If you're an avid golfer you need to plan a trip to Cornwall - and fast. St Enodoc Golf Club is a hidden treasure with an elitist but friendly attitude. Just don't plan a trip here if you want a fun, light-hearted game of pitch and putt. This is for those who take the game seriously.
Set on the rugged coastline of North Cornwall overlooking the Camel estuary, the golf links of St Enodoc have always been highly regarded by the discerning golfers of Cornwall. More recently it has become widely know nationally and internationally as a course which provides some of the finest natural golf in the country.
I have played St Enodoc on 4 occasions now and have to say, there is something very special about the place. Upon venturing from the welcoming clubhouse or velvet-like putting green, past the extensively stocked pro shop and up on to the first tee I cannot help but tingle with excitement.
St Enodoc is by no means a long course – it measures 6547 yards (par 69 but with a SSS of 72) – but its skilful design dictates that it will not surrender easily to just a brash, powerful game. Nowhere is this more so the case than the 1st hole, a rolling 528 yard par 5 with a fairway of erratic folds and undulation. Your drive is really not threatened, and neither is your second. And that is when the real fun starts, for the green (below) is a natural plateau, curved at the edges and frustrating to hit no matter how short your third shot maybe.
St Enodoc is not a classic links layout. Its trees, streams and ponds and the commanding presence of Bray and Cassock hills coupled with the historic 13th century church located to the right of the 10th green (below), give St Enodoc a truly unique charm. These quirky features only help to create a quite wonderful and thoroughly memorable golfing experience.
The year round condition of the course is always sublime and quite frankly head and shoulders above all other courses in the area. The fairways are tightly cut and are so good, some courses would be happy to call them greens. The greens themselves are true and quick and a joy to putt on – be careful not to leave yourself a down hill putt as it will be a knee knocker!
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