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Point at Polzeath

Wadebridge, England
Wadebridge, England
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  • AddressCarruan Barns, St Minver, Wadebridge PL27 6QT, UK

Few golfers will have heard of The Point at Polzeath. It’s a new name on the golfing scene, which originally started out in life in the mid 1990s as Roserrow Golf & Country Club, designed by former Ryder Cupper turned broadcaster, Dave Feherty.

Located two miles to the north of Rock (home to St Enodoc Golf Club), The Point is set dramatically within 230 acres of undulating parkland where the views of the Pentire headland and the island of Newlands (an important seabird habitat) simply have to be savoured … especially from the clubhouse balcony with a drink in hand.

Roserrow failed dramatically during the recession and was acquired by husband and wife team Jeremy and Eva Davies in 2012. A new lease of life was quickly breathed into the facility. It was re-branded The Point at Polzeath and massive investment in new machinery, green staff and the involvement of Tim Lobb of design firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb ensued, completely turning the golf course around. The improvements are already significant but according to the owners, it’s still “work in progress”.

Architect Tim Lobb kindly provided us with the following comments: “We have been working with Jeremy and the team at The Point at Polzeath for a number of years now to help create a golf course that is fun and exciting to play. Some re bunkering and opening up of the fairways and sightlines have helped to make the course fun and enjoyable to play. This combined with improved maintenance practices has meant the course is back on people's radar to play and enjoy. Kudos to team Point.”

Make no mistake, The Point is a big property and despite the relatively modest yardage on the scorecard (6,274 yards from the tips), the overall feeling is that you are playing a much bigger course. There is no feeling of being hemmed in at The Point, which after a relatively quiet start really comes alive at the par five 6th where, after a good drive, you’ll be faced with an unusual dry stone wall that makes you stop and ponder how to play your second shot. Do you take the safe option or do you go for the green?

Undoubtedly the signature hole at The Point is the 386-yard stroke index 1 par four 14th. This hole makes you think very hard about a lot of things. If your swing is a little shaky the tee shot will cause uncontrollable knee knocking. This hole has been changed significantly under the new management, as it was previously suffocated by tree growth. However, despite now being more open this is still a hole to deeply respect with its pretty stream cutting diagonally from left to right for the tee shot and then continuing to meander down the right side for the entire length of the hole. A new stream was uncovered along the left side, and although there’s now more space, it is deservedly The Point’s toughest hole and also the prettiest. We suspect few golfers will mark a 4 on their scorecard after putting out on the 14th green.

Seven bespoke luxury apartments were opened in 2015 offering self-catering accommodation for families and golfers visiting the gorgeous north Cornwall coast. With a lovely restaurant, voted one of the “30 best places to eat fish and chips in Britain” by the Times in 2014, two tennis courts, a health club that boasts a state of the art gym, a new studio offering a wide range of fitness classes and a recently refurbished pool area with a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, The Point really does have it all. Oh, we mustn’t forget to mention... it’s a mere 20-minute walk across the golf course to the surf of Polzeath Beach.

Few golfers will have heard of The Point at Polzeath. It’s a new name on the golfing scene, which originally started out in life in the mid 1990s as Roserrow Golf & Country Club, designed by former Ryder Cupper turned broadcaster, Dave Feherty.

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