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 a 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: 7.1 out of 10 Reviews: 53
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Niall
Trevose split the opinion of our group when we visited in April during a heat wave. There’s no doubt that this is a class course but compared to many of the other Cornish links courses it lacks the wow factor. The only sea views to be seen are shown in all the pictures of the 4th green which is set hard against the coast. There are no standout or signature holes, just one decent hole after another. Condition wise Trevose was almost as good at St Enodoc and it’s a much fairer course on which to score. However, it’s by no means a pushover and certainly gave my game a thorough examination. Drink the views from the clubhouse, they are exceptional, it’s just a pity you don’t get the vistas from the course. I think it’s a solid course but not quite in the same league as St Enodoc, even though St Enodoc has a couple of weak holes and Trevose does not.
May 19, 2015
8 / 10
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David Worley
From the very first hole, I was impressed with the lovely springy turf of the fairways and high quality of the greens. Although the par fives are all relatively short, there are a number of par fours that are well over 400 yards. The holes run in every possible direction so judging the constant wind can be difficult.

The 3rd and 4th are the only holes that actually run along the shoreline. Three is a good one-shotter of 173 yards over a thickly grassed valley and with one bunker on the right edge of the green. The par five 4th doglegs left, following the coast and runs down to a green near the water’s edge, overlooking Booby’s Bay.

The 5th, index 2, is a very difficult par four of 466 yards. The hole runs away from the sea and doglegs left around the boundary. The par three 8th, where you play over a burn, is only 156 yards but anything hit even slightly right of the green will finish down a steep bank and if you are left then there are three bunkers awaiting.

The par five 13th runs along the boundary so anything hooked is out of bounds. Two short par fours are then followed by the demanding last three holes. Sixteen is a very long par three of 229 yards. The par four 17th has a cluster of three bunkers on the right then a burn not far short of the green. The 18th will also test your ability to reach the green in two as it is 478 yards and uphill all the way.

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.
May 15, 2015
6 / 10
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David Baxter
Fairly undulating and open links course with panoramic views to the sea from the clubhouse, looking down over the course. No real stand out holes, although the fourth green is in a fantastic location adjacent the coastal path. No weak holes either and I thought the course comprised 18 good quality interesting holes and was a very fair test of golf. Bunkers excellant with some improvements being made to some holes, whilst the uphill par 4 finishing hole must be one of the toughest around. Although the greens were of good quality they were very slow (too slow) and this really was the only negative to the day; quicker greens and my rating would be a 5 ball. All-in-all a fine course, for me akin to Aberdovey. DB
November 02, 2014
6 / 10
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Harvey Ramsay

Played this mid October and the course was in unbelievably good shape - great coverage on the fairways, super slick (and true) greens and immaculately turned out. Great test of true links golf with some classic Colt attributes.Also they completely break the mould in terms of what you would expect from traditional 'golf clubs' with its super friendly, warm and happy atmosphere (and staff). We stayed in one of their 5* eco lodges which was epic, as was Julian lloyd's onsite restaurant (no wonder he was a Rick Stein prodigy!).Will definitely be back and would recommend anyone who hasn't visited to add it to their bucket list!

October 21, 2014
8 / 10
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moclarey
Played the course today. Very good staff, very welcoming. Course was not in good condition with the greens having recently been cored and sanded. Fairways marginal. All in all an interesting lay-out but agree with another reviewed who put it well down the list of links courses he has played. We thought it was over-priced at Pds.70 per person given the condition of the course.
August 29, 2014
4 / 10
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Chris

Played Trevose as part of a South West tour and have to say it was the highlight for all concerned. The setting is quite unbelievable and the course was in sensational condition - impeccable fairways and greens to rival any that I've played in across the world (and I've played my share of the top courses!).The Championship Course is a tough but very fair test. Like any links course the difficulty often lies with the strength of the wind and Trevose is no different. Come wind or shine, sun or snow there's not a weak hole on the course and you're guaranteed the complete links experience. With a vista like none other in the UK and a fantastically warm welcome we've already penned in our next visit...which can't come soon enough! So if it's not been on your list then it should be.

May 07, 2014
8 / 10
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Chris Butler
Having played the course quite a bit in my youth, I revisited Trevose in late September last year. While we all had a good day, I must admit to being a tad disappointed. The course and overall experience were not quite at the level I remember. The course remains a very true and fair test of golf. There is a strong set of Par 4s, of which the 5th, 12th, 17th and 18th stand out. All are tough but equally rewarding to play when you hit the right shots. On the downside, I was not taken with some odd, rough mounds that have recently been added in the middle of the fairway approaches of a few holes; 1, 6 and 16 are the ones I immediately remember. These seem out of place on a links course where wind is normally blowing and many holes need the option of a run-up shot. I was also alarmed by the shape of the new 13th green being built when we played. The severity of contours running away from approach shots looked too severe. Hopefully it was a reflection of the time in the build and I will be proven wrong on completion. In terms of the more general experience, we felt like the course's only priority was getting large numbers of golfers onto the course. This was reflected in the condition of the course with wear and tear obvious across the property after months of such heavy traffic and dry weather. Before my most recent round there, I classed Trevose as comparable to St Enodoc. In truth, there is such a difference between the two that such a comparison is unfair to both. Trevose has also dropped fractionally behind Perranporth in my view. Nonetheless, it is still an enjoyable day's golf and I would recommend it to anyone taking their clubs down to Cornwall.
January 02, 2014
6 / 10
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Michael Waugh-Bacchus
Played in glorious weather in late August which made the courses defences somewhat tame. A very natural links with most holes laid out in front of you, wide fairways and the rough cut back made it an extremely inviting challenge. Par 5's were all near enough reachable enabled a pleasing score to be constructed. Both par 3's coming home required well struck longer irons and the par 4's a nice mix of long and short. Much is made of holes 13 thru 16 being rather weak but I found them a respite from some of the uphill 400 yard + 4's which were all potentially card wreckers. Greens were of a consistent pace, dissapointingly there was no mention of the recent hollow tining when we made our original booking. Fairways were bare and divot laden but I am prepared to give the benefit of doubt to the green keepers due to the recent run of blistering weather. Overall a fair seaside track but not on a par with the likes of Deal, Brancaster or Saunton, 5 balls will suffice .
August 30, 2013
8 / 10
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James
This was the fourth leg on the North Atlantic Links Trail, just 30 minutes further on than St Enodoc. Arriving at Trevose is a joy, playing it is just as good. You are greeted by distant views to the towering rocky cliffs and shimmering sea crashing against them. Gently sloping down to the jagged shore before you is the full glory of the whole Harry Colt championship course. This is an elegant and cosmopolitan golf and country club where the whole family are welcome. They boast a broad range of first class facilities here and I urge you to check out the website for the excellent 21st century accommodation. We loved the restaurant and the Lodge we stayed in. First class, relaxed and contemporary. Trevose (Champsionhip) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerWe played the course from the tenth, the best way to play it I would say, as you play toward the shore then, and not away from it. The course we found to be in very good condition. Compared to RND, St Enodoc and Burnham and Berrow this presents, alongside the 36 holes at Saunton, a more recognisable, less eccentric and less intimidating prospect, which by then was quite a nice relief! It is a grand and robust course that is challenging and rewarding to play without being terrifying. The front nine is a fabulous Ride as the course unfolds in front of you and you complete the journey to the magnificent shore, where the Atlantic rollers crash on the rocks, throwing up a salty mist. Then the course turns back in land but the sight and sound of the sea is never far away. It is a championship course that is beguiling, enjoyable and beautifully designed. It is subtle and the nuances of the layout may contrast extremely well with the other courses you should play down here. The par 5’s are numerous and inviting, the par 3’s pretty and well guarded and the par 4’s offer plenty of variety. We loved it and would come back in an instant. I only hope we get the sunset we had on this day, whilst enjoying a well earned beer after 36 holes and then an excellent meal I might add. Of all the courses we played this is the one I would want to be a member at. Stunning. JCB LAY
August 07, 2013
8 / 10
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Geoff

This course makes you use every club in the bag, especially when the wind starts blowing. The 13th (par 5) is being redone and will be an incredible hole once the new green and tee complex is complete. Best course in Cornwall for sure (definitely #1 not #2) and a great test of links golf. The course is continually improving and always has new projects being completed. Big ups to the new Head Greenkeeper Jon Wood from St. Andrews, he's really making a difference here. .

July 18, 2013
8 / 10
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