Perranporth - Cornwall - England

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


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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: 8.2 out of 10 Reviews: 46
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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.

May 05, 2016
8 / 10
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Roland Teare
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.
October 01, 2015
8 / 10
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Richard Smith
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
June 03, 2015
8 / 10
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Niall
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.
May 20, 2015
6 / 10
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David Worley
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.
May 15, 2015
6 / 10
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Richard
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.
January 16, 2015
8 / 10
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Chris Butler
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.
January 05, 2014
6 / 10
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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.
James Lewis
I have just returned from my holiday in Cornwall and played Perranporth 6 times in a week. It was not my first visit to the course and it was easily as good as I remembered. A true test of golf with every hole offering a challenge (especially with the wind coming off the sea!). It is a must play for any golfer visiting the region, a proper links course with some fantastic views.
September 01, 2013
8 / 10
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Tony White
I've just come back from staying in the club's caravans and played the course everyday for a week and went out for an extra 9 every evening and could not imagine ever getting bored of this place. Deffo the best course in Cornwall and more fun and enjoyable than Saunton. Not to be missed.
July 31, 2013
10 / 10
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JAS
August 01, 2013
Much as I love it and love the fun of it from the sheer quirkyness of some of the holes to the friendly feel of the clubhouse...I have to disagree that it's the best course in Cornwall. That accolade goes unmistakably to St Enodoc. If you love Perranporth you'd love St Enodoc too, also a Braid design
JCBLAY
August 03, 2013
Just played the atlantic Links circuit of Burnham and Berrow, Royal North Devon, St Enodoc, Trevose and both courses at Saunton. All are different and have something uniquely joyous to offer. can't wait to play here too having read thes reviews. There is something magical about the SW North Coast Golf and I highly recommend a trip. Reviews of the others to follow this week!
Raindog
August 06, 2013
As much as we all love St Enodoc, no serious criticism could ever be leveled at it, but it does have a few rather pedestrian holes at the far end of the course. Where as Perranporth does not have one pedestrian hole, they all have a feature.
Alex mogg
Perranporth is a must. Have been playing for 20 years but this course is 100% unique. Sloping fairways, blind shots, raised greens, deep bunkers, large greens, huge contours.... This has it all and more...... Stunning views, amazing staff, excellent facilities. Did I me ting the 2 drivable par 4's to add to the equation (more semi blind shots!!)I love this place and will be heading back again and again. Three days in a row was not enough!Thanks perranporth for the unforgettable memories :)
May 17, 2013
10 / 10
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