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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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.
Mikxe
Played 28 links on a recent tour of the British Isles, and Perranporth was my least favorite. Some have a problem with the term “holiday golf,” but if “holiday golf” involves holidaymakers slicing shot after shot down the dunes into your fairway—and taking five hours to do it—then this is “holiday golf.” I get the appeal; I just didn’t get enough of it. I give it three balls instead of two only because they offered me a free round after I complained about the pace of play. Give it a miss and play St. Enodoc twice.
November 05, 2009
4 / 10
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matt
November 09, 2009
i think this is very harsh - admittedly not the best course in england but its certianly better than a three ball? was this your first time around this track? it takes half a dozen efforts to appreciate the lay out. i realise that a 5 hour round isnt going to help its cause but i would recommend you go back and try again for what will hopefully be a more enjoyable day out.
ian
November 28, 2009
Totally agree. Overated. The smugness of the membership really grates as they believe that it is a great course. I'm afraid they are mistaken.
Rob
June 30, 2010
Perranporth can destroy some people. Having played in 4 balls sent out in 7 minute intervals at St Enodoc that is no better. Having been a member, i was smug. I was paying £475 for a pure links. Still devastated I had to move
Dan Hare
I will give this a 6 ball review because it is a true clifftop links (in a dry spell you will smile at the Lunar description because after the simple first your jaw drops at the 2nd tee !), very friendly, great value, well kept and is criminally under-rated. Definitely get a stroke saver (otherwise you won't know which stick on which dune is the line from your tee box), take your sense of humour and bump and run everything you can. Wonderful, and I totally agree with the Trevose comparison down the page - true golf vs field with flags ; Perranporth every time. Enjoy with St Enodoc and Lelant and thank God that you are a golfer.
June 11, 2009
10 / 10
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Glyn Farrell
I make a point of playing here every year on annual holiday. When u first turn up u wonder how on earth there can even be a course out there amongst all those dunes! Very challenging, always in good condition, staff friendly, cheap beer! You will hit some monster drives, it's always windy and some outrageous clubs are required for some short shots. I had 3 blind shots on the par3 fourth hole one year!! Most of all it's great fun, the best course I've played! (Take the camera)
May 07, 2008
10 / 10
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Toby
An excellent weekend played on a great coarse, played Perranporth five times in a weekend and Trevose once and found Perranporth more of a challenge. Great deal at £99.00 for the weekend and unlimited golf. Shame John was there.
April 29, 2008
6 / 10
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David Redwood
Holiday golf. It is difficult to be more positive about this course but the blind nature of the majority of shots and the amount of luck involved prevent this from deserving more than an average review. Outstanding views and value (using a 2 fore 1 voucher) but is no comparison to it's more illustrious neighbours Trevose and St Enodoc. Came away feeling disappointed as I expected much more. Not James Braid's finest hour!
October 28, 2007
4 / 10
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Young P
January 25, 2008
Having played it a number of times, I can well understand that Perranporth is a 'Marmite course' – the chances are you'll either love it or hate it. But one thing it most certainly is not is "holiday golf". That pejorative term should be reserved for places like Thurlestone, where for large parts of the course it's nigh on impossible to lose a ball and one's score is pleasantly massaged as a result. How anyone could label Perranporth in such a way defies belief. In fact Perranporth is the absolute polar opposite. It's links golf on steroids: the anarchically bumpy fairways, rapid greens, serious elevation changes and - yes - numerous blind shots can quickly cause absolute havoc with your score. In short, Perranporth is a treasure of course design. If you're prepared to embrace the frustrations and challenge of our wonderful game magnified by a factor of 10, on what is arguably one of the most underrated courses in the country, then you will love it. If not, well now you know where you can go next time you're on holiday.... 'Young P'
jim
January 13, 2009
you're right about one thing! there's no comparison to trevose, which is just a big field with some flags stuck in it and one good hole down by the ocean which is the only photo they use of the course, as the rest of it could be confused with waste land.
Mashie Niblick
August 07, 2014
I do believe this probably was Braid's finest hour when it comes to course design, Perranporth is an enigma of a golf course and for pure pleasure on a regular basis you cannot beat it, and I mean even comparing it to all the Open courses, Birkdale, Hoylake fairways to flat, RSG very nice but over rated, Lytham closest you'll get to Perranporth. The only true comparable course is Pennard, (Braid again). These two, along with Westward Ho! must be the most natural courses on the planet, and all the better for it. These 3 courses are the only ones in England which possess the Spirit of St Andrews.
Hugh
August 07, 2014
Royal Lytham is completely different to Perranporth. Lytham is flat and Perranporth is a rollercoaster. In any case, I'm sure Pennard will be impressed to be thought of as English.
Ian
Played here during the golf week the course arranges at the end of August. Every day off the whites in competition, and it is so enjoyable. This is when you start to realise how well (or not) you are hitting the ball. Never having played links golf before I struggled at the start but quickly turned toenjoyable golf. When the wind gets up this becomes very difficult, never before have I had to hit 4 wood from 160 yards! Blind tee shots every where and superb par 3's. This is when you learn about quick greens!! I will be trying to play this every year! Proper golf!
October 12, 2007
10 / 10
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