Cornwall, a piece of paradise in England
It is the extreme point in southwestern England: Cornwall. Almost 100 kilometers of rugged coast, all places great to drive to, a beautiful landscape, friendly people and forty golf clubs who will be happy to welcome you. What are you waiting for? Golfreiswijzer already visited four completely different courses in the north and south of Cornwall.
Carlyon Bay Hotel Spa & Golf
A hotel with an eventful history, that's what you might call the Carlon Bay Hotel in St Austell. As the first St Austell hotel, it opens its doors in 1925 as the chic St Austell Bay Hotel. Soon the hotel attracts, thanks to the beautiful location on the cliffs of Carlyon Bay, many celebrities including members of the royal family. In 1931 the original hotel was destroyed by fire and after the reconstruction it was used in the war years to take care of the children of two boys' schools. You immediately experience that this is a special place. The atmosphere of that time can certainly be found in various parts of the decor, but the mix with modern elements make this hotel a great base for the south of Cornwall. The hotel staff is friendly, young and international: drinks with greetings from the Ukraine, starters with a smile from Portugal, main course with a wink from Austria and the tasty dessert from Moldova.
Of course you can also play great golf at Carlyon Bay, part of the Brend Group since 1982, and that is also free as a hotel guest. There is a 9-hole pitch and putt course in the hotel garden and a beautiful 18-hole golf course is a 3-minute walk away. From the start at the clubhouse, the first eleven holes lead you through an open park course on the high cliffs and past an old copper mine. The course is not very difficult so you have more time to enjoy the view. Look back occasionally to see how beautiful the hotel is! Only with the par-4 ninth will you encounter the first real challenge and surprise. A strongly sloping fairway makes you think at your turn and with your approach you will have to deal with two greens: nasty little, on different levels and with the threat of an abyss at a miss. To prevent you from choosing a green yourself, they only put a flag on one of the greens. After the thirteenth hole you have to go to the other side of the line that splits this golf course. Holes 14 to 17 fall a bit out of the boat due to missing the sea view, but you can see the enormous practice space that the golf course has to offer in addition to the seventeenth. For the par-3 eighteenth you have to go under the track again.
Carlyon Bay Hotel Spa & Golf
St Austell, Cornwall
Perranporth Golf Club
From Carlyon Bay it is only a 40-minute drive to the Perranporth Golf Club. A leisurely drive through the beautiful, rolling English landscape, the vegetation near the destination increasingly resembling that of the dune area. Not so strange when you know that Perranporth Beach must be close to the golf course, but there is nothing to be seen from the road from a sea or golf course. Only as soon as you walk from the parking lot to the putting green next to the simple clubhouse do you fall back steeply from the view: strongly sloping fairways with the town of Perranporth in the background and a beautiful blue sea. The ideal-looking golf course appears to have been created by accident as a result of intensive mining in the early nineteenth century and by the burrowing seekers of remains of tin at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1926 it was decided to set up a golf club. The design of the golf course was first called upon by the respected local amateur golfer T. Knowles. Knowles explored the site and came up with a first idea. A little later, golf professional James Braid came to explore the terrain that had started designing golf courses after his competitive golf career. Braid was deeply impressed by Knowles' proposal and few changes have been made to Braid's final design to this day.
We are also impressed by the golf course that can be played every day due to its high location and perfect surface. You can see the beach and the sea in depth from almost every hole on this pure links course. The many blind strokes over hills are a bit scary, especially when you play here for the first time, but it is (to our surprise) not very busy in the course. When we ask about the normal green fee (we were invited), general manager Sue McDevitt really needs to think: "Eh, 40 pounds? But hardly anyone pays, because we always have offers! "
Forty pounds (around 46 euros) is really a pittance for a job like this, just like the food and drink prices. In the middenof the golf course there are also four lodges and six mobile homes where you can stay with your friends. There are offers for ‘stay, play & dine’ from £ 120 per person. We say: "Do it!"
Perranporth Golf Club
Budnic Hill, Perranporth
The Point at Polzeath Golf Club
Next stop: The Point at Polzeath. Perhaps the best base for the north side of Cornwall. The Jeremy and Eva Davies couple bought the site in 2012 that was once the basis of the Roserrow Golf & Country Club. The course had fallen into disrepair before the purchase but thanks to a lot of love, good insights and investments, the 18-hole golf course was refurbished step by step and especially the bunkers and greens are now class. But the vision of the Davies family went much further than just the golf course.
The Point has since been transformed into a delightful small-scale resort with ultramodern apartments, cottages, a large gym with rooms where Zumba, yoga, etc. is given, a swimming pool and tennis courts. Originally Norwegian Eva Davies came up with the designs and fresh design of the apartments that are built with local and Norwegian sustainable materials. No-nonsense hospitality and friendliness make a stay at The Point perfect for groups of golfers, but also for walkers and cyclists. If you come in the first week of August, this is the place to be: the Beer & Music Festival has been organized here since 2013 in collaboration with the St Austell Brewery. All proceeds go to charity.
he Point is just above the mouth of the Camel River. ("Camel" is Cornish for "tortuous"). On the flag of the golf club is the silhouette of Pentire Point, the distinctive rock formation with a viewpoint at Polzeath Beach that, as the crow flies, is perhaps just a mile from the golf course and is definitely worth a visit. At Polzeath Beach you end up in a completely different world, the world of surfers and foodies. Surf shops and schools are interspersed with hip restaurants and nice bars and the large beach on Hayle Bay is "the place to be" until sunset. You don't need a handicap to play golf at The Point, as long as you know the etiquette. Green fees are available from £ 25 for 18 holes.
The Point at Polzeath
St Minver, Wadebridge, Cornwall
St Enodoc Golf Club
You should always save the best for last. If you are sixth in the top 100 of the best golf courses in England in 2019, you as a golf enthusiast will understand that you are dealing with a fantastic golf course. No kid! As early as 1888, part of the current Church Course golf was played around the St Enodoc Chapel, parts of the architecture of which even date back to the 12th century. Here, in the shadow of Brea Hill and overlooking Daymer Bay, the first holes were laid. The golf club was officially established in 1891 and in 1907 James Braid signed for the 18-hole design that was regularly adjusted and improved by him and others in the following years. The old chapel, now a popular place for weddings, is partly sunk in the hills and is surrounded by the fairways from holes 10 to 14 of the Church Course. A special place to play golf, but also to walk. You shouldn't be surprised if people walk the golf course with their dog, but everyone seems to be happy with the etiquette and rules of golf. The Church Course is a real and spicy links course with considerable challenges, making the well-arranged course book an absolute must. The nicest subtle tip in that booklet is in the par-4 sixth with the famous Himalayan bunker on the right: "Some do try to drive over the dune, most never to be seen again". A round at the Church Course is a party, a drink between the friendly members of the golf club a pleasure, but then you can play another 18 extra holes on the fun par-63 Holywell Course of St Enodoc (not to be confused with 18 par-3 holes from Holywell Bay GC in Newquay) was physically a bit too much for us after the efforts at the Church Course.
At St Enodoc a handicap limit applies because of the job challenge: handicap 24 for men, handicap 28 for women. The green fee is not too bad for a golf course of this category. In the summer months it is £ 80, in the winter £ 50 and that for one of the best golf courses in England!
St Enodoc Golf Club
Rock, Wadebridge, Cornwall