The great and good of golf in Cornwall
Looking for stunning coastal fairways, challenging courses and indulgent golf hotels? Hit a hole-in-one with our guide to some of the finest golf courses in Cornwall.
St Enodoc near Padstow
Overlooking the Camel Estuary with Padstow on one side and the north Atlantic coast to the other, St Enodoc has a setting to rival its incredible form and unsurprisingly the golfing elite are quick to shower praise on this acclaimed course – it’s among Golf Digest’s top 100 greatest courses in the world no less! The terrain is undulating and the holes challenging thus favouring players with courage and accuracy.
Did you know? Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, had a house close to the 12th hole and his coffin was carried the length of the 10th hole in driving rain to his burial in the St Enodoc churchyard in 1984.
Trevose near Padstow
This Harry Colt designed Championship Course ranks as one of Britain’s top links golf courses and in keeping with most Colt designs is set out in two loops of 9 holes. Tee off to spectacular views over the north Cornish coast and get ready to test every club in your bag for a challenge awaits at each and every hole. The 9 hole Headland Course offers an alternative to the Championship Course with a challenging layout and fast greens. There’s also a Short Course ideal for beginners, juniors and accomplished golfers looking to refine their short game.
St Mellion near Saltash
Whatever your handicap you’ll be met with a gloriously rich and satisfying challenge at St Mellion’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Designed by the golfing legend himself, the course takes players across rolling terrain and immaculate greens with hole-after-hole meandering through picturesque valleys. St Mellion is also home to the Kernow Course which blends generous fairways and greens with exciting bunkers and water hazards. This is where the whole family can get involved too with a 5-hole short Par 3 course which is full of fun for first time players and pro-golfers in the making.
This elevated course offers spectacular countryside views over both Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor and majestically peers down over Lauceston’s historic town and castle. Play here and you will be treated to a challenging round of golf on a well established 6385 yard par 70 parkland course designed by Hamilton Stutt.
Budock Vean near Falmouth
Originally designed by five times Open Winner, James Braid, this challenging 9 hole/18 tee golf course is set in mature parkland on the slopes of the Helford River. And the fun doesn’t stop when the clubs are packed away; this is where the golfing experience extends way beyond your time on the course. Enjoy a golf inspired break in the four-star Budock Vean Hotel, stay in a self-catering cottage or keep an eye on play from your very own holiday home. Destination golf hotel of seriously special standards.
Trethorne near Launceston
This stay and play golf hotel excites and challenges golfers in equal measures. The 18 holes are set in a spectacular parkland setting with far reaching views of the rolling Cornish countryside and distant views of rural Cornwall. The golf course has been extended in length over the past few years, and now measures a challenging 6375 yards off the championship tees.
For golf with a view it doesn’t get much better than the West Cornwall course. Moulded around the natural contours of the Hayle Estuary and Porth Kidney Sands, St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse offer a memorable backdrop to almost every hole. And the course is just as impressive as the view with testing holes and fine conditions. Established in 1889 making it the oldest course in Cornwall.
The first and last 18 hole golf course in Britain, Cape Cornwall Golf Course is a must-do on the definitive golfing bucket list. Set on the cliff tops in far west Cornwall with stunning sea views and undulating fairways it is renowned for being as quirky as it is challenging.
Another west Cornwall hero course can be found in Mullion just a few miles from the most southerly point on the British mainland. The coastal course here is epitomised by amazing views and unique challenges – you’ll find yourself teeing off on a cliff edge on the 11th hole! – and the club prides itself on excellent year-round conditions.
Exciting and enthralling golfers from the 1st hole to the 18th is the course at Lanhydrock which lies in a sheltered wooded valley in Bodmin. With the clubs packed away retire to the 45-bedroom contemporary hotel and celebrate scoring a hole-in-one in the Nineteen Bistro and Bar which overlooks the course.
Combining a stunning 18 hole championship course with a luxury hotel, Carlyon Bay is perfect for golfers looking for a break where the golf is as world-class as the accommodation. Play to magnificent coastal views then relax with a blissful spa pamper or with a drink in hand in one of the many dining and lounge options.
A stunning 18-hole par 3 golf course situated on the spectacular north Cornwall coastline. With first class fairways and grade one greens, not to mention panoramic countryside and coastal views overlooking the delightful Holywell Bay beach, the course offers 18 short, but challenging par 3 holes. Also home to the largest pitch and putt course in the region – you’ll love the famous cliff-hanging 17th hole!
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