|The Warren Golf Club is set on narrow promontory which is also a National Nature Reserve. This is the only true links course on Devon’s south coast and it’s a natural beauty.|
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I have always been a big fan of The Warren - for me it's a very relaxed seaside links with some excellent views across the estuary. However my recent visit was to a place that appears to be in significant decline and left me wondering what the future holds for this great little course.First the good points: - £20 for a visitors green fee is good value in anyone's book.- the greens as always were in good condition and offered just enough give to get some stop on the ball. - Additionally, the weather was perfect and as such the views were superb.Now for the bad bits:- pro shop closed. Not great when you only have 3 balls in your bag on a course that has its fair share of gorse bushes. Luckily I hit it pretty straight.- bunkers in shocking condition - most of the ones I visited looked like a herd of elephants had been through them- fairways on the front nine in particular were in a very poor state. I know it's a links course and they should be nice and brown, they shouldn't however be full of rabbit scrapes, big cracks, scruffy grass and weeds. The back 9 in general was in much better condition.Overall, the place has the feel of club that is struggling, which is a real shame, because with a little TLC it could be a gem.I hope to return next year and be able to write a more positive review.
Thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Dawlish Warren; despite recent rain the course was very playable and the greens true, albeit a touch slow. As the other reviews indicate this is not a long course, but there are a few long par 4's, with the 9th into the wind at 462 yards and gorse all down the left a real tough hole. A tight course with lots of short par 4's, I thought the 2nd was an excellant hole, also the 4th, and really enjoyed tee shots at 6, 7, 12, 14 and 15; some of the tee shots are right on the estuary which just adds to the enjoyment. Biggest let down was the par 3's which were all fairly similar. Shared fairways just add to the novelty factor. A real fun course
4 / 6Warren - Dawlish
October 15, 2012
Really good as you have rightly highlighted albeit I would take issue with your view of the par 3's. The 3rd requires a mid iron to a really tight green, the 5th is a similar sort of the length, however the 8th is the thick end of 200 yards usually into the wind to a raised green which usually requires a fairway wood or rescue club. On the back 9 the 13th is usually a flick with a wedge and the 16th is a really demanding mid iron to a semi blind green with water lurking for a poor short. Overall, holiday golf a it's best with stunning views on a great day with bargain green fees to boot.
October 16, 2012
sorry Dave R it wasn't mean't to be a total criticism of the par 3's, more a reflection that I felt the par 4's were better; the par 3's certainly weren't easy and also on the day the 13th was into the wind and the 8th with the wind which sort of levelled them out. Anyway at least we agree the course is really enjoyable and I for one will be back next year for a visit. Also I forgot to mention how friendly the staff were. DB
Warren Golf Club is tucked away south of Exeter (near Dawlish) and is located on a sand spit which faces straight up the Exe Estuary. The setting is wonderful with panoramic views across the whole bay. Whilst the course is not overly long, it is made quite tight with the addition of gorse and heather naturally complementing its seaside surroundings. You would class this course as a links and it does play as such – I played this course in December and the greens were in fantastic condition, the variation in holes made this a wonderful experience – tight par 3s and short but testing par 4s to a couple of very long par4s and 5s many guarded with well maintained bunkers. The location alone for me makes this a gem, but the layout is a real joy and offers something quite unique to many other links and coastal courses. Would be confident that anyone would enjoy a round on this course! Ian
Not quite as bad IMO as the previous two posters suggest. It is tight in places but so are many golf courses from this era. The ground is pure links and the condition is usually pretty good with hard and fast playing surfaces. One of the prettiest locations for a little links course you will find in England and I think it's one of the West Country's hidden gems.
First of all a word about the setting… stunning. Secondly a word about the par three 8th… outstanding. Sadly, as a whole, the Warren doesn’t fit together very well. It is shoehorned into a parcel of land that is simply not big enough for an 18-hole course, 12 holes would sit here very comfortably but 18 holes make for scary golf when the course is busy (take your tin hat). The opening hole and the closing hole are very weird. The first drive cuts across the road and the corner of the car park while the closing holes plays to a green which should surely be used as the practice green. There are a handful of nice holes on the way out and a couple on the way back, but it’s all a bit too tight and hemmed in for my liking. Not James Braid’s finest hour.
I played here recently and this is the quirkiest course I’ve ever played. The location is both its greatest asset and was at the same time a big constraint on how much I enjoyed playing it. The outstandingly glorious spit of land it occupies is not quite big enough for a full 18 holes, so there have been by necessity some compromises made, firstly the course is relatively short at 5534 off the yellow tees, and there’s one shared fairway (the 1st /18th), the 10th and 11th were so close and narrow that they were in practice shared on the very busy day that I played. I also thought that some of the greens and tees boxes were too close together – especially around the tee box of the 8th - there was a significant risk of slightly wayward shots resulting in golfer’s drives on the par 3 8th landing on occupied tee boxes, I witnessed this three times on my round, which made for nervous driving!But far be it from me to criticise the great James Braid, as he succeeded in shoehorning 18 holes into land that would only have room for 12 holes if the course were designed these days.On the positive side, the course was enjoyable to play, the views over the estuary of the River Exe were fantastic, the course will punish any wayward shots into the impenetrable gorse and heather. The members were friendly and most hospitable, and I imagine that if the wind gets up the course is a completely different proposition and maybe then I would be grateful that it’s not a 7000 yard monster.I would imagine it gets very busy here in the summer, as the area looks like a popular English Riviera holiday destination.