St Enodoc (Church) - Cornwall - England

St Enodoc Golf Club,
Rock,
Wadebridge,
Cornwall,
PL27 6LD,
England


  • +44 (0) 1208 862200

  • Golf Club Website

  • 4 miles NW of Wadebridge

  • Contact in advance – handicap certificate required


Some Cornish people regard Cornwall not as a county of England, but a Celtic independent province. Not wishing to offend anybody we will simply say that Cornwall is a beautiful part of the British Isles, a place where the influence of the sea is everywhere.

The golf course at St Enodoc Golf Club is no exception. It’s located at the royal sailing town of Rock, the links overlooking the Camel Estuary and the picturesque harbour of Padstow beyond. The Church course at St Enodoc takes its name from the tiny 13th century place of worship that stands to the right of the 10th green. In the middle of the 19th century, a fierce storm completely covered the church in sand and it was eventually extricated in 1863.

Although St Enodoc Golf Club was founded in 1891, it didn’t really become notable until James Braid refashioned the course in 1907. In his 1910 book, The Golf Courses of the British Isles, Bernard Darwin wrote: “Cornwall has several pleasant courses… of these, St Enodoc is a course of wonderful natural possibilities and actual virtues as well.”

In the book James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses, authors John F. Moreton and Iain Cumming had this to say: “The course was altered in 1922 by another hand, the new 8th hole being added and construction of the 11th and 12th in place of the 11th, 12th and 13th. Later, Tom Simpson built a new 6th, which is the 5th on the modern course. Further work was necessary in 1935 because a new clubhouse had to be built to accommodate the increased number of golfers, due to motor cars. Braid was invited to construct a new 17th in place of the 18th and reversed the 1st to make a new 18th. The holes were then renumbered.”

St Enodoc is certainly a quixotic and rather hilly links course, set amidst towering sand dunes clad with tufts of wild sea grasses.

"Seaside Golf" by John Betjemen

How straight it flew, how long it flew,
It clear'd the rutty track
And soaring, disappeared from view
Beyond the bunker's back -
A glorious, sailing, bounding drive
That made me glad I was alive.

And down the fairway, far along
It glowed a lonely white;
I played an iron sure and strong
And clipp'd it out of sight,
And spite of grassy banks between
I knew I'd find it on the green.

And so I did. It lay content
Two paces from the pin;
A steady putt and then it went
Oh, most surely in.
The very turf rejoiced to see
That quite unprecedented three.

Ah! Seaweed smells from sandy caves
And thyme and mist in whiffs,
In-coming tide, Atlantic waves
Slapping the sunny cliffs,
Lark song and sea sounds in the air
And splendour, splendour everywhere.

The fairways undulate and ripple just as if the sea had ebbed only moments ago. We have to confess – this is one of our favourite links courses because the terrain is entirely natural. The dunes are so pronounced that you cannot help but feel humbled, the holes are varied and the experience stirs the soul.

There are many great holes here at St Enodoc, but the 6th is a bit of a collector’s item, a hole of absolute uniqueness, a blind drive followed by a blind mid iron second shot which must carry over a confrontational sand dune called “Himalayas”. This stands some 100 yards out, guarding the hidden green. Let’s be honest, this is an enormous dune, worthy of its name, rising up over 75 feet high. Make sure you get your club selection right and that you strike the ball cleanly! The 10th is also an unusual hole, apparently one of Peter Alliss’ favourites. The hole follows a natural ravine and requires a solid drive from an elevated tee across a valley to a pencil thin rippling fairway below.

If your ball happens to come to rest in the churchyard after a wayward shot, keep an eye out for John Betjeman’s headstone. The Poet Laureate lies buried amidst his favourite seaside course. After a rare birdie on the 13th, he penned his famous poem “Seaside Golf”.

There is a hint of moorland and an inland flavour to some of the holes, especially those surrounding the church, but this simply provides variation. We could go on, but alas we wouldn’t want to spoil all the other lovely surprises that are in store for you here at St Enodoc.

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Description: St Enodoc Golf Club is certainly a quixotic and rather hilly links course, set amidst towering sand dunes clad with tufts of wild sea grasses. Rating: 8.6 out of 10 Reviews: 74
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Sue
Whilst spending a couple of days celebrating a significant birthday in Cornwall we were advised that St Enodoc was not to be missed. We were not disappointed. On a fantastic autumn day the views of the Camel Estuary were superb, the course really was man against the natural terrain and was in great condition. This was a very memorable round that ranks amongst the most enjoyable we've played and not just in the UK.
October 13, 2007
10 / 10
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John Rawson
After hearing so much about the Church Course at St Enodoc - on a beautiful Autumn day with a light wind - I was not disappointed. Every hole left a memory and with stunning views out to sea I shall be back very soon. A challenge in any weather, shot making and plotting your way round this unique course was a shear delight. The course condition was very good and with greens fast and true, it doesn't get much better!
October 05, 2007
8 / 10
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michael frankel
a truly great heaving links - at least the front 9. while the back 9 is different, only the famous 10th, impossible to reach for a normal human, is disappointing. out of the way for sure but the charming adjacent St. Enodoc Hotel and the many wonderful local restaurants, make the journey worthwhile. a warm welcome offset the lack of caddies. may 2007
July 18, 2007
8 / 10
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David Redwood
For £50 this is about as good as it gets. Probably a bit too quirky to be considered truly great but there are many memorable holes and it is a very good test particularly in any sort of wind. A very friendly club in a lovely part of the world.
April 08, 2007
8 / 10
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Ted
Quite simply a wonderful experience to play this course. Have played it a number of times over the last 10 years and just gets better and better.The condition is excellent and the last four holes make up one of the best finishes in links golf. A must do if you have not played yet.
January 09, 2007
10 / 10
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John Perkins
St Enodoc proved to be the highlight of a four day tour that some friends and I took earlier this summer. The course feels special as you arrive and to have read up about its history helped to add that feeling. Each hole is different and the views are spectacular. A definite treat made better by watching a hollywood actor by the surname Grant duffing a four foot putt (it may have been longer but deserves this gloat as his penance for Mickey Blue Eyes).
August 23, 2006
10 / 10
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anthony wright
St Enodoc is a course that must be played.If yo can not enjoy the score you shoot, the views will make up for that. I can recall every hole a sign of a truly memorable golf course. Truly a privilege to have played this jewel. For those golfers visiting Cornwall this course must be included your itinerary
July 06, 2006
10 / 10
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David Redwood
A fantastic course. Amazing views from virtually every hole as well as an excellent test of golf (particularly in the wind). Make sure that you have plenty of balls with you!
June 01, 2006
8 / 10
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Rod Wiltshire
This must be one of the best courses ever. Played badly and loved every minute of it!Mostly links but the holes around the church are more heathland/agricultural. Great greens running at a good speed and of every shape and size. Good value for money and full of excitement with fairways that look like rippled waves. Must visit for every handicap player.
May 15, 2006
8 / 10
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erniekelvin
As partof a family holiday to Cornwall I allowed myself the luxury of a round at St Enodoc whilst staying in Padstow. A short ferry crossing to the village of Rock, followed by a short walk up the hill was only the start of a small but notable golfing journey. Having played Trevose just the day before and having posted a respectable 81, I was lulled into a confident state of mind. The following roller coaster of 'sporty' holes relieved me of my thoughts of having mastered this game. I blame the scenery for distractng me at almost every tee box, fairway and green. A very beautiful and memorable golf course, but not one I would reccomend playing against a member on if money was being wagered on the outcome. Take a moment to visit the church if possible, visit the grave of Betjeman, recite the famous poem and pray for a birdie or two, to restore your golfing soul.
March 29, 2006
8 / 10
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