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: 54
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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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Christo
One of a swing of very good courses along the North Cornish coast that can make a great little tour. Probably a better course than St Enodoc, although it doesn’t have the constant views, but not as good a challenge as Saunton. That said, playing the 4th and 5th right down by the beach at high tide, with the Atlantic breakers exploding on the rocks is a serious treat for the senses. Part of the joy of Trevose is that it’s got some great holes, but it doesn’t beat you into submission, and you’ve always got a chance at the next hole. The 5th, 7th, 12th and 17th are really top quality par fours. The par threes at 3, 8 and 11 are also delightful. The reason it isn’t a top championship course is that with three par 4s under 330 yards, and two of the par 5s easily reachable, it doesn’t have the defences against today’s equipment (as scoring at the 2008 Brabazon Trophy showed). But that’s what makes it interesting as you a can always get shots back, and it is accessible for most handicaps. All round it is in excellent condition. The greens are smooth as silk and testingly quick on a dry day, with subtle rather than killer slopes. The green surrounds are a bit fluffy so you can’t bump and run reliably. Although the rough is short, hit a provisional every time you are in as it is thick and knotted like wire wool. The greens hold long irons, even the elevated ones, which is a blessed relief. It’s also worth playing off the blue tees in summer as 6400 off the whites can play very short. It’s the sort of club that likes visitors and you can bring the non-golfing family to spend the day on the beach or around Padstow while you get a round in. Overall, a very enjoyable visit.
October 12, 2008
6 / 10
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Ivan
This is a very straight forward links, no blind shots and easy to navigate round. It is a course which you can score well, relatively wide fairways but the greens I found very difficult to read. Standing on the 18th T I had to birdie the last to play to single figures for the second time in my life. 440yards no chance but a good score all the same. As for the ranking I would say about right. Still avery enjoyable experience and good value at £60 for the round.
July 21, 2008
8 / 10
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harryd
A very good course, which i have played many a time, not a very difficult course, as one of the first times i played it, i was 14 better than handicap. Always in good condition, and always a good laugh, but nothing more than that
June 29, 2008
4 / 10
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Hugh
September 23, 2008
14 better than handicap around any course, especially Trevose suggests your handicap is rather too high. Suggest you take your sombrero off when you next play golf.
Nick
Played on 3rd April using Devn County Card so half price green fee. had heard lots about Trevose from fellow members at my Club, also a Harry Colt design course, Thurlestone in Devon. Due to traffic delays we arrived later than hoped for and very helpful staff rebooked a later start so we could get lunch. This was excellent and good value too. Drinks are reasonably priced. The clubhouse is very impressive and must be one of the nicest in the SW England. There must be a great view from lounge unfortunately it was very poor vis throughout our visit.Staff very friendly and a nice Pro Shop.When we went ou to play the visibility never got above 250 yrds ( and mostly less) until we had hit our second shots on the 18th so I cannot comment on the views. Luckily my son had played here before so we had some idea of line if not length as our Bushnell Laser was well fooled by the fog.The playing surface is great and the general preparation of the course is of a high order. The holes are testing but fair and I cannot wait to get back later in the year so I can see the whole layout. Colt's design is a great balance. This,IMHO, is far and away a better golf course than nearby St Enodoc. The bunkering is tremendous and seems to have recently been very thoughtfully redone. The rough is penal to a wayward shot but not ridiculously so, the only reason I lost a ball was due to not seeing it land because of the fog.The pace of play was excellent considering the conditions though I suspect it might be slow in Summer.The only thing that stops me giving this an Albatross rating was the fact that we were not advised that the greens were being topdressed. this was a pity as the contouring of the greens was a treat. Still managed to hole some good puts though.A must play.
April 02, 2008
8 / 10
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Jon White

Having played the Cornish courses both competitively and socially over a number of years, I am always pleasantly surprised at the constant improvements being made at Trevose. I can understand the comparisons with St Enodoc, and I agree that the views at St Enodoc are incredible. However, I would say there are times on Trevose when I couldn't think of anywhere else I would rather be. The course is in magnificent condition and improving all the time. It is a tough but fair test of golf, with both variety and consistency, and the hospitality offered is second to none. Rapidly becoming one of my very favourite links courses in the UK and Ireland.

February 18, 2008
8 / 10
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David Redwood
Played in December and was in immaculate condition. Was a little disappointed with the lack of sea views but was an excellent test if not as spectacular as St Enodoc across the estuary. In the process of being improved for the 2008 Brabazon with many new bunkers added.
January 03, 2007
6 / 10
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Ian Henley
Trevose benefits from a wonderful location on the North Cornwall coast. On arrival you are greeted with the most fantastic panorama of the course and rugged coastline beyond. The course is in wonderful condition with the greens fast and true. April is an excellent time to play the course as it is relatively quiet (compared to the peak summer season). The first few holes follow down to the beach and represent an excellent variety of par4's, par 3 and par 5. Putting out at the 5th is worthy ofa pause to soak up the atmosphere! I think the overall highlight is the range and mix of par 3 holes which all offer real satisfaction for a shot well played to the heart of the green. After finshing with a strong par 4 it is very welcoming to then retire to the clubhouse for a meal and enjoy the views across the bay.
April 24, 2006
8 / 10
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barry moulder
everytime i have played here the weather has been amazing with little sign of any wind, however it was still an excellent test of golf and was in tremendous condition, especially the greens. The start and end of the course certainly are the most interesting parts of the course, the mid section was ever so slightly humdrum. My only other gripe was our group being told to speed up on the 7th hole by the course marshall, and this was after we had played through a four ball in front of us. Everyone should enjoy this course.
April 01, 2006
8 / 10
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Rod Wiltshire
Often overlooked in favour of St Enodoc this course is as good as it gets and will soon be the top Cornish links course. Recently lengthened and in immaculate condition with fast, true and undulating greens it will shortly host more championship events. Influenced heavily by the srength and direction of the wind it is a constantly changing challenge that will send you home just wanting to return as soon as you are able. A golfing heaven
February 15, 2006
10 / 10
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