Cornwall

There are 33 golf clubs affiliated to the Cornwall Golf Union, which was founded in 1901. The oldest golf club in the county is West Cornwall at Lelant, dating back to 1889. St Enodoc, Newquay and Bude and North Cornwall were all inaugurated soon after.

The Cornwall Ladies' Golf Championship dates back to 1896, though we don’t know who organised the annual event up until the Ladies’ Cornwall Golf Union was established in 1912. A rival group called the Cornwall Ladies’ County Golf Association was formed in 1928 then, a couple of years later, the two organisations merged to form the Cornwall Ladies’ County Golf Association and this governing body continues to provide golf administration and development services to female golfers in Cornwall today.

Although there are relatively few golf courses on the Cornish peninsula, the quality of golf on offer is excellent. The glorious costal settings of many Cornwall courses coupled with fresh, local cuisine – popularised by Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Padstow – combine to make Cornwall a glorious golfing destination.

The best golf courses can be found strung out along the northern coast from Bude in the north to Lelant in the south. But for those wanting to play golf at the extremities of England, Cape Cornwall (England’s most westerly course) and Mullion (England’s most southerly course) will fit the bill. Cape Cornwall narrowly missed our biennial Cornish Best In County rankings but it’s a course that once played will never be forgotten.

Our Cornwall Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Cornwall

St Enodoc (Church)

1st Cornwall - Best in Area

St Enodoc Golf Club is certainly a quixotic and rather hilly links course, set amidst towering sand dunes clad with tufts of wild sea grasses.

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Description: St Enodoc Golf Club is certainly a quixotic and rather hilly links course, set amidst towering sand dunes clad with tufts of wild sea grasses. Rating: 5.25 out of 6

Trevose (Championship)

2nd Cornwall - Best in Area

With dramatic views across the golden sandy shore of Boobys Bay to the rugged coastline, Trevose Golf & Country Club is sheer drama.

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Description: With dramatic views across the golden sandy shore of Boobys Bay to the rugged coastline, Trevose Golf & Country Club is sheer drama. Rating: 4.7368421052632 out of 6

St Mellion (Nicklaus)

3rd Cornwall - Best in Area

St Mellion is located in the Tamar Valley, on what was once rolling farmland. Bodmin Moor is not too far away but you need look no further – the beast is the Nicklaus course.

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Description: St Mellion is located in the Tamar Valley, on what was once rolling farmland. Bodmin Moor is not too far away but you need look no further – the beast is the Nicklaus course. Rating: 4.9666666666667 out of 6

Perranporth

4th Cornwall - Best in Area

Perranporth Golf Club is probably the most underrated links course in the South West of England. The stunning views are worthy of the excellent value green fee alone.

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Description: Perranporth Golf Club is probably the most underrated links course in the South West of England. The stunning views are worthy of the excellent value green fee alone. Rating: 5.1052631578947 out of 6

West Cornwall

5th Cornwall - Best in Area

With panoramic views over St Ives Bay, West Cornwall Golf Club is a testing seaside course.

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Description: With panoramic views over St Ives Bay, West Cornwall Golf Club is a testing seaside course. Rating: 4.4545454545455 out of 6

Mullion

6th Cornwall - Best in Area

Mullion Golf Club is England's most southerly course and it's a beauty, set spectacularly on the cliffs of the Cornish Lizard Peninsula.

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Description: Mullion Golf Club is England's most southerly course and it's a beauty, set spectacularly on the cliffs of the Cornish Lizard Peninsula. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Newquay

7th Cornwall - Best in Area

With glorious views across the headland and the famous surfing beach of Fistral, Newquay Golf Club is an exciting golf course that plays in a links-like style with the added challenge of fickle sea breezes.

Bude & North Cornwall

8th Cornwall - Best in Area

Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club extends to just over 6,000 yards from the back markers but its modest overall length packs a punch late in the round...

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Description: Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club extends to just over 6,000 yards from the back markers but its modest overall length packs a punch late in the round... Rating: 3.8888888888889 out of 6

Bowood Park

9th Cornwall - Best in Area

The course at Bowood Park Golf Club is laid out within 230 acres of the 14th century hunting estate that belonged to Edward of Woodstock, Duke of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales...

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Description: The course at Bowood Park Golf Club is laid out within 230 acres of the 14th century hunting estate that belonged to Edward of Woodstock, Duke of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales... Rating: 4 out of 6

Lanhydrock

10th Cornwall - Best in Area

An attractive lie-of-the-land course, Lanhydrock Hotel & Golf Club is set in the heart of Cornwall on the southern fringes of Bodmin Moor. The 6,100-yard layout has a number of strategic short par fours on the card.