Mullion Golf Club is set spectacularly on the cliff tops of the Lizard Peninsula in one of the most beautiful and most exposed locations in England. Originally founded in 1895, Mullion Golf Club came close to extinction on a number of occasions and, like the proverbial phoenix, the club managed to claw its way from the ashes.
William Sich was the driving force behind Mullion’s early years and he is also accredited with the course design. An exhibition match in 1966 featuring Peter Alliss, Dai Rees, Norman Sutton and Bernard Hunt celebrated the re-opening of the full 18-hole course and Mullion has never looked back.
“Mullion has been variously described as quaint, cute and short but sweet,” remarked Kevin Lee in The Golfers Guide to the West Country , “and it cannot be denied that this, the most southerly course on the mainland, is all of these. But to leave it at that is to do it a disservice, and such adjectives as intriguing, inviting, uplifting, cheeky, tricky and downright awkward in places also need to be applied to this out-of-the-way gem. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine from where it conjures up a membership of some 650 souls, situated as it is between Goonhilly Downs and Mounts Bay, some seven or eight miles south of Helston, itself hardly a metropolis…
There are some fascinating and enchanting holes, like the seventh and eighth to Gunwalloe Cove, where a slice at the latter will be gone on the tide; the scenic 10th, where your approach to the elevated green must carry a ravine separating it from the shoreline; and the 17th, where the tee has been described as the warmest spot in England.”