Located in Poldark country (BBC Series based on the books by Winston Graham), on North Cornwall's dramatic Atlantic Coastline and overlooking Perran Bay, where sandy beach glistens and the aquamarine ocean sparkles. This natural links course, a James Braid design, features seven blind drives and numerous blind/semi-blind approach shots which makes for a challenging and round. Bring your A game as even the best golfers will be challenged to use every shot in the book. Probably one most underrated links courses in the South West of England but well worth the experience.
Across the Camel River from St Enodoc and over the majestic Trevose Head that juts into the Atlantic, Trevose Golf & Country Club offers a brilliant links that in 2008 staged the celebrated Brabazon Trophy and is hosting the inaugural European Legends Links Championship in 2019. Complete with holiday flats and bungalows, Trevose conjures a relaxed holiday atmosphere to go with its classic Harry Colt golf course. With only a gentle breeze the 6,863-yard Championship Course offers good scoring opportunities, particularly on some of the gentler inland holes, but the character of the course is transformed when the winds blows in from the sea.
Cornwall’s St. Enodoc Golf Club is another links once trodden, never forgotten. Founded in 1890 and designed by James Braid, it has a fantastic setting among the dunes overlooking the River Camel estuary and with far-reaching views over the Atlantic. The Church course, so called because of the Norman Church that was uncovered in the middle of the course, is renowned for its towering Himalaya bunker that entirely blocks golfers’ view of the 6th green from all but a slither of fairway. This is the tallest bunker in Europe. Over the past four years the course has benefited hugely from refurbishments, including laying of new greens and tees.
Further down the Devon coast is Saunton, set in the remote shadows of the giant sand dunes of Braunton Burrows. When the club was inaugurated in 1893 its clubhouse doubled up as the local post office, yet now its two championship courses, East and West, are among the greatest links in the world. England’s most successful post-war golfer, Nick Faldo, has said, "I've no doubt if the East Course were located on the coast of Lancashire or Kent it would have hosted an Open Championship by now," although the West course is an exceptional challenge in its own right and it is a mistake to consider it second best. It was here in 1997 that a 17-year-old Sergio Garcia won the British Boys Championship, just two years before making his Ryder Cup debut.