Round 4 – Saunton Golf Club, West Course
Round 5 – Saunton Golf Club, East Course
Round 6 – Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

In a nutshell… This is usually a tour we will build based on the group requirements. Trevose have on site lodges/ apartments that are usually perfect for the first night, playing Trevose & St Enodoc. Moving up the coast you would then arrive in North Devon where a couple of nights in a Brend Hotel (Saunton Sands Hotel, The Park, Barnstaple Hotel & More) is ideal for all group sizes and needs. Finally, the tour ends on the Somerset Coastline, Weston-super-Mare is the most popular base but there are some options outside of town also.

Pricing – from £540pp

  1. The Perfect 1 Night, 2 Round Tour

1 Night, B&B, 2 Rounds
Hotel – Molesworth Arms, Wadebridge
Round 1 – Trevose Championship Course
Round 2 – St Enodoc Golf Club

In a nutshell… Easily the most popular single night tour. The Molesworth Arms changed hands in November 2019, improvements are being made this winter which means this tour will be even better next year! Trevose and St Enodoc are the perfect links combination and are playable all year. We have many groups that travel during the off season and we’ve only ever had compliments on the condition of the courses. Which of course we pass on, as we aren’t their green keepers.

Pricing – from £133pp

  1. The 3 Night Somerset Special

3 Nights, B&B, 4 Rounds
Hotel – Mendip Spring Country Club, Nr Congresbury
Round 1 – Enmore Park Golf Club
Round 2 – Weston-super-Mare Golf Club
Round 3 – Burnham & Berrow Golf Club
Round 4 – Mendip Spring, Brinsea Course

In a nutshell… Somerset has quickly become one of the hot spots for UK golf travel. With the M5 splitting the County, many courses are very easy to drive to. Having Mendip Spring as your base means you will receive complimentary use of both the driving range and the 9-hole Lakeside Course during your stay. The 4 rounds are half parkland and half links, which is preferred by many groups.
There are many versions of this tour, courses such as; Clevedon, Tall Pines, Worlebury and more, are all worthy of being subbed in.

Pricing – from £275pp

  1. The North Devon Golf Tour

2 Nights, B&B, 3 Rounds
Hotel – Brend Hotel Group, see below
Round 1 – Royal North Devon Golf Club
Round 2 – Saunton Golf Club, West Course
Round 3 – Saunton Golf Club, East Course

In a nutshell… Our relationship with Brend Hotel Group means your group has a choice of hotel. We will usually recommend a few depending on your requirements. Royal North Devon, the oldest golf club in England and the two Saunton Courses have been a popular spot for many golfing seasons now. Each course has a different challenge and despite them all being links courses they have a great variety of styles. It might not be a surprise to see this topping the charts again next year as lots of groups have already booked in for North Devon.

Pricing – from £225pp

 

 

The Links Courses of South West England

/ 27/11/2019 / -

The Links Courses of South West England

 

So, what is a “links course”? I sincerely hope that the majority of golfers reading this have a good understanding of what defines a links. Here is our own description –

A links course is first and foremost near the coast. The most important factor is that the soil is sand based, there will be a lack of trees and an abundance of rough. Sea-views are going to be common but due to the height of sand dunes & banks, not every course has them. Apart from the odd bit of course work, these sand-based courses drain well all year and offer great quality winter golf.

We haven’t gone down the rating route this time but hopefully the brief bit information we provide below helps you when choosing a location for your golf tour next year.

As always, our information is based on our personal experience and client feedback.

Pricing system (Based on high season green fee) –
£ = < £50
££ = £50 – £75
£££ = £75 – £100
££££ = £100 – £150
£££££ = £150+

Let’s start in North Somerset and work our way around the South West Coastline…

 

Weston-super-Mare Golf Club, Somerset

Par (White/Red) – 70/72
Length (White/Red) – 6245/5549

In a nutshell…an easier walking links, not too many changes in elevation during the round. The wind can be a nightmare, it swirls over the sand dunes and causes confusion. A small walk from the 4th green to the 5th tee has some of the best views on the course.

Feature Hole – 10th, Par 4. Has a great backdrop coming back towards the clubhouse, long hitters can reach if downwind.
Hardest Hole –15th, Par 4. Designed to play like the 17th at St Andrews. A card ruining hole! OOB down the right, yuck.
Easiest Hole – 8th, Par 5. Predominantly the wind plays off the left/down. Wide driving hole but the green is very undulating.
Price Range – ££

Popular Package – The Mid Somerset Golf Tour

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club (Championship Course), Somerset

Par (White/Red) – 71/74
Length (Green/White/Red) – 6988/6725/5768

In a nutshell…recently featured in our top 10 stay and play venues, Burnham is regularly hosting top amateur & professional events. Burnham have really focused on the experience that visitors receive from checking in at the professional shop to winding down in the clubhouse after the round.

Feature Hole – 9th, Par 3. Any of the par 3s really, but since the new tee on the 9th, the hole has become a great finish to the front 9.
Hardest Hole – 6th, Par 4. The new tee now brings the water into play, zero bail outs. Tough!
Easiest Hole – 16th, Par 4. Widest fairway, huge green. A nice breather before the tough 17th and 18th
Price Range – ££££

Popular Package – The 3 Night Somerset Special Tour

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club (Channel Course), Somerset

Par – 70
Length (White/Red) – 5852/5093

In a nutshell…9 greens, 18 tees. Arguably one of the best 9-hole circuits you will come across. Squeezed between the Championship Course and the beach, this little links is narrow with small greens. A real test of golf for all abilities.

Feature Hole – 8th/17th, Par 3. The best par 3 you will play, fact.
Hardest Hole – 2nd/11th, Par 4. Dog leg left, tough drive trouble left and right.
Easiest Hole – 1st/10th, Par 4. One of the wider tee shots, short second shot and a pretty flat green.
Price Range – £

Popular Package – The Burnham Golf Break

Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club, Somerset

Par – 72
Length (White/Red) – 6264/6213

In a nutshell…outstanding views, mostly on the back nine. No hole is like the last, which make this shorter links great fun. It is certainly unique which makes it a perfect candidate for Somerset County matches and competitions.

Feature Hole – 18th, Par 3. is certainly one to remember, long par 3 with the clubhouse behind.
Hardest Hole – 18th, Par 3. Again, a real tough finish, OOB all around the green.
Easiest Hole – 1st, Par 4. A simple start, driveable par 4. No real trouble here
Price Range – £

Popular Package – The Somerset Coastline Tour

Saunton Golf Club (East Course), Devon

Par (White/Red) – 71/74
Length (Blue/White/Red) – 6774/6444/5934

In a nutshell…1 of 2 incredible links courses at Saunton. The East Course is the longer, tighter and more punishing of the two. Regular host of top amateur and professional events. Fairways are key, you can’t hope to shoot a good score hitting it sideways here. Zero forgiveness! Yes, it is a tough course but, it is extremely enjoyable so you shouldn’t be put off.

Feature Hole – 17th, Par 3. Superb hole to look at but gives you no rest from what is a tough finishing stretch.
Hardest Hole – 14th, Par 4. Could have any hole here but the 14th is long and narrow with a real narrow green
Easiest Hole – 3rd, Par 4. A nice driving iron tee shot, leave a shortish shot in, not too much trouble to deal with.
Price Range – ££££

Popular Package – The North Devon Golf Break

Saunton Golf Club (West Course), Devon

Par – 71
Length (Blue/White/Red) – 6596/6200/5314

In a nutshell…The shorter, slightly friendlier of the two Saunton courses. Lots of positioning needed from the tee, greens like the East (small to medium) in size. As with most links, the wind direction can make this course just as tough as its older brother.

Feature Hole – 18th, Par 3. If you’re playing the East the next day, this long par 3 is tough and will give you a feel for things to come.
Hardest Hole – 14th, Par 4. Never know how much corner to take off, small green that plays on an angle if you bail out to the right from the tee
Easiest Hole – 3rd, Par 5. You’d be unlucky to find the stream on the left. A strong tee shot won’t leave too much in to the green.
Price Range – ££££

Popular Package – The Devon Atlantic Coastline Tour

Royal North Devon Golf Club, Devon

Par (White/Red) – 72/73
Length (Black/White/Red) – 7044/6682/5708

In a nutshell…the oldest golf club in England. An old school design with wide open tee shots and big greens, it makes for a very enjoyable round. I would advise opening your shoulders up and letting the driver have some fun. It is long from the back tees and positioning is key if you’re going to score well.

Feature Hole – 8th, Par 3. Love this hole, right out at the far side of the course. Long but fair! Rumours we could have the 7th, 8th and 9th remodelled, it will be a shame, but the plans look great!
Hardest Hole – 10th, Par 4. You go from wide open to a narrow tee shot through the buckthorn. Seen many rounds ruined through 10 & 11.
Easiest Hole – 4th, Par 4. If you can carry it 200 yards you are fine.
Price Range – £££

Popular Package – The North Devon Golf Break

Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club, Cornwall

Par – 71
Length (White/Red) – 6063/5347

In a nutshell…Smack bang in the middle of town. Similar in a way to courses like Minehead, Weston-s-M and Newquay. Although shorter in length than some of its colleagues, strategic bunkers and hollows make it a tough test for all abilities.

Feature Hole – 4th, Par 3. Really nice short shot guarded well by a “U” shape of bunkers.
Hardest Hole – 6th, Par 4. Crosses the 18th. OOB all the way along the right side
Easiest Hole – 10th, Par 3. Not a long hole, will certainly yield birdies.
Price Range – £

Popular Package – The North Cornwall Taster Tour

St Enodoc Golf Club, Cornwall

Par (White/Red) – 69/73
Length (Blue/White/Red) – 6557/6299/5718

In a nutshell…The famous St Enodoc Church Course, featuring in the WORLD top 100 courses! Stunning view across to Padstow. A solid test of golf from the back pegs but the fairways are reasonably sized which gives every golfer a chance.

Feature Hole – 6th, Par 4. Always gets the most attention due to the oversized “Himalaya” bunker that stands tall at the end of the fairway. Blind second shot makes this a very hard green to hit.
Hardest Hole – 10th, Par 5. Without a doubt the toughest. Forced to play short off the tee and then a long second shot is required.
Easiest Hole – 7th, Par 4. Elevated tee which allows you to see the hole stretched ahead of you. Bunkers are the only defence for this hole.
Price Range – £££

Popular Package – The Polzeath Rock Tour

Trevose Golf & Country Club, Cornwall

Par (White/Red) – 71/75
Length (Blue/White/Red) – 7079/6415/5819

In a nutshell…As seen in the recent stay & play blog where it came number 1. The course plays host to the European Seniors Tour Legend Links Championship which is returning next year. Straight from the first tee you are faced with a gorgeous view across the course and out to the Atlantic.

Feature Hole – 4th, Par 5. Fairway sweeping from right to left. The green was renovated a few years ago and has been a brilliant improvement.
Hardest Hole – 11th, Par 3. Not a green you want to miss! But it’s going through a face lift so this might change!
Easiest Hole – 6th, Par 4. A good drive will get you close to or even on the green.
Price Range – £££

Popular Package –  The Perfect 1 Night, 2 Round Tour

Newquay Golf Club, Cornwall

Par (White/Red) – 69/73
Length (White/Red) – 6141/5364

In a nutshell…Another one of those central town links. Firstly, you will notice the views out to the Atlantic, they can’t really be missed. The golf course doesn’t cover much ground, but they have done extremely well to design a brilliant links course within what is always a busy town.

Feature Hole – 8th, Par 5. Plays parallel to the beach at the lowest point of the course.
Hardest Hole – 2nd, Par 3. If it is a breezy day, you may not have enough club to reach! Horribly small green.
Easiest Hole – 3rd, Par 4. Perfect timing after the hard 2nd. Not much trouble off the tee here and reachable for the long hitters
Price Range – £

Popular Package – The Newquay Golf Tour

Perranporth Golf Club, Cornwall

Par – 72
Length (White/Red) – 6296/5302

In a nutshell…Buy a course planner! Many blind shots which include maker posts. These posts aren’t always in the correct position due to the wind direction. Another links that featured in the top stay & plays. Lodges are nestled between the 7th and 8th.

Feature Hole – 2nd, Par 5. A double dogleg requiring two marker posts.
Hardest Hole – 7th, Par 4. From the back tee, it can be tough to get the line right. Challenging green awaits.
Easiest Hole – 1st, Par 4. A reasonable start. In the summer your drive can run a long way down leaving a short shot in.
Price Range – £

Popular Package – The Great Western Links Tour

West Cornwall Golf Club, Cornwall

Par (White/Red) – 69/72
Length (White/Red) – 5850/5307

In a nutshell… Arguably the best views on the North Coast of Cornwall. Keep your driver in your bag as some positional shots take real accuracy. Save the big stick for the back 9 where the course opens out and becomes more scoreable.

Feature Hole – 10th, Par 4. A blind tee shot and heavily protected two-tier green. Runs along the coastal railway and has spectacular views.
Hardest Hole – 9th, Par 4. Long uphill dog leg with a heavily protected small green which you don’t want to miss right, can ruin anyone’s front 9.
Easiest Hole – 13th, Par 4. It is often drivable and is a great opportunity to get one back against the course.
Price Range – £

Popular Package – The 59 Package

Mullion Golf Club, Cornwall

Par (White/Red) – 70/72
Length (White/Red) – 6053/5422

In a nutshell… Britain’s most southerly course is hard to get to, but with views to numb the pain of any double-bogey – it’s well worth the journey. The cliff top course has a stunning aesthetic that sits on top of South Western Cornish coastline which overlooks Mounts Bay. In the wind – be prepared as it can be a real test for all abilities.

Feature Hole – 10th, Par 4. A well place tee shot on the fairway will leave you a downhill second shot, towards the beach, which must avoid the dreaded ravine to the right of the green which can make even the best golfers look silly.
Hardest Hole – 7th, Par 4. A long hole at the bottom of the golf course with trouble left and right off the tee. A long club is required into a well-protected hourglass shaped green.
Easiest Hole – 16th, Par 3. On paper this short par 3 is the easiest hole and generally only requires a wedge but heavily protected with bunkers you better not miss the green!
Price Range – £

Popular Package – The South Cornwall Stopover Tour

Thurlestone Golf Club, Devon

Par (White/Red) – 70/73
Length (White/Red) – 6268/5538

In a nutshell… One of the South West’s premiere golf courses and a must play if visiting East Devon. A Harry Colt design, this cliff top links offers, year-round play, beautiful views and is perfect addition to a Devon golf tour. Peter Alliss has previously drawn comparisons between Thurlestone and Pebble Beach. Losing a ball off the side of the clifftop is a genuine possibility on more than one occasion during the round!

Feature Hole – 3rd, Par 3. Beautifully constructed short hole. Play out to the headland with the danger of the rugged cliffs on your left.
Hardest Hole – 10th, Par 4. Imposing and tight into a long, narrow green and often the wind!
Easiest Hole – 1st, Par 4. From the tee it looks tight but have faith that there is more room right than you think. A clear chance for an opening birdie.
Price Range – ££

Popular Package – The Dartmoor Golf Tour

The Top 10 Stay & Play Venues in The South West of England

/ 15/11/2019 / -

Top 10 Stay & Plays Venues in the South West of England

We’ve devised a simplistic ranking system to create the top 10 stay & plays in the South West of England.

Now what is a stay & play venue you ask?

Any venue that has both accommodation and golf on site. One where you can park the car, and not have to leave the resort until it’s time to travel home.

These are very popular with larger groups or short stay breaks and can usually cater for all requirements.

Now, the ranking system is a probably the most basic you will see, but maybe that’s a good thing? Each venue has been marked /10 on the following –

  • Accommodation
  • Course*
  • Facilities
  • Value

*Where a venue has more than one course, we have ranked the Championship Course.

If count back is required, the venue with the higher course score will prevail. After all, we go to play golf, right?

Let’s get to it…

 

  1. The Dorset Golf & Country Club (Dorset)

In a nutshell…

Incredible accommodation options, both 4-star hotel & 5-star log homes. The course is made up of 3 nines; Woodland, Parkland, Lakeland.

Accommodation – 9/10
Course – 7/10
Facilities – 6/10
Value – 8/10

Ranking – 7.5/10

  1. Perranporth Golf Club (Cornwall)

In a nutshell…

The on-site lodges are extremely impressive. Built amongst the dunes of the 18-hole championship course, you are greeted with fantastic scenery each morning. The course is a regular host for County golf, a rugged links that will test all level of golfer.

Accommodation – 7/10
Course – 8/10
Facilities – 6/10
Value – 9/10

Ranking – 7.5/10

  1. Mendip Spring County Club (Somerset)

In a nutshell…

Since the addition of the Dormy Apartments, Mendip Spring has rapidly become one of the most popular venues in Somerset. Ridiculously impressive value!
If the lake-riddled Brinsea (Championship) Course isn’t enough for you, there is a 9-hole Lakeside Course available too.

Accommodation – 7/10
Course – 7/10
Facilities – 7/10
Value – 10/10

Ranking – 7.75/10

  1. Carlyon Bay Hotel, Golf & Spa (Cornwall)

In a nutshell…

Many will know the award winning Brend Hotel Group. Owning 6 hotels in North Devon, including Saunton Sands, not many know that Carylon Bay is also in the fold.
As with all their hotels, Brend deliver a high standard throughout. This is partnered nicely with a Championship course that overlooks Shimmering Bay.

Accommodation – 9/10
Course – 7/10
Facilities – 8/10
Value – 7/10

Ranking – 7.75/10

  1. The Point at Polzeath (Cornwall)

In a nutshell…

The 5-star apartments are a straight 10/10…oh yea, and there is a health club/swimming pool just a short walk away, what more could you want?
The course is one of the proud hosts of the PGA Cornish Festival Tournament.

Accommodation – 10/10
Course – 6/10
Facilities – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Ranking – 8.0/10

  1. Bovey Castle Resort (Devon)

In a nutshell…

Easily another top mark for accommodation. 5 Red Star hotel and lodges overlooking the breath-taking Dartmoor. As you can imagine, it’s not cheap…if it wasn’t for the pricing, I think they would be close to taking top spot.
Perfect for a luxury break!

Accommodation – 10/10
Course – 8/10
Facilities – 9/10
Value – 5/10

Ranking – 8.0/10

  1. Cumberwell Park (Wiltshire)

In a nutshell…

There will come a time where Cumberwell will cover most of Wiltshire. Currently in possession of 36 holes of Championship golf a 9-hole par 3 course and another 9-hole par 3 course on the way…madness! On-site luxury cottages that top off a brilliant venue.

Accommodation – 8/10
Course – 8/10
Facilities – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Ranking – 8.0/10

  1. Burnham & Berrow Golf Club (Somerset)

In a nutshell…

The bad news first…The Dormy House can sleep a maximum of 12 golfers each night. The good news…every morning they will step out on arguably one of the best links courses you are likely to play. Although the Championship Course is the main attraction, make sure you experience the Channel Course. Cut between the beach and the Championship Course, this 9-hole is not for the fainthearted.

Accommodation – 7/10
Course – 10/10
Facilities – 8/10
Value – 7/10

Ranking – 8.0/10

  1. St Mellion International (Cornwall)

In a nutshell…

Ahh, the famous Nicklaus Course, a brutal test from the back tees but the animal can be tamed when playing from the friendlier yellows. Beside the 18th green, a 4-star hotel stands proud. After golf you can relax in the Spa or drown your sorrows in the Nicklaus Bar.
The Kernow Course is considered the little sister of the Nicklaus, with wider fairways and big greens.

Accommodation – 8/10
Course – 9/10
Facilities – 9/10
Value – 7/10

Ranking – 8.25/10

  1. Trevose Golf & Country Club (Cornwall)

In a nutshell…

Are we surprised? If you haven’t already experienced this unique links, you should stop what you’re doing and head there immediately.
5-star apartments, lodges, cottages and bungalows sat on a European Seniors Tour Championship Course.
Just like most links, the course stays in welcoming condition all year.

Accommodation – 9/10
Course – 9/10
Facilities – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Ranking – 8.5/10

Well there you have it, a top 10 provided by the West Country travel specialists. We know you might not all agree with our choices, but they are based on our own experiences and our client feedback.

Venues that didn’t quite make the list –

Dartmouth Hotel, Golf & Spa (Devon) – 7.5/10
Bowood Park Hotel & Golf (Cornwall) – 7.5/10
Highbullen Country Club (Devon) – 7.5/10
Lanhydrock Hotel, Golf & Spa (Cornwall) – 7.25/10
China Fleet Country Club (Cornwall) – 7.25/10
Trethorne Country Club (Cornwall) – 7.0/10
Brean Country Club (Somerset) – 6.25/10

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