North Devon Golf Break

Overview

One of the most famous and popular golf tours in the south west of England and it is no surprise. North Devon is home to some seriously good courses… we mean seriously good. World top 100 good.

From a course that has been talked about in the same breath as Royal Birkdale, Royal St Georges and Royal Troon, to the oldest golf course in the England, the North Devon region of Barnstaple and surrounding towns is a must visit for your golf society or group!

You can stay near enough on site at the luxury Saunton Sands Hotel, or venture nearer the town of Barnstaple with an array of pubs, restaurants and bars to keep you busy in the evening.

Golf is played at some of the finest links in the UK. Saunton East has been talked about as a potential Open host and Royal North Devon is the oldest golf course in England. A trip here just for the history is well worth it!

2 Nights, 3 Rounds

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    £550pp
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  • Courses

  • Hotel

  • Saunton Golf Club (East)

  • Saunton Golf Club (West)

  • Royal North Devon Golf Club

Experience true links golf at this World leading golf destination

Situated on the scenic North Devon coast, the East Course at Saunton Golf Club stands as a testament to both golfing tradition and natural splendour. With its roots stretching back to 1897, this course has grown in stature and acclaim, particularly with its recent inclusion in the world’s top 100 golf courses.

Herbert Fowler’s touch is evident in its design. He transformed the original landscape into a challenging layout that has since seen the likes of legends such as Harry Vardon and emerging talents like Sergio Garcia. Spanning 6,779 yards, the par-71 course demands strategy, especially with holes like the 16th, aptly named ‘Fowler’, that presents its own set of unique challenges.

One of the defining characteristics of the East Course is its location amidst the Braunton Burrows. This UNESCO-recognised area boasts a diverse ecosystem, making a round here as much an experience with nature as it is a golfing challenge.

Saunton’s recent global recognition has bolstered its reputation in the South of England. As a destination, it offers a blend of challenging golf and natural beauty, making it a noteworthy stop for those touring the region. It is also not only renowned for its East Course, but with the West Course, it also stands proud as one of the premier 36-hole venues in the UK. The accolade of having two courses ranked in the UK’s top 100 is a testament to the club’s dedication to offering unparalleled golfing experiences. With adjacent courses like Royal North Devon and Ilfracombe within reach, North Devon is a truly unique golfing hotspot.

Course Information

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Devon Ranking

1st

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England Ranking

21st

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UK Ranking

48th

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A distinctive links test through the Devon dunes

Tucked away in North Devon, Saunton’s West Course promises a golfing journey both rich in history and flush with natural beauty. While its inception in the 1930s was interrupted by wartime utilisation, its post-war reawakening has cemented its status as a beacon for links enthusiasts.

Frank Pennink, renowned for his course designs, played a pivotal role in rejuvenating the West Course in the 1970s. His vision was later augmented by Donald Steel, who meticulously relayed the greens – work he regards among his finest.

It may be more succinct in length compared to its older sibling, the East Course, but the West’s layout is nothing short of intricate. Here, burns, streams, and the ever-present dunes don’t just add to the aesthetics but significantly elevate the course’s challenge. Precision is paramount, with each hole demanding calculated tee placements and strategic approaches.

Both courses at Saunton share a reputation for having some of England’s most refined putting surfaces. But the West Course has its own unique charisma, ensuring its place alongside the East in the pantheon of great British links courses.

Golfers visiting Saunton are often struck by the West Course’s distinctive character, as it offers a perfect blend of history, challenge, and unparalleled natural beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just beginning your links journey, Saunton’s West Course invites you to experience golfing in its purest form.

Course Information

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Devon Ranking

3rd

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England Ranking

61st

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A piece of history, England’s oldest golf course

Royal North Devon Golf Club at Westward Ho! is the oldest golf course in England. A rolling links course offering stunning views of the Taw & Torridge Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean and a venue of real historical importance. Part of the Atlantic links network, Royal North Devon provides golfers with a true traditional links test.

The Championship course stretches out over 7,000 yards and provides a stiff test for golfers, especially when the wind blows! Ideally located in Westward Ho! near Bideford and an integral piece in North Devon’s sterling golfing reputation. Royal North Devon is as traditional a links course as you will find. Rolling fairways and bunker-protected greens, along with seaside golf makes this a course you will never forget.

Ranked in the “Top 100 courses a golfer must play in the World”, RND is simply one of the UK’s, not just the South West’s, best-golfing destinations.

RND is also home to the Taylor Par 3 course. A fun 14 hole set up built to test your short game. Worth playing if you have the time during your visit!

Course Information

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    Links course
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Devon Ranking

2nd

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England Ranking

60th

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    Driving range
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    Free Parking
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    Golf lessons
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    Multi-course venue
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    Pro shop
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    Putting green
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    Restaurant
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    Short game area
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  • The Royal and Fortescue Hotel (Barnstaple)

The Royal and Fortescue Hotel (Barnstaple)

Hotel overview

Set in the heart of the town of Barnstaple, The Royal & Fortescue Hotel is housed inside an ancient coaching inn and retains much of the historic charm whilst still boasting the modern facilities you expect. This centrally located hotel is perfect for exploring Barnstaple and other areas of North Devon.

The hotel boasts a convenient town centre location, set in the heart of the bustling town of Barnstaple. Heated indoor and outdoor pools are available at the nearby sister hotel, as well as saunas and hot stone beds for when you want to relax.

Enjoy elegant cuisine in the Lord Fortescue Restaurant, where the finest local ingredients are sourced and put together for an exceptional dining experience.

If you prefer a more relaxed and informal dining experience then you can visit the lively bistro, 62 The Bank.

Free parking, free Wi-Fi and 24 hour room service are available with all bookings so everything is taken care of.

Everything you need for a luxury weekend break is available at The Royal and Fortescue Hotel.

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Resort location

Boutport St
Barnstaple
EX31 1HG

The local area

Set in the superb holiday town of Barnstaple, The Royal & Fortescue is perfectly located for exploring the town of Barnstaple and the North Devon area. Within easy reach you will find the sandy beaches of Saunton, Woolacombe and Croyde, whilst Illfracombe is home to delightful Victorian Houses and Exmoor National Park boasts a rugged natural landscape with wild ponies and deer to see. If you prefer not to drive then Barnstaple is a hub for buses and trains, so you will not be short of travelling options.

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General FAQs

  • Who are Golf South West?

    Founded in 2015, we are first and foremost the West Country golf travel specialists. We provide our clients with bespoke golf tours and stay & play golf packages for small groups and golf societies alike.

    We are both a domestic golf tour operator working directly for our clients and regional golf DMC who act as an agent for international outbound operators hoping to have their clients experience the beautiful West Country and it’s golfing delights!

    We work closely with our venues to ensure our customers receive the best value and service available for golf travel within the region.

    In 2023 we welcomed 2 new brands into the GSW family. Golf South East and Golf North West. Both offering the same expert service which our clients have come to expect from Golf South West, with experts in each respective region.

  • Which regions are covered by Golf South West?

    Golf South West is the West Country’s premier golf tour operator covering the regions of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Dorset, South Wales and Hampshire.

    We also work with selected, popular golf resorts across the UK including those under the management of Marriott, plus 4 time Ryder Cup host The Belfry, Celtic Manor and many more.

    If you are planning a golf break, we are the only call you need to make.

  • What is the best way to get in touch?

    We are available by phone 0117 256 5966 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm), WhatsApp, email, enquiry form or via social media channels.

  • Why choose Golf South West as your tour operator?

    GSW is run by golfers and endorsed by golf professionals across the South West of the UK.

    We are a fully insured, experienced and recommended golf tour operator, who are insured by an ABTOT bond, meaning your money is secure and safe.

    We offer tours to a largely exclusive and unrivalled selection of venues across the Southwest of England and Wales, including some courses which can be tricky to access.

    We are also proud members of Golf Tourism England and IAGTO, who only work with only the best and most reputable companies in the industry.

    You can rest assured that as a client of Golf South West you will not only receive the best service, advice and choice, but you will also find the best value golf breaks in available in the West Country.

  • Who are ABTOT?

    A name and logo you will very likely recognise if you have taken a holiday in the UK. ABTOT insure non-flight inclusive package travel.

    ABTOT is an approved body (approved by Department for Business and Trade) which oversees the bonding process to ensure that ABTOT Members financial protection are at an adequate level to meet their insolvency requirements in the event of their financial failure as defined by The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.

    In plain English, ABTOT work closely with their members to ensure that we as a tour operator are keeping your money (as our client) money is safe and secure in the event of any solvency issues.

    The rules for membership acceptance are stringent so you can rest assured that any tour operator displaying the ABTOT logo is a trusted company in their sector.

  • How do GSW keep money safe?

    We are extremely proud of the service we provide and a large part of this is ensuring our client’s money is safe. Our practices comply with the 2018 package travel directive meaning that your money is safe with both ourselves and the venues your choose to visit.

    Our bond is provided under our ABTOT membership. The ability to display this recognisable and trusted logo does not come easily and only the most trusted tour operators pass the application. We are proud to be members of ABTOT and by booking with an ABTOT member you can rest assured that you are dealing with the industries finest and most trusted tour companies.

  • What happens if we can’t go on our planned trip?

    Holding deposits are non-refundable, but they are transferable* to a new date or break. We aim to be as flexible as possible and will treat each situation on a case by case basis. Full deposits are non-refundable so please only commit and pay for those in the party who are definitely able to attend the trip.

     

    * Some venue restrictions apply. Terms vary depending on the venue and cancellation term booked. Phone GSW consultant can advise you of this.

  • Can we make changes to our break?

    Managing a group can be a thankless task and changes to the group leading up to your break are an accepted element. We make changes as stress free as possible (just see our reviews for evidence of this!). Changes can be made up to 6 weeks prior to your break. Some changes are unavoidable so for legitimate reasons we will endeavour to make last minute changes after this period, but as we would have paid our venues at this point, this would be at the discretion of the venue(s) you are visiting. Please note a £25 admin fee will be applied for changes inside 6 weeks.

  • Why book with a tour operator?

    Good question, could you not do this all yourself? The answer is yes you could. You are able to locate the ideal hotel with the accessibility you need to the clubs you plan to play. You could go back and forth with your target venues and line up the tee times.  You could also contact each venue individually to advise them of group number changes and requests during the build up to your trip.

    Alternatively you could;

    – Talk to us about the trip you are planning.

    – Receive quotes for perfectly crafted package meeting your ideal requirements.

    – Secure the booking with small deposits staged in a way to make your life easier as an organiser.

    – Have your funds fully insured and independently held by PTS, our client trust provider.

    – Have changes made to whole tours with just one call or email.

    – Receive exclusive extras such as free places.

    – Pay less with our packages than going direct to venues.

    Why can we do this?

    Quite simply we have spent years (since 2015) forging strong relationships with hotel, golf club and golf resort venues across the South West. We are the expert tour operator for the region and are know for our high quality and personal service to our clients (just see our Google and TrustPilot reviews).

  • Who uses Golf South West?

    The majority of our clients are UK based domestic travellers. We deal with groups of any size, from single travellers and couples, to large golf societies.

    We also are the favoured golf DMC for the South West of England and preferred regional partner of Golf Tourism England. We regularly work with tour operators from Europe, America and elsewhere to provide bespoke tour packages allowing overseas travellers to experience the beautiful West Country.

  • How are package prices displayed on our website?

    Prices on our our website are displayed in two ways. The first is on our Resort pages where pricing tables show the from prices for low, mid and high season golf stay and play package rates at golf resort venues.

    The second is on our example tour package pages. There are often 4 prices shown here, two for low season and two for high season. The struck through price typically shows the highest price the tour can be and is often active over weekends in that season. The offer price is typically a mid week price.

    Every tour quote we offer is bespoke and will vary based on a number of factors including the date, availability, group size, room type, time of day for the tee time, etc… Our package pricing is a guide to the cost of the package and is not a firm price. Please enquire for an exact cost.

    We aim to provide as accurate a price as possible and therefore try to avoid using shoulder/mid season pricing or twilight green fee rates when displaying rates. You may find an intermediate price for breaks in months of April & October at certain venues.

  • Why are golf resort prices the same as elsewhere?

    Put simply, all tour operators work from the same contracted rate card when it comes to stay and play golf resort packages. When it comes to golf tours, that is a different matter, but golf resorts are a level playing field.

    If you find a vastly different price, it’s likely you’ve been misquoted and usually this does come back to bite.

    The question this poses is why book a stay and play golf break with Golf South West if you can book direct or with one of the large operators and receive the same price?

    Benjamin Franklin once said “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after
    the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

    We have a small team so booking through us means you receive a personal service. You are more than just a number to us, we are a tour operator where you will likely get to deal with the same contact throughout the process, who will get to know you and your group and respond efficiently to your queries.

    We know our venues and the people who work there. This ensures a smooth process from initial enquiry to the end of your stay.

    Financially you have an extra layer of protection as your money is securely stored in an independent trust account and is fully insured when it is released to the venue(s) you are visiting.

    We are fortunate to have some exclusive “extras” with selected venues across the South West. We offer 1 in 16 free on most trips AND run an exclusive credit system to reward repeat bookers.

    We often feel we add further value to our clients when it comes to our bespoke golf tour packages, but you can rest assured that when making a stay and play golf resort booking, Golf South West will offer you an extremely high level of service, financial protection and may even offer you a saving or an exclusive extra!

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