There are no two holes alike at St Enodoc and some of the unusual features will keep you wondering what is coming next. The 2nd and 3rd holes are quite difficult par fours, well over 400 yards long, and rated index 5 and 2, respectively.
The 6th hole is a spectacular par four, primarily because of the hazard that is in play with the second shot. From the tee, the green is only just visible but playing the second shot, you are confronted by what is the largest bunker in the UK, ‘Himalaya,’ a huge sand dune with the face eroded away.
The 13th and 14th provide a good view of the old 11th century church and adjacent cemetery which are in the middle of the course. Looking back from the elevated 14th green, there is a magnificent view of the church, the previous four holes and the entrance of the heads looking out to the ocean.
The par five 16th is the closest to the water and one of the prettiest parts of the links. The 17th is a par three of 206 yards and requires an extremely accurate shot from the tee. The 18th is a suitable finishing hole. The fairway is particularly narrow and winds from right to left before the clubhouse.
St Enodoc is an absolute delight and is a must-play for any serious golfer. This is surely one of James Braid’s greatest creations outside of Scotland. Braid returned in 1922 and 1935 and, fortunately, very little has changed since.
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.
Date: May 16, 2015