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: 8.3 out of 10 Reviews: 42
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Carl Tushingham
The main review sum's up the course perfectly for me. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I thought it was excellent. It's not long but it still plays very difficult due to the blind shots you will face and the raised or hidden greens which are surrounded by trouble. The greens are full of undulations and are very quick. I found the course in super condition, in particular the already mentioned greens. A course planner is a must, a buggy advisable and don't forget your camera for the stunning cliff top views.
October 22, 2011
8 / 10
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Robert Wilman
Played this course last week on a trip to Cornwall. One of the best golfing experiences I have had. Course was in fantastic condition and the greens were the best I have played. The course was very fair. Hit a good shot and you will be rewareded, hit a bad one and you will not. The views were incredible and are probably worth paying the green fee for. I would advise that you get a yardage book if you play it because it will help a lot!
July 12, 2011
8 / 10
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Nick Adams
Played Perranporth this week on a cornish tour. Rain to start turning into a drizzle, moderate wind, abit of sunshine then a strange mist descended on the course making it difficult to see 10 yards in front of you, difficult when you have never played there before! happily this did'nt last too long and we finished in warm sunshine.Perranporth is not long but that suited my group fine. a wonderful course in my opinion with a great variety of holes. Greens not that quick but a lot of rain had fallen there that week.Forget all the talk about blind holes and enjoy a wonderful golfing experience. Highly recommended but maybe would'nt suit very long hitters. Nick
August 12, 2010
10 / 10
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Rick
October 11, 2010
A wonderful location and 6 of us played there in windy conditions all mid to high handicappers for the first time. We found the course not much fun as our scores were very high and the wind was destructive. However, a few of us agreed that to play it again in more benign conditions with knowledge of the course might be an option worth exploring in the future.
freddy
November 07, 2010
This course definately suites long hitters as there are at least 5 drivable par 4's.It is also suitable for crazy golf lovers as a lot of holes have little walls around the greens which keep your ball in play.I'm not saying it's easy but if you can avoid the blades of the windmill and get your ball through the clowns mouth you should be ok.
Harry
October 05, 2012
Oh Freddy, Dear Freddy, go back to Little Mudheap and concentrate practicing your flat putts and your lob wedge recovery shots out of clover, leave the proper golf courses for proper golfers, I sincerely hope that one day you see the light. Come down for a week with 3 of your mates and spend all week in the caravan, best deal in all of golf, it really is and then you will understand 'The Spirit of St Andrews' good luck.
Allan Wright
I played this last Saturday afternoon - prime holiday time, but we played a four ball in just under 4 hours and didn't have to wait on a single shot. The wind was a steady one club, the sun was shining, the sea sparkling - in short, pretty close to perfect for a £42 green fee. I agree this is a "marmite" course, because it is very quirky, but I absolutely loved it. The terrain is reminiscent of Ballybunion or the back nine at Tralee - massive, endless dunes on the top of a cliff. Braid's design stands up remarkably well, and what's wrong with blind tee shots - Royal County Down has 7 of them and that's a world top 10 course. I am not saying that Perranporth is in that sort of league - but every single hole made me smile, and presented a distinct challenge on at least one shot. The short holes are top quality, the 11th is one of the best par 5s in the land, and I loved the 17th, with its challenging risk/reward drive and deceptively sloping green. If you are a golfer and you are down in Cornwall you just have to give it a go.
August 09, 2010
8 / 10
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Hugh
August 10, 2010
I think this review is spot on. Perranporth is a very good course but falls short of being a world-beater. Well worth playing as part of any Cornish trip.
Rob
This is an amazing golf course. You will not play anywhere else like this.Every hole is a potential birdie, or a potential 10. Every green has putts you will remember. Miss greens in the wrong place and you have no chance.You can play well and score 85. You can hit the ball averagely and shoot 70. Theres a lot of luck, but good golfers will have a great time. The greens are sometimes stupidly quick, and when it blows a 260yard par 4 is driver 8 iron for the long hitters. I saw someone hit a full 8 iron 60 yards. Dont go for a fun holiday knock, it will murder you. Go for a proper golf experience and you will have the time of your life, and will go back time and again
June 30, 2010
10 / 10
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Anthony Daniels
July 01, 2010
I agree. Perranporth is tremendous. Great fun yes, but also a proper golf course with lots of thought required.
Andy Uren
Joined this fantastic club for a great fee. Great course, nice people and smart clubhouse. The course is a great test for any golfer weather your playing for fun or in a comp. Very well presented tees, fairway's and excellent greens. In my opinion the, blind shot's, undulating fairway's and super fast green's, not to mention the ever changing wind conditions, make Perranporth a bit more challenging than the average course. Short par 4's ? So what !! What about the courses with the huge fairway's, and huge grees to aim for ? Easy !! If you want a challenge ? Play Perranporth's, tough course with superb view's.
April 17, 2010
10 / 10
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Anthony Daniels
It's easy to sum Perranporth up; it's like playing on the moon in the sun.....unless it's raining! If this floats your boat then read on for more. As many have said before, the terrain really is lunar. The changes in gradient throughout the entire course cannot be called undulations, slopes, hills or dunes. They are sodding great craters! And I for one, love it!! The welcome in the clubhouse was smashing, as was the breakfast, although the guy in the proshop when handing over the cash was a little distant, in polite terms, and rude, if not being so polite. The standout holes are 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 14 and 16. Before I played the course I was told it was "different". I was informed that the fun starts on the 2nd when you stand on the tee and see three marker posts and then have to decide which one to try to hit it over. My brother is obviously a simple chap; I chose to hit it over the marker that had the number 2 on top of it. Follow this simple numbers game when confronted with a blind tee shot and you can't go wrong. Although the greens were absolutely terrible (they had just been spiked and treated,) the course was tremendous fun. Therefore, I cannot wait to return for a three day society event in April when we take advantage of the caravan accommodation set within the course and the great value green fees. There are many words that can be used to describe this course. Eccentric, scenic, breathtaking, bonkers, short, challenging and delightful are some that immediately spring to mind. However, there is only one word that can be used to describe the type of player that will enjoy it - lunar-tic!
February 23, 2010
10 / 10
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Chris Johnson
On a sunny evening in August 09 I grabbed a twilight round here for almost no money. What a treat this course is - a great links with all its quirks and charm. And in great condition. I am staggered by some of the negative comments - why do todays golfers seem to want 7000 yards clearly laid out ahead of them so they can spend all day trying to hit 300 yard drives and then spend all evening talking about their 300 yard drives? Perranporth is simply a magnificent course, which requires accuracy, thought and great touch to score well. It's wonderfully rewarding to crack a straight tee shot over the top of a distant marker post, and then race ahead to see the next shot. And there are some of the finest views you can experience on any golf course anywhere. I cant wait to return.
January 12, 2010
10 / 10
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John
I too have been a member at Perranporth and I have really fond memories of my time there. It’s not the best course in the Southwest, but it’s one that my friends always enjoyed playing and one that I will always have a soft spot for. First of all, it’s one of the most natural courses in the Southwest, its routing is simple and follows the lie of the land. That means that there are number of blind shots that do not appeal to everyone. Nothing much has changed here since the course was laid out during the Golden Age of golf course architecture and as an avid student of golf course architecture I can tell you that Perranporth is well worth playing. Clearly everything is about opinions and my opinion is that Perranporth is a traditional and honest course with excellent topography (in a similar style to Pennard in Wales). The greens are first class (throughout the season) and it is actually a tough course on which to score. It is true that the course is not long and there are no par fours over 400 yards, but does that matter? In my experience, the course yielded very few low scores in the monthly medal rounds. Basically you have to place your tee shot in the “zone” in order to get a good approach to the greens – how many handicap golfers can regularly place their tee shot in the perfect position? There is no pretence that Perranporth is a championship course but for around £30 per round it does represent excellent value for money on a true and traditional old-fashioned links. I just wish there were more courses like this around the world. One reviewer below said that this is holiday golf… well it’s true, during the season Cornwall is blessed with holidaymakers, the area is beautiful and there are few lovelier golfing tracts in the world.
November 29, 2009
8 / 10
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Raindog
August 12, 2013
This review is spot on, if it wasn't so far away from me I would deffo join as a country member member, instead I have to make do with Burnham and Berrow, ah well, such is life.
ian hampton
Having been a member of Perranporth I feel I am in position to review the course. In my view it is extremely overated. Containing no par 4's over 400 yards it is easy meat for a low handicap golferwho have only a drive and a flick to get on the greens which are in the main unguarded by any hazards.It can however be very unfair to mid to high handicapers due to huge amount of blind shots that are needed from the tees. With long rough only just off the fairways many balls are lost from not particularly bad shots. I am giving a rating of 3 mainly due to the excellence of the greens which even in winter are fast and true.
November 24, 2009
4 / 10
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Raindog
August 12, 2013
Surely this is a joke review,no hazards (!) So 30 feet high dunes and 2 foot high marram grass don't count then. And how can it be low handicap friendly, it just means higher handicappers can reach most par 4's in two, would you prefer 475 yard par 4's, yeah they really give the higher handicapper an advantage. Just enjoy each golf course for what it is< the designer can only work with the land he has at his disposal.