St Enodoc Golf Club (Church)

Caddy notes on St Enodoc Golf Club (Church)

  • The top rated golf course in the southwest of England
  • This wonderful links has held a comfortable World top 100 ranking for many years
  • Is home to 2 golf courses, the World top 100 Church and the shorter, but still very enjoyable Holywell
  • One of the very best conditioned golf courses in the region with play is possible 12 months of the year
  • Stunning and dramatic location on overlooking the Atlantic one side and Camel estuary on the other
  • The Church course provides a tough test and maximum handicaps of 22 for men and 23 for ladies are advised

The South West’s finest and World top 100 course

Located on the northern Cornish coast, St Enodoc Golf Club is the #1 golf course in Cornwall and a true bucket list course for the discerning golfer. The links course is officially ranked as the 74th best golf course in the World, 29th in the UK, and 10th in England. Situated on the north Cornish coast, it boasts spectacular views overlooking the River Camel and outwards into the Atlantic Ocean.

St Enodoc Golf Club is steeped in rich history, dating back to the late 19th century, and has hosted a number of prestigious events including the English Men’s Amateur in 1999 and 2008 and the corresponding women’s championship in 2018. It has also been a regular host of the prestigious West of England Championship over the years. The course was originally designed by James Braid, a five-time Open Champion, and has undergone several renovations and upgrades over the years to maintain its status as one of the premier golf courses in the world.

Courage, accuracy and concentration are a must if players want to make a good score. The latter can, however, prove a little tricky as you look out across the stunning Camel Estuary at Padstow and the Atlantic Ocean from your perfectly manicured location.

A course does not make it firmly into the World top 100 list without a number of notable holes. We could spend all day talking through the number of fantastic holes at St Enodoc, but we’ll save you some surprises for the round. That said, a few that are certainly worth highlighting.

Ask anyone about St Enodoc and they will immediately reference the 6th. It’s the one that sticks in the mind as 100 yards from the green you must navigate the largest “bunker” you are ever likely to see. This 75-foot giant dune is aptly named the Himalayas and also gives its name to the hole itself.

As you turn for the back 9, number 10 is a marmite hole for many. Personally a big fan of the tight par 4 which has a bank on the right, a snaking fairway, plus water and out-of-bounds down the left. If that isn’t enough, the green slopes from left to right and front to back making holding your approach a challenge. All of this is set against the backdrop of the famous John Betjeman church for which St Enodoc is so indelibly associated.

One final mention must go to the dramatic card wrecker of a par 5 which is the 16th. As you head for home, this 560-yard par 5 runs along the camel estuary with views of Padstow to your right… along with the out-of-bounds. The tiered green is tricky to find with bunkers and dunes left and no mans land right.

St Enodoc Golf Club is easily accessible from several major towns and cities in Cornwall, including Padstow, Newquay, Bude, Truro, Bodmin, Saltash, and Launceston. And, if you are looking for more golf during your trip, the club is only a short distance from another great course in Trevose Golf Club.

If you are planning a golf trip to St Enodoc, there are several accommodation options nearby. The Point at Polzeath offers contemporary apartments with stunning views of the ocean, while St Enodoc Hotel provides luxurious accommodation and fine dining in a beautiful setting. And for those who prefer a more traditional experience, the newly refurbished Oystercatcher, owned by St Austell Brewery, offers comfortable rooms and a warm Cornish welcome. If you’re planning to play both St Enodoc and Trevose during your time in Cornwall, the Molesworth Arms could be the best base for you.

Drop us a line with your requirements for your next Cornish golf trip and we’ll pull together a bespoke quote for you and your group to come and experience this great county and this magnificent World ranked golf course.


Visitor information

  • Visitor slots 6 days a week PM
  • No visitors on a Saturday
  • Handicap Index restrictions apply for the Church course, 21.4 Men and 22.7 Ladies. Handicap certificates/CDH numbers to be provided in advance of play.
  • Buggies are limited and can only be hired due to medical reasons
  • 36 holes on site at St Enodoc. The Church Course and Holywell Course


Course Information

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Distances and pars

  • Blue

    Par: 69

    Yards: 6,557

  • White

    Par: 69

    Yards: 6,299

  • Yellow

    Par: 69

    Yards: 6,110

  • Red

    Par: 73

    Yards: 5,718

Course location

Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6LD

The local area

Located on the North Cornish coast, St Enodoc Golf Club sits above the River Camel, with the wonderful town of Padstow in view across the river. Padstow can easily be reached by regular ferries leaving from nearby Rock, and is host to Rick Steins numerous restaurants and award winning Fish and Chips. If you prefer to stay active after you finish your round, Camel Ski Club and the Rock Sailing and Water ski Club are within walking distance. In the evening the headland at Trevose is a short drive from Padstow where you can see Trevose lighthouse and enjoy spectacular views overlooking Baras Bay.

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St Enodoc Golf Club FAQ's

  • What is the dress code at St Enodoc Golf Club?

    St Enodoc Golf Club has a strict dress code that all visitors are expected to adhere to. Men are required to wear collared shirts and tailored shorts or trousers, while women are required to wear suitable golf attire. Denim, cargo shorts, and trainers are not allowed on the course or in the clubhouse.

  • Is there a handicap limit to play the Church Course at St Enodoc Golf Club?

    Handicap Index restrictions apply for the Church course, 21.4 Men and 22.7 Ladies. Handicap certificates/CDH numbers to be provided in advance of play.

  • Is St Enodoc Church Course suitable for beginners?

    St Enodoc Golf Club is a challenging links course that may not be suitable for beginners. However, the Holywell Course is a little more friendly and will be suitable for golfers of most standards.

  • What facilities are available at St Enodoc Golf Club?

    St Enodoc Golf Club has a range of facilities available for visitors, including a pro shop, clubhouse, and restaurant. They also have a driving range, putting green, and short game practice area for golfers to warm up before the round.

  • Are there any restrictions on when visitors can play at St Enodoc Golf Club?

    Visitors are welcome to play at St Enodoc Golf Club throughout the year, subject to availability, Sunday through to Friday.

    Visitor times vary but typically there are limited two ball slots prior to 9am and a limited number of 4 ball slots between 12pm and 3pm.

    Contact Golf South West to find out the availability across your favoured dates. If you are intent on playing St Enodoc Church Course during your time in Cornwall, we suggest starting here and then building your tour around the available tee times.

  • Can you hire a golf buggy at St Enodoc Golf Club?

    St Enodoc Golf Club offers the hire of buggies for £40 per round. However, the use of buggies is restricted to players with exceptional circumstances, who can provide a medical certificate. Due to limited availability, it is recommended that players pre-book in advance to secure a buggy.

  • Does St Enodoc offer a caddie service?

    Caddies can be arranged at St. Enodoc with advance notice. Please signal your intent to have a caddie for your round during the initial booking process. Additional fees and gratuities apply.

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