Perranporth - Cornwall - England

Perranporth Golf Club,
Budnic Hill,
Perranporth,
Cornwall,
TR6 0AB,
England


  • +44 (0) 1872 573701

  • David Mugford

  • James Braid

  • Derek Michell

Perranporth Golf Club is heading upwards in the Top 100 rankings. It's highly regarded by you and it's no surprise. Located in Poldark country, on North Cornwall's dramatic Atlantic coastline, this natural links course is sited on high ground, ensuring enchanting views across Perran Bay, where the sandy beach glistens and the aquamarine ocean sparkles.

In 1927, the great James Braid designed the Perranporth links and his layout has remained virtually unchanged ever since. J.Hamilton-Stutt (golf course consultant and architect) was impressed with Braid's Perranporth and he said that the course "is not only a rare and priceless heritage, but the inspiration on which all other golf courses ever built throughout the world are based".

If you don't like blind shots, steer clear of Perranporth. There are seven blind drives and numerous blind/semi-blind approach shots, causing a few challenges, especially when playing the links for the first time and when the ground is hard and fast. The Perranporth landscape is lunar, with a capital L. The holes wend their way relentlessly up and down the dunes. It's a tiring, fun and totally engaging experience.

The course measures a modest 6,252 yards from the back tees, with a par of 72. It is by no means long, but rest assured, Perranporth will challenge the very best golfers because every shot in the book will be required. If you suffer from a lack of balance, take your stabilisers; you will be presented with many varied sloping lies. A quick word about the greens - they are excellent, hard, undulating and fast. Many are sited on raised plateaux, calling for skilful approach shots.

Perranporth is a natural and honest golf course that you need to get to know to love. Play it more than once. It is probably the most underrated links course in the South West of England and should be taken alongside St Enodoc, Trevose and West Cornwall. The stunning views are worthy of the excellent value green fee alone. The welcome is warm and friendly too. What more can any serious golfer wish for?

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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: 5.1282051282051 out of 6 Reviews: 10

Wow, What a course! No boring holes, just one great hole following another. A solid, if not spectacular opening hole is the gateway to a course that surprised me continually. If you don’t like blind shots avoid this course. I love them because it means I am likely to be playing in rolling dunes. The whole course is set throughout the most interesting golf territory I have so far experienced. I thought Cruden bay was relentless with the dunes but this is more so.

The outward 9 gives more opportunity to hit driver off the tees as the inward 9 needs smart play off the tee to be in a position to attack the flag. This is impossible the first time you play this course. You take aim over the marker post and hope for the best. Often you think you have nailed it say 5 metres to either side of it only to find yourself halfway up a hillock in wispy stuff. It all makes sense once you look back on the hole.

Interestingly there are three long par 5s all well over 500 yards but no par 4s in the 400-500 yard range. They are all high 200s through to high 300s. To play this course a second time would have to result in 5+ less shots. Placement off the tee is essential. Such a pleasing course, I have no hesitation in giving this 6 balls, despite the last hole being the only average hole on the course. The road across the front of the green which you cannot see from the tee, and it being low 300s downhill, means there must be some close calls. To me it leaves North Berwick in the shade for quirkiness and has it comfortably over St Enodoc. Warren from Aust

6 / 6
Perranporth
August 06, 2018


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Richard Smith
August 06, 2018

Warren I’m glad you are enjoying your trip to Cornwall. This is a fantastic area with some extremely underrated courses such as Perranporth. I loved this course and would play it again in a moment. The comparisons to Cruden Bay and North Berwick are appropriate and justified for this wonderful layout. I hope you made it to Padstow to enjoy some of the fantastic restaurants there while you were in the area!

Warren
August 06, 2018

Richard, a mix of pub food and 3pound meal deals kept me going for my trip. I have eaten at Rick Steins in Mollymook, NSW south coast though so not far away.

If you like your links golf a little bit on the extreme side (I do) then you will love Perranporth. It not only has a ‘wow’ factor, it has several of them!

It’s crazy, it’s radical, it’s wild, it’s raw, it’s eccentric, it’s indulgent, it’s fun, it’s frenzied, it’s frantic, it’s quirky and it’s exhilarating. Above all else… it’s a truly amazing golfing experience.

However, for all its spirit of adventure please don’t think this isn’t a serious golf course for one moment though. The course embodies so many things that are good about links golf; strategy and options abound.

Not only is Perranporth bursting with life it is often a reflection of life. At times you may be in the lap of the gods after you have struck your ball; not everything you get is deserved and sometimes it works the other way round. But in many ways that is the essence of links golf, the essence of life also.

Playing here certainly makes you feel alive.

Perranporth may not be for everyone but if you don’t instantly love this course I feel you are yet to see the light. Memories of my first round here are ones that will stay with me for a lifetime.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

5 / 6
Perranporth
June 02, 2017


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Perranporth has been on my hit list for years as we holiday in north Cornwall a lot but I've mainly played either the Championship course at Trevose or the Hollywell Course at St Enodoc. On this trip I decided to travel down a bit further and I was royally rewarded. I had heard a lot of great things about this James Braid designed course - the views, the blind shots, the dune-like layout and wasn't disappointed. Unlike its posher, more famous neighbours, this is wilder, more of a thinking person's course. It doesn't have the glamour, but it makes up for it in spades - a classic and honest links course.

Teed off at 8.30 and was round, on my own in exactly 3 hours. It was a truly memorable experience in poor drizzle and misty conditions. After a relatively mundane 1st hole, the action gets going at the par 5 second hole with an uphill blind tee shot followed by a second blind shot towards the green. It's hard to pick out favourites - there are a few holes like the first that fade a little from memory but so many that I can picture because of where I went awry but also because of unusual features or quirks. But the layout is a mixture of holes that criss-cross the dunes utilising the natural hills and valleys as well as those that are a bit flatter. At the turn you are heading for higher ground and towards the sea more so wind plays a major factor. The course isn't that long so I'd advise putting away your driver and working on accuracy with a 3w or long iron off the tee. Many greens are raised so if you miss, you face a struggle to get up and down - there are lots of steep run offs and punitive rough everywhere. The fairways and greens were in superb condition after week of rain and the pro-shop, bar and members are all very friendly. Extremely good value and superb fun!

5 / 6
Perranporth
October 02, 2016


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A kind of paradise this. An unremarkable first hole and a half, but then once you get to your 3rd shot on the par 5 second, 3 and a half hours await traversing giant dunes on cliffs so high you feel you're on the edge of the world. it is stunning.

It is tremendous fun, with blind shots aplenty, and all sorts of quirkiness with holes just following the lie of the land, you really need to think your way round. Pure golf. If only the greens were in better nick, I'd give it a 6 ball.

5 / 6
Perranporth
May 05, 2016


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Played last week on a perfect late summer day with a stiff links breeze. First time for me and it was a lot of fun playing the course trying to guess which way each hole was going to go. I was never sure if cliff top courses can be true links but Perranporth is the proof that they can!All the above points regarding frequent markers and blind shots I found to be valid and very difficult to think of a hole that was not exceptional, perhaps 1 or 10 maybe but there are terrific par3's par 4's and par 5's here despite the age of the course. Perhaps the greens are a little slower than they could be but given the very exposed location that could make things unfair. A fantastic course and well worth continuing down the Atlantic Links stretch for.
5 / 6
Perranporth
October 01, 2015


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I recently filled in a great gap in my golfing resume by taking a trip to Devon and Cornwall to play the excellent links along the Atlantic coast. I will be providing a narrative of the entire trip for the site, but I wanted to share my thoughts on each of the excellent courses which I played.

Perranporth is a wild untamed linksPerranporth Golf Course - Photo by reviewer that provides stirring views and a tremendous amount of fun and exhilarating golf. This has to be the most stunning venues for a links course which I have ever played. From the downhill first through the massive rolling dunes throughout the property, you have the distinct feeling of being out of balance throughout the round. My wife and I played in a 15-20 mph wind which brought out the true characteristics of the course.

There are many excellent holes here and no bad ones. As a lover of classic links golf I reveled in the numerous blind shots and wild exotic bounces that my ball would take. It is all too easy to be distracted by the views along the Cornish coast and down to the town of Perranporth. Make no mistake, this is serious golf but a fun ride nonetheless. The three par 5's at 2, 5 and 11 are all excellent holes that require sold play to negotiate the twists and turns of the course and the excellent and sloping Perranporth Golf Course - Photo by reviewergreen complexes. The par 3 fourth is a tremendous challenge. The green has a high mound to the right and a sharp drop off to the left. The prudent play is probably to lay up to the flat area in front of the green and then pitch up.

On the back nine back to back blind tee shots were encountered at 12 and 13,which were directly into the wind, followed by two excellent par 4's at 14 and 15. The short downhill 18th recreates some of the feel of the first, but appropriate for a short hole the green has a severe slope in front and a similar drop off in the back. James Braid had a genius for working with hilly terrain as anyone who has played the King's and Queen's courses at Gleneagles as well as St. Enodoc can attest.

I truly loved this course and I can't wait to play it again. My wife is a relative beginner, and she struggled some with the dunes and hills, but she definitely enjoyed her day. A fun golf course with stunning views is a great combination and I would encourage others to visit and play this fine course. Click the link to read my Atlantic Coast Golf Links story. Richard Smith, Knoxville, Tennessee
5 / 6
Perranporth
June 03, 2015


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Let me say that I really enjoyed Perranporth but I’ve never seen so many marker posts on any other course I’ve ever played. This is an uncompromisingly natural and traditional links course where I doubt anything has changed at all since since James Braid pegged it out all those years ago. Bring a sense of humour and a strong pair of legs as the going is tough as you traverse the hilly duneland. Thankfully the course is lightly bunkered, as frankly it doesn’t need too many sand traps as the sloping lies make shot making hard enough. Thank goodness they keep the rough under control otherwise you’d need a bag full of balls as the contours kick the ball this way and that. This is an exciting course assuming you can keep your ball in play. If ever a forecaddie was needed it’s here at Perranporth. Did I mention the views? Wow they are simply jaw dropping. You’ll enjoy a drink after the round here… you’ll need it.
4 / 6
Perranporth
May 20, 2015


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Perranporth overlooks Perran Bay and is about midway between West Cornwall and Trevose. This is another James Braid design and you can bet that very little earth was moved, except for tees and greens. You will encounter plenty of hills and consequential blind shots.

A yardage of 6272 is quite respectable for a hilly course with the longest hole, the 561-yard 11th, appropriately named ‘Formidable’. You won’t have played any course with names as good as Perranporth’s first two holes – ‘Yn Nans’ (Downhill) and ‘Whym Wham’ (This way and That).

Spectacular views out to sea and across the sandy inlet abound from all parts of the course and a number of greens are alarmingly close to the cliffs and dunes running along the shore line. It is hard to concentrate on your putting when you look up from the 4th and 12th green, in particular.

Index 1 is the 14th (‘Braid’s Finest’) which is a super par four reminiscent of holes at Ballybunion or Lahinch. A dune protects the left of the green and anywhere right is straight down the cliff. When Perranporth dries out in the summer season, your ball control and short game will be fully tested.

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.
4 / 6
Perranporth
May 15, 2015


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Played Perranporth in the last week of December and was generally very impressed. This was the last of the major North Atlantic links courses left to play and it was difficult to find fault with it. The greens were quick and the hole layout generally quite interesting; in my opinion ranks right up there, probably just behind St Enodoc and possibly Saunton East.Be prepared for lots of blind tee-shots and the odd hole where you may wonder where on earth you're supposed to be aiming - my advice is to certainly buy a course guide before you leave the clubhouse! Some of the more interesting holes include a blind par 3 (I think the 4th), the par 5 2nd (aptly named "This way and that" and the closing hole, which requires a long blasting drive and an accurate iron.Well worth a visit and one of the better links courses I've played.
5 / 6
Perranporth
January 16, 2015


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Perranporth is a unique, engaging and fun place to play golf. The club is very friendly and on the course itself there is a real mix of holes played across unusual terrain.The stretch from the 2nd to 7th really stands out. Running over, around and through the most diverse dunes, you don't find too many normal shots on this part of the course. The 5th is particularly memorable, a rumbling and rippling par 5 over a big ridge and down to a steeply sloping green cut into an imposing dune. The start of the back nine is the only weak spell. Holes 11 - 13 become a bit monotonous but the pace picks up again shortly after.This is a place to forget about pro-forma golf. We played in about a 20-30mph wind and agreed to play only half-sets without range finders; which all added to the experience in my mind. This is the kind of course where you have to adapt to the situations you find yourself in and rely on good old fashioned feel. Not quite worthy of a five but I would rate it four and a half balls if I could.
4 / 6
Perranporth
January 05, 2014


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Raindog
January 06, 2014
11, 12, 13 monotonous(!)11 is as good as, if not better than Foxy. 12, 13 two of the best 300 yard par 4's you will ever find,and not one single bunker on all 3 holes. What more do you want.