Although the course dates back to 1891, it was not until January 1949 the North Cornwall Club and the Bude Town Golf Club merged. Originally, North Cornwall was for the landed gentry and senior military personnel whilst Bude was very much an artisans club. World War II did much to break down social barriers and may have been a catalyst for the coming together of the two clubs.
The course has the unusual aspect of being bordered by the town, the sea and the countryside. A feature is the undulating fairways and a number of blind tee shots. It might be only 6057 yards long but, with so many out of bounds hazards, you won’t score well unless you drive the ball truly here. The greens are very good and are a change from the sometimes rather flat links greens.
The 3rd is a severe dogleg left that favours a gentle draw from the tee. The par three 4th is only 114 yards but there are six bunkers and out of bounds to be avoided. Five and six are similar length par fours, with the 6th being considerably more difficult. The drive is blind and the plateau green is narrow. The front nine ends with a very short par five that bends to the right.
The par three 10th is just 154 yards. Do not miss the green as there is a burn at front and right, bunkers left and out of bounds at the back. The 13th is an even more demanding par three. It is 201 yards in length and has out of bounds along the right. The 18th offers a little respite in that it is a short par five but you need to be conscious of out of bounds on the left of the dogleg.
This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every English course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
Date: May 16, 2015