We played East Devon as the 1st of 4 courses during a weekend to Devon (both Sauntons & RND were the others), and whilst there's a bit of distance between East Devon and the courses North of the county I'm glad we made the effort.
We arrived early and so enjoyed breakfast, in the sunshine, on the patio overlooking the 18th fairway and green. From the clubhouse you can see the undulations of the course and the 2nd green gives you an indication that your putting game better be up to scratch (mine wasn't).
We were welcomed on to the tee by the starter, who gave us some advice for the round ahead, and we opted to tee it up from the white tees.
East Devon isn't a long course, but it's one that you have to plot your way around, ensuring you approach each green from the correct side to avoid racking up a big score (a course guide is a must if you're visiting for the 1st time).
Some of the holes were tight, some uphill, some downhill but all of them offered a test of some sorts and all were a joy to play. The views from some parts of the course are fantastic (particularly the 16th tee), and are well worth a photo or two.
The course was in great condition and members and staff alike were very friendly and were keen to find out our thoughts once we were back in the clubhouse.
As an added bonus we were allowed to use our County Cards for a reduced green fee, which meant the value for money was outstanding for such a top course.
The other 3 in our party thought East Devon was the best course we played over the weekend, which is testament to how good it is, and we all agreed it should be higher in the rankings.
Date: July 10, 2019