Devon

Devon is the only county in England to have two separate coastlines. To the north there’s the largest sand dune system in England, numerous sandy surfing beaches and the highest and most rugged coastline in southern England where Exmoor tumbles down to the sea. The south coast is equally diverse with pebble and sandy beaches and red sandstone cliffs that are now part of England’s first natural World Heritage Site, known as The Jurassic Coast. Throw Dartmoor into the equation with a few Devon cream teas and you have a heavenly golfing destination.

The Devon County Golf Union was established way back in 1911 and now there are 47 affiliated clubs that play across 58 courses. Golf began in Devon in 1864 when the venerable Royal North Devon was laid out on the Northam Burrows at Westward Ho! Royal North Devon is the oldest golf course in England still playing along its original fairways and Westward Ho! is the only town in the British Isles to have an exclamation mark in its name.

Since those early beginnings, many fine golf course architects from the “Golden Age” have left their impressions on the Devon landscape. Herbert Fowler at Saunton, Yelverton and East Devon, Harry Colt at Thurlestone, John Abercromby at Bovey Castle and Alister MacKenzie at Teignmouth.

Female golfers in Devon founded the Devon County Club in 1900 and, in that inaugural year, a representative team played a home tie against Surrey and away matches in Kent and Surrey. Three years later, the fledgling county team won its first County Finals competition, beating Kent and Worcestershire at Sunningdale. The governing body changed its name to Devon County Ladies’ Golf Association in 1929 and its county teams and interclub competitions are still going strong today.

Our Devon Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Devon

Saunton (East)

1st Devon - Best in Area

If there is a need for another seaside Open Championship venue, then surely the East course at Saunton Golf Club is a worthy candidate.

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Description: If there is a need for another seaside Open Championship venue, then surely the East course at Saunton Golf Club is a worthy candidate. Rating: 5.4561403508772 out of 6

Royal North Devon

2nd Devon - Best in Area

Royal North Devon Golf Club, or should we say Westward Ho! This nostalgic and monumental links course fits firmly into the “must-play” category.

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Description: Royal North Devon Golf Club, or should we say Westward Ho! This nostalgic and monumental links course fits firmly into the “must-play” category. Rating: 4.5641025641026 out of 6

Saunton (West)

3rd Devon - Best in Area

The West is the second course at Saunton Golf Club and was originally laid out in the mid-1930s. It’s shorter than its older sister but, nonetheless, the West represents a challenge.

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Description: The West is the second course at Saunton Golf Club and was originally laid out in the mid-1930s. It’s shorter than its older sister but, nonetheless, the West represents a challenge. Rating: 4.92 out of 6

East Devon

4th Devon - Best in Area

East Devon Golf Club is absolutely enchanting, the course is laid out on high ground, 400 feet above the sea, close to the clifftops, where one can drink in the most spectacular views in golf.

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Description: East Devon Golf Club is absolutely enchanting, the course is laid out on high ground, 400 feet above the sea, close to the clifftops, where one can drink in the most spectacular views in golf. Rating: 4.625 out of 6

Bovey Castle

5th Devon - Best in Area

Bovey Castle golf course is set magically in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. It's an English treasure originally laid out by J.F. Abercromby.

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Description: Bovey Castle golf course is set magically in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. It's an English treasure originally laid out by J.F. Abercromby. Rating: 4.3076923076923 out of 6

Yelverton

6th Devon - Best in Area

Herbert Fowler used old mine workings in his design at Yelverton Golf Club. This is one of Devon’s best moorland golf courses with expansive views across Dartmoor and Cornwall.

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Description: Herbert Fowler used old mine workings in his design at Yelverton Golf Club. This is one of Devon’s best moorland golf courses with expansive views across Dartmoor and Cornwall. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Dartmouth (Championship)

7th Devon - Best in Area

Undoubtedly the Dartmouth Golf & Country Club's Championship course is tough, but also there is a great deal of excitement to be had here, even for the average golfer.

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Description: Undoubtedly the Dartmouth Golf & Country Club's Championship course is tough, but also there is a great deal of excitement to be had here, even for the average golfer. Rating: 4.4444444444444 out of 6

Thurlestone

8th Devon - Best in Area

Founded in 1897 and fashioned by Harry Colt, Thurlstone Golf Club is a glorious cliff top cum links-like course with stunning coastal views.

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Description: Founded in 1897 and fashioned by Harry Colt, Thurlstone Golf Club is a glorious cliff top cum links-like course with stunning coastal views. Rating: 4.2 out of 6

Teignmouth

9th Devon - Best in Area

Dr Alister MacKenzie laid out the course at Teignmouth Golf Club in the early 1920s and the greens bare his classical hallmark.

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Description: Dr Alister MacKenzie laid out the course at Teignmouth Golf Club in the early 1920s and the greens bare his classical hallmark. Rating: 4.6 out of 6

Exeter

10th Devon - Best in Area

Exeter Golf and Country Club boasts not only a grand Georgian clubhouse but also a 6,023-yard James Braid-designed course which was laid out in 1929.

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Description: Exeter Golf and Country Club boasts not only a grand Georgian clubhouse but also a 6,023-yard James Braid-designed course which was laid out in 1929. Rating: 4 out of 6