West Cornwall - Cornwall - England

West Cornwall Golf Club,
Church Lane,
St Ives,
TR26 3DZ,

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  • Gareth Evans

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“Golf was started at Lelant by a cleric, the Rev. R.F. Tyacke, who probably learned his golf at Westward Ho!” Wrote Henry Cotton in his guide to Golf in the British Isles. “He saw that there was some fine golfing country at Lelant and, aided by some local enthusiasts, he quickly got a nine-hole course constructed.” The Reverend’s activities happened way back in 1889 and therefore this makes West Cornwall Golf Club the oldest club in Cornwall.

This wonderfully natural course is set on the edge of St Ives Bay and its elevated location provides for some magical views across the bay to the Atlantic Ocean beyond. At 5,884 yards (par 69 for men), West Cornwall is certainly not a championship layout, but the club is certainly capable of nurturing champions. This is where “Long Jim” Barnes cut his golfing teeth, one of the few golfers to have clinched Open Championship victory on both sides of the pond.

As stated in Frank Pennink’s Choice of Golf Courses: “Lelant begins with a rather fierce short hole, with a road on the right, and it is well over a furlong – hinting that to break 70 is far from simple achievement. The next is one of the best – bending slightly right, with sandhills on that flank; the line is along the left, with the second shot to a raised green with a narrow entry.”

“Golfers will not easily tire of playing this course… even a tiger will not find it easy to achieve a record score here.” Henry Cotton’s words are absolutely true and at this point we'd only add that Lelant offers golfing fun with a capital “F”.

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Description: With panoramic views over St Ives Bay, West Cornwall Golf Club is a testing seaside course. Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 13
You can walk off this course feeling destroyed but you should still play it if not for the challenge but the views of the Atlantic breakers.Very friendly welcome from the assistant pro and either club captain or secretary couldn't work out which one it was. Pro shop is excellent, probably the best I have seen at a club of this size. Playing in 30 mph winds did not help and the holes are tightly packed in, plenty of blind drives makes this a track that is probably better for playing a few times. Very easy to rack up a double digit score on many of the holes, hit the ball in the rough and you're in big trouble. However that's links golf and if you're down in St Ives you should give it a go. Don't expect to play your normal game and bring plenty of balls!
May 30, 2011
8 / 10
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good fast greens.super views.plays harder than the yardage might suggest.
November 04, 2008
8 / 10
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June 30, 2010
Having been a member here, i cant disagree with this in any way. Good fun tricky links golf
December 29, 2010
West Cornwall is a lovely golf course. A true links experience with some really interesting holes. In the right conditions, if you can make a par down the par 3 first and get your tail wagging, there are birdie holes on two, three and four...but conversely it is also very easy to open with a bogey (or worse) and follow that on with a poor score on the second and your round is gone quite quickly if you are a low handicapper. The views are exceptional. The greens are always true. The clubhouse is lush. Well worth a visit.
Alex Sherratt
Keith as you have added it as a gem this is one of the courses I play most years so I will add a review. The course is not long but it does provide a great days holiday golf on greens that every time I have played have been good. The first is as tough as hole as you will find on the course let alone on any other course, as you move on you play around the church and into a funny little triangle area where the holes seem quite close, but soon you break away with a couple of holes close to the rail line. O/A good greens, good views and well worth a game if in the St Ives area :O)
February 16, 2006
6 / 10
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Mike May
September 10, 2012
Without a doubt, West Cornwall is the 'St. Andrews' of southwest England. I lived in the area from 1977 to 1981 and have played many, many rounds on this fine links course. I can't wait to return. It's a slice of golfing 'heaven' and that can play 'hell' with your golf game when the wind blows. If it was good enough for 'Long' Jim Barnes, it is certainly good enough for the rest of us!