Review for Trevose (Championship)

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I played Trevose on a bright windless late April day, with the firm dried out fairways and green surrounds it was like high summer except for the chilly temperature. Fair to say the course was at it’s most benign, even from the white tees and the rough had failed to show up a result

of the cold spring, pleased to shoot 6 below my handicap in such favourable conditions, very much doubt if the wind was up the result would have been the same.

Set in kind of bowl the land slopes gently down to the Atlantic, the holes flow up and down and across the incline, while there are no dramatic elevation changes there is plenty of movement, the first couple of holes work their way down to the sea and then slowly work their way back up to the clubhouse and then back down again coming back. With the still conditions its generous fairways were hard to miss, I imagine they need to be wide when it’s blowing. I was pleased to see they are not irrigated so delivered some fiery bounces and tight lies, iron shots needed to be struck cleanly, very satisfying sound when you clip a wedge shot off the turf in those conditions.

I had a good day so didn’t miss too many greens or find many bunkers, severe punishment awaits careless shots, balls will easily bounce off into the rough or find the cavernous greenside bunkers if you don’t find the putting surface. If your wayward here your short game will a through test. Although many of greens are undulating they rolled beautifully and a lot faster than they looked, once I’d got the pace I holed plenty.

Standout holes for me were the opening stretch down to sea including the superb par 5 4th (a great example of a short par 5), in fact all the par 5’s were great, the 15th especially good with OOB lining the left hand side and the green complex ready to dump anything left into the burn or worse. I think the introduction of the Sandy waste areas in between some holes is inspired and provides a contrast between the turf and sand, a classy addition.

Trevose is definitely a lot more than ‘holiday golf’, when more normal Cornish windy conditions are the norm it’s a tough track where beating your handicap will be a result. To me it doesn’t quite rank among the top class links tracks, lacks the drama of a Staunton, RCP or North Berwick but still an excellent course that is worthy of a visit any day.

Date: May 02, 2021

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