Cornwall – For the Links Lovers
By Golf South West
First developed in Scotland, a Links course is the oldest type of golf course. The name comes from an old English word meaning “rising ground or ridge” and refers to an area of coastal sand dunes and parkland. The oldest example of a links course is the Old Course at St Andrews, the oldest golf course in the world and is considered by many to be the home of Golf. The largest number of Links courses can be found in Scotland, however if you want to enjoy the beautiful surroundings that accompany most links courses, then the warmer climate of south west England offers an opportunity to experience the finest links courses with beautiful weather.
Links courses you should play in Cornwall
1. St Enodoc
St Enodoc is Cornwall’s pride and joy, each hole feels unique due to the undulating terrain and with the tight fairways, courage and accuracy is a must if players want to make a good score. Based in Rock, St Enodoc is easily accessible from Padstow, Newquay, Bude, Truro, Bodmin, Saltash & Launceston. If you want to play the best golf during your stay in Cornwall, then St Enodoc is a must!
Trevose offers incredible views looking out over the Atlantic Ocean
Trevose Golf Club provides breath taking links golf at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. As with all true links the wind is always a major factor and means that no two days are ever the same at this magnificent course.
The location means that golf is on offer 12 months of the year and condition is maintained to the highest possible standard. This has lead to Trevose being selected to host some major events in recent years including The Brabazon Trophy (2008), The McGregor Trophy (2012) and the English Men’s County Finals (2017).
Away from the Championship course Trevose offers a different challenge in the way of the Headland course. Measuring just over 3000 yards the headland course provides a thrilling 9 holes of golf including a truly unique view awaiting you upon your arrival at the 5th green!
The final piece of the jigsaw at Trevose is The Short Course set around the Chapel of St Constantine’s. This par 3/4 course will allow the less experienced golfer to enjoy the delights of Trevose without fighting around the 7000+ yard Championship course. The Short Course is also regularly used by experienced players looking to hone their short game before the main event.
3 . Perranporth
Perranporth is a hidden gem nestled deep into Cornwall.
Perranporth Golf Club, designed by James Braid and located above the stunning cliffs and beaches of Perranporth, is a wonderfully designed course that is considered by many to be one of the finest courses in the South West. Perranporth Golf Club is full of natural contours, which means each hole as a unique experience, with its own individual demands. This 6296 yard par 72, with its undulating fairways, lightning fast greens and picturesque backdrops, provide an exciting challenge for beginners and experienced players alike. If you are heading anyway near Padstow, Newquay, Truro during your time in Cornwall, you simply must take a trip over to Perranporth.
These are just a few of the fantastic links courses that are on offer in the south west, with Trevose and St Enodoc themselves being part of what is known as the “Atlantic Links”. A set of 5 courses in Cornwall, Somerset and North Devon. This set of courses offers some of the finest links golf in all of Britain and is an experience we would recommend to anyone. Keep an eye on our website and future blogs for news on Links golf breaks we can offer you.