As England’s southernmost county, it’s perhaps not too surprising that Cornwall’s climate is perfect for golf. Better still, the county is blessed with an enticing choice of golf courses, all in very different but equally beautiful settings and each one providing a true test of golfing skills, whatever the handicap.
Within an hour’s drive of CLC Trenython Manor, there are no fewer than 39 golf courses, most of which welcome visiting players. However, if you don’t want to travel too far to play, the resort is a mere 8 miles from St Austell GC, where the 18-hole, par-72 parkland course is set in lovely, rolling countryside, or there is also a ‘pay & play’ 9-hole course at St Austell Bay GC which, at 1,150 yards and with wonderful country and sea views, is challenging enough to test beginners and more experienced players with less time on holiday.
Up on the north coast near Rock, some 45 minutes drive away from the resort is the lovely St. Enodoc GC. With its two lovely coastal courses it is often voted among the top links courses in the UK, and players will enjoy testing their skills on the Church Course, or relaxing while playing the shorter, and possibly easier, Hollywell. Just a little closer is St. Kew GC which, although only a 9-hole track, actually has 18 different tees playing to the nine holes to offer players of every level an ideal golfing ‘fix’ while on holiday.
For spectacular Atlantic Ocean views – and winds to match – look no further than Trevose GC, where there is plenty of golf on offer including the 18-hole championship course and two 9-hole courses alongside, or for an acclaimed parkland course, visit Lanhydrock GC; eminently walkable while presenting a tough test over plenty of water, this is one not to be missed!
St. Mellion – a real golfing gem in Cornish
No serious golfer visiting Cornwall can possibly avoid taking time out to play at the stunning St. Mellion GC, near Saltash. Without any doubt, this is the finest course in Cornwall, and is always rated among England’s top five. Designed by Jack Nicklaus – and often described as his personal masterpiece – the Golden Bear himself once said, “I don’t think there is another course like it in the UK. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful course that belongs right up there with the very best.” Bearing all the hallmarks of Nicklaus’ own great talent as a player and course designer, St. Mellion – always presented in stunning condition – is a tough test laid out in typical US target golf style and set against a backdrop of the most amazing Cornish scenery. Play St. Mellion once and remember forever what some have called the ‘almost hallucinogenic’ effect of its sheer golfing majesty!