Trevose (Championship) - Cornwall - England

Trevose Golf & Country Club,
Constantine Bay,
Padstow,
Cornwall,
PL28 8JB,
England


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On the north Cornwall coast lies the olde worlde fishing village of Padstow and Rick Stein’s famous seafood restaurant. There’s plenty of action going on in this neck of the woods, including offshore shark fishing. And, there’s also plenty of excitement at Trevose Golf and Country Club, located a little further south, along the Atlantic coastline at Constantine Bay. With dramatic views across the golden sandy shore of Boobys Bay to the rugged coastline of Trevose Head, it’s sheer drama.

Founded in 1926, the great Harry Colt designed the Championship course at Trevose, and Sir Guy Campbell made minor revisions just before the Second World War. It’s an exhilarating windswept links where little else other than dune grasses survives in the bleakness.

Trevose is a stern test of golf, especially when the wind is up. There are four teeing areas to choose from, and the par 72 (73 for the ladies) links stretches out to a stern 7,172 yards from the back tees. The crumpled fairways are generous in width and the rough is kept short to keep up the speed of play and prevent too many lost balls.

Some regard Trevose as holiday golf, but the course is technically challenging and will test the very best golfers. The course record of 66 stands as a testament to its level of difficulty. Birdie opportunities are there for the taking on the three short par fives, but make the most of it because many of the par fours are aggressive and supremely challenging. Five of them stretch out over 400 yards.

The short holes are also memorable and exciting, especially the 3rd, measuring 166 yards and the 199-yard 11th, with its two-tiered plateau green. The photogenic par five 4th hole is renowned for its glorious greensite location, set hard against Boobys Bay, but many felt the hole failed to live up to its spectacular backdrop.

In 2016, as part of Mackenzie and Ebert’s masterplan, the 4th was overhauled with new tees, bunkers and a massive new undulating green. The club is clearly not content to rest on its laurels. Seven holes have already been extensively reworked. In 2018 work on the 14th, 15th and 16th completed, which included bunker modifications, extensive green surrounds work and the opening up of bare sand areas to rejuvenate habit and add interest to this trio of rather dull holes.

Some excellent facilities accompany the testing Championship course and there’s a very pleasant nine-hole course, designed by Peter Alliss, called the Headland. This shorter course is an nice warm-up ahead of Trevose's real Championship challenge.

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Description: With dramatic views across the golden sandy shore of Boobys Bay to the rugged coastline, Trevose Golf & Country Club is sheer drama. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 44
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James
This is very good, do not get me wrong, but has one defect IMHO. 15 really good holes (of which 3, 4 and 5 in their various ways are genius), but 13, 14 and 15 are just not as good, and stick out like a sore thumb.On the upside, brilliant, true, fast undulating greens in April after this winter, nice welcome, all the facilties anyone could want, and really pretty in places.
April 09, 2013
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

You'll find a very honest test of golf at Trevose with plenty of scope to shoot a decent score (weather permitting, of course) as fairways are generally wide and greens – with one or two exceptions like the wickedly undulating 7th – are sensibly contoured.

The left doglegged 4th is by far and away the star of the golfing show as its spectacularly positioned green sits yards from the breaking waves in Boobys Bay and the difficult, Trevose (Championship) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerslightly uphill 12th reminded me of the brilliant 14th at Portmarnock (praise indeed as it's an all-time favourite hole of mine).

There's a fine set of par threes (at 3, 8, 11 and 16) to be played here too, though the last of these is by far the weakest of the short holes.

It follows the least interesting part of the course at holes 13-15 (reflected in stroke index ratings of 15, 13 and 17) so I suppose it merely completes a comparatively dull stretch of holes.

Thankfully, the action picks up considerably over the final two holes at the water fronted 17th and uphill 18th, where the home green sits on the other side of a road that runs up to the clubhouse for a really tough finish.

A couple of final points: fill yer boots at the 11th tee halfway house (bacon butty and coffee highly recommended) if, like me, you've skipped breakfast before playing and look out for excellent value green fees that become cheaper as the afternoon progresses.

Trevose probably punches above its weight in the GB&I rankings but I'll guaranteed you'll enjoy it.

Jim McCann.

April 26, 2012
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
I had the pleasure of playing here in gale force winds, which added to the enjoyment for me, a real links challenge! The course opens up strongly especially into wind, what a tough 1st hole. For me the front 9 is much better than the back 9, the first 5 holes are excellent. The back 9 becomes a little bland between holes 13-16, it just seems open and not as special as the rest of the course. The par 5's are there for taking so make the most of them, as the par 4's are long and tough. The course was in super condition and is well worth a visit.
October 22, 2011
6 / 10
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Lee Abbey
This course seems to go higher up the rankings every year. Having played it on three other occasions I must say it does grow on me a little more each time I play it. There are a number of elevated Trevose (Championship) Gof Course - Photo by reviewergreens on the course which adds to the challenge and the condition of the course is usually high with the greens playing fast and true in April (even though there were signs of recent green work). This area of Cornwall is well served with good quality courses with St.Enodoc across the estuary being the closest rival. I’m not sure which I’d choose if I had to pick one. I think Trevose is more consistent across the 18 holes where as St Enodoc has some better holes but also a couple of poor ones around by the church. For what it’s worth the clubhouse at Trevose is also more welcoming and the changing rooms have been upgraded since my last visit and are now of really good quality. If you love the place that much you can also stay here in some excellent sc apartments. A definite 5 baller for me.
May 02, 2011
8 / 10
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Cédric
Arrived at Trevose on a beautiful sunny and warm evening, allowing tremedous views over the cliffs, to wake up the next morning in heavy fog which followed us for the first 12 holes. The views on 3-5 are wonderful and you finally get to see the real thing, not just the famous picture of the green of the par 5 4th. All holes are classic links holes, none is weak, but none truly outstanding either. A big local competition happened the day prior to our arrival, so we expected great greens. Well, they were quite slow (the humidity from the fog surely didn't help), and bumpy mainly because of hard spikes spots (are those still allowed??). The local accomodation is very good. A pity the starter wasn't in a good mood, as well as one rude lady member of the club. Would probably have been a 5 ball review if it wasn't for the fog but I'm afraid it was impossible to fully apreciate the start of the round for that reason. So I'll just have to return!
April 14, 2011
6 / 10
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Dr Shahab Hussain
Finally got round to writing this review after playing the course April 2010 whist on honeymoon!! Having lived in Truro for a year in 2005 I had always wanted to come here but never quite got chance. Think I payed £50 for a day ticket. Stunning views and immaculate greens and fairways abound. Front 9 definately the better and the sea hugging holes are the best. Only reason I gave a five not six is some of the holes are a bit flat and uninspiring the further inland one go's. Good beer and food in friendly club house. If it's dramtic beauty and risk/reward golf you want that Trevose takes some beating. Shab.
March 18, 2011
8 / 10
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Carl Statham
I was on tour here so stayed in the accommodation and use the facilities. So to start with it is a lovely little complex with a relaxed country club feel and very friendly staff. The food was also fantastic.The golf course is a great open links course built on a large tract of land with a wonderful selection of dunes and views. Off the whites and yellows it is pretty forgiving off the tee. They keep the rough mostly well back and rely on length and bunkers to protect the course. However you can tell they could make this coarse as tough as they wanted to. To their credit they just make it great fun to play. They famously lost their greens last year after an accidental poisoning incident and you can tell they are just getting them back as they were not as good as you would expect. Personally though I would go back any time. I also have a theory that if this had a train station near by they would use this as an open venue ..... not because it is some tough monster but because it has the space the viewing areas and the ability to make it anything they wanted. The other thing is I can't think of a really weak part to the coarse just a really good variety of holes just as you would imagine from any Colt course.
July 01, 2010
8 / 10
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John G. Holbrook
Had the pleasure to play this course 2 weeks ago. The fairways were generous, the course was in good conditon. Many of the holes were memorable especially on the from nine with the water in view. We arrived at 3pm and got a twlight rate of 40 pounds. This course compared to St. Enodoc and Saunton was quite a bit easier and not in the same class. I did enjoy and would got back again.
October 22, 2009
8 / 10
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Hamish Wilson
A great place to stay and play. The course is a links and runs in all directions so you play with/against/accross the wind which on a seaside course is important.With a 13 handicap off the non medal tees the course is very enjoyable and most greens in range although there are some tough holes such as 5 & 12. Off the back tees would be a different matter! This is links golf at its best and it deserves a much higher rating. The accommodation is good to excellent and the food extremely good. I was in a party of 8 and we dined out sometimes but the food was no better than Trevose. A throughly enjoyable experience.
October 22, 2009
10 / 10
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JAS964
Absolutely love this course and have played it several times. On my last visit 16/03/09 however the greens were in a really sorry state. I have memories of Trevose having perhaps the best Links greens I've played on, but oh no, not at the moment. To be fair that was reflected in the £25 green fee but all the same I do hope they recover before the summer. In general this is a lovely course, In benign conditions you really can fool yourself into thinking you can play good links golf.The lack of length on the par 5's and the short par 4's can create the impression that it's relatively easy... Have to say that is an impression that gets shot to pieces when the wind gets up but I suppose that's true of any links course.Of the holes, the 4th has the wow factor but if the wind is favourable, driver then 6 iron approach hardly makes it the most difficult par 5 in the world. The 5th, 12th & 18th would grace any challenging course. Also love the 10th, long par 4 with a magnificent contoured green.
March 23, 2009
8 / 10
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