20 reviews of St. Enodoc Golf Club
played here on 19/02/2014, before I arrived all my friends who had played this course had given it a glowing review and im glad to say i wasnt disapointed. considering the weather we have had the course was in magnificent condition, the greens especially were quick and true and just to my liking. The 10th hole is a true stroke index 1 and in my opinion the best hole on the golf course, some cracking views from many of the tee's and a real test of your golfing game. the staff were friendly and the food was great. i will be coming back thats for for sure, top 5 in the golf courses i have currently played
played here early september, 2 nd year running, was still as good as the 1st year, for it to be top quailty links theres a few things that need to improve, far to many public footpaths through course,so you end hitting towards people who have no idea about the game and how hard a golf ball is when it hits yer, also again found the members rather un welcoming,snooty could be word,they treat it as if its a murfield or a royal birkdale, were crap at golf but lets join cos its poshest club in area,when your paying near on three figures for a days golf, you expect abit more of a welcome, theres only 1 set of toilets and we all use the same 1s so get back to reality, was told david cameron played it 2weeks before us , and was promply told that mobiles are not to be used in clubhouse,when taking a call, the boys really enjoyed the course again, loads of good tough holes,1st 10holes theres not a weak hole,10th is a proper stroke1 hole,back 9 tends to be bit easier but then finishes really strong,couldnt fault grens nice and slick with a fair bit of movement,food in clubhouse very nice and of a good standard,tough course that you will require your a game to score well out the 8 of our best was 32, lowest handicap was 6 going up to 20
I had heard good reports from those that had played this course and so seized the opportunity to play in last week (Sept '10).
The course offers magnificent views of the Camel Estuary and the coast line beyond Padstow, but try as I might I couldn't get my head around the course layout.
Some excellent holes mixed up with the very strange - the bunker hole seemed ridiculous. The back 9 was plagued with holes that tend to be bland but help hold the course together.
I came away disappointed, I expected a lot more. Nothing to do with course condition (greens lush and quick) or off course treatment - which was outstanding. Just too many peculiar holes.
To understand what I mean - try playing St Enedoc then move up the coast to Burnham and Berrow; the latter being what I understand to be the more authentic links golf experience.
day 5 of tour 2 rounds on this great course,firstly im gonna pull this course down before i big it up, we played here last year and found the members very unwelcoming well it aint improved, there in some kind of time warp, an old boys club type my thinned flop shot that hit the flag pole on 18th certinally turned a few heads in clubhouse,got told 2weeks before david cameron had played here and even he was told to turn his phone off inthe clubhouse and rightly so,also to many public footpaths walking through the course dangerous in parts, good parts great layout,greens were fast true and tough,you will struggle to putt on better all year,fairways absolute pristine,not 1 weak hole on course front 9 is awesome, back 9 aint far behind the stroke 1 is a proper stroke 1, wouldnt get bored of playing it everyday,quailty course sometimes when you go to a course you have played before it can be not as good this was and even better,you no you have had a tussel when you have played st enodoc,our best score was 32 points
Played 36 holes here one day last May.
This was one of my favorites for the entire trip. The course really has everything - great views, classic links holes, dunes, blind shots, a historic church to play around, great variety. Its in a wonderful setting as it rolls out towards the estuary - lots of people taking nature walks. Be warned its a somewhat hilly course - several holes on the back nine play up a large hill. Those probably are the most "average holes" but still challenging with trouble on at least one side and huge greens at the top of the hills.
I really enjoyed the third and fourth, downhill sidehill par 4's - no dunes, more use of overall hill slopes to create some very good approach shots. Of course the MONSTER bunker on the 6th, where you need to hit a solid 2nd shot over it to a of course a blind green. The tee shot is challenge and important part of the holes - long and straight for a shorter iron is imperative. Somehow I hit it a foot away on my second round with an 8 iron - Memorable. Almost all the holes are good, not easy but playable. The 10th is probably the most intimidating, where the fairway is a but a sliver of grass at the bottom between two dunes. Play it with iron off the tee, long iron second with a bounce, and a par can be had as I was fortunate enough on my second round.
The clubhouse and surroundings are quite upscale and impressive - the members seemed friendly enough - they do check for handicap certificates which seemed strange as no others I have played actually did ask.
Overall - A must play - hope to have fortune to visit again some day.
final day of ryder cup in the morning, afternoon round was individ, i personally thought this course was a cracker expensive yes £85 WAS EXPENSIVE FOR 2 ROUNDS,but quailty is what you get, everyhole could be a signiture hole,if you can play around your handicap here your doing well our best score was 31pts wind was blowing abit,greens very good with alot of pace,best holes 2nd 3rd 4th,6th with massive bunker ,10th stroke 1 great hole,tough finish from 16 in, i would say its up there with the best links courses ive played including north berwick ,gullane 1 ,ganton ,southerness would i pay 85 pound to play again maYBE?? we all found course very tough but also very enjoyable, team fat rode away with ryder cup, in the afternoon mr agressive took the spoils with fat tiger 2nd on 28points ,pegleg found it tough going on 16 points, dan the yardage man was all to cock with his course planer he ended up in middle of the church at 1 point cos his yardages was wrong,charlie boy didnt play last 4 as he had run out of balls,great course with great features,members could be abit more welcoming,i did lose my rag with 1 who ushered his hand at me as if to say get a move on boy,stand back the the blue fuse has been lit,then after i said my bit he was nice pie,no need for it what he needs to remember is its mugs like as who paying 85 a day that kehis green fees down to 400 a year
The final day of Cornwall 2008 and, as always, the best was saved till last (at least in terms of conventional course rankings).
To me, this course comes across as somewhat schizophrenic: some good links holes but a fairly anodyne section after the turn (with the exception of the very tough 10th), that weaves its way around the Church and feels out of kilter with the rest of the layout. That may seem a tad harsh but then this is a course that is ranked in the top 50 in UK & Ireland, so it should be judged accordingly.
I think the 2nd could be the best hole on the course: a long par 4 usually into the wind with a blind tee shot and demanding approach but unfortunately I played it like a muppet so will assess further on my next visit. Also up there is the 5th, a lovely par 3 over a marsh area, and of course the infamous Himalayas hole mercifully its gargantuan bunker didnt claim any casualties amongst us.
Top marks to the Dark Destroyer who destroyed the back 9 in conditions that started ominously, progressively deteriorated, and ended up being absolutely filthy.
Congratulations also went to Young B for finally getting his first birdie of the week on the 1st even though that joy was shortlived as the Dark Destroyer made up an incredible 15 stableford points to relegate him to the wooden spoon position.
Returning to the clubhouse, as the wind howled and the rain lashed down, plans for a second round were unfortunately rapidly aborted. However, Young B was tickled by the overwhelmingly pleasant service of the young gentleman behind the bar and Jeeves again happily walked away with the weekly stableford title, although after more of a challenge than in 2007.
Next year, it's almost certain the destination will be a maiden voyage to the links of the Emerald Isle - so if you're around in early July, we may well see you there...
'Young P' (h/c 10)
This was the first time I'd played St Enodoc, and I have to say after 36 holes on a breezy, but bright day, I walked off wishing we were playing there all week.
The true test of greatness in a golf course I believe is the ability to walk off, remebering not just one or two nice holes, but an array of them, and this course meets that criteria fully. From the undulating 1st, the punishing long 2nd, the downhill dogleg tight 3rd, to the himalayas bunker on the 6th, and the hugely difficult par 4 10th all the way through to the long 18th, each has its memorable aspects. Only 1 or 2 slightly weaker holes, but they are more than made up for by the rest. Great course!
This course is a dream for anyone that has ever enjoyed picking up a golf club. I'd say that the best moment I had whilst playing the course six times in 3 days was on the fourth round, on a glorious still winter evening, as the light was fading. Pink sky was overhead and the dunes were soaking up the last of the low evening sun to give an almighty breathtaking experience. I can second the previous statements about the 10th, a shockingly difficult par 4. I was fortunate to get a 4 on the 16th but apart form that and a few pars dotted on the card, for most of my rounds this course tore my game apart. even with a slight wind factor and blind tee shots, the rough is something that you should never wish on anyone (apart from an opponent perhaps), as it is an absolute nightmare.
That said, I will be returning soon to this wonderland of Golf, rated 2nd best english course in the world recently by Golf World, and not surprisingly either.
If you play any course in the UK, i would struggle to choose between this, Kingsbarns and the Old Course, but i think i would choose S Enodoc most times due to the thrilling views more than anything else.
Our society has played the Holywell course for three years running & we are going again this year,we have thoroughly enjoyed the tests it throws at us. The course has always been in first class condition with excellent greens.If you have never played a links type course before this is ideal to cut your teeth on. The members are always polite & friendly. Enjoy.
A truly excellent course. I have played over 150 courses in the UK (incl some big names) and this is the best. Great variety of holes, some very narrow fairways which you'll not want to miss and lovely greens built into a settinge just made for a golf course.
You do however need to play it on a relatively still/bright day to appreciate the course and the scenery fully! Played it in a howling gale and found it punishing and quiet easy to lose your ball, then played it on a quieter day and found it fair, hugely enjoyable and a good score can be made.
St Enodoc is a James Braid masterpiece, up there with his very best.
If you are a fan of links golf you simply have to visit here, because the challenge that lies ahead will provide you with a truly memorable experience.
Cut through huge sand dunes and sweeping hills with danger around every corner every shot will tax you especially if the wind is up.
This course has a truly magical feel to it and the tranquility, scenery and challenge are just about as good as it gets.
One of those rare courses where you are already planning your return before you leave.
There's not really much else I can add to the rest of the glowing comments below. I had the fortune of staying with a St Enodoc member for the weekend and the Church Course became something of an obsession. I was supposed to be sailing and water-skiing but such is the magnetism of St Enodoc that I spent all weekend playing golf. The Church Course is every bit as hard as all the rest of the comments below suggest, but it is also every bit as magnificent a course. Being a fairly long-hitting 10 handicapper I was too complacent standing on that daunting 1st tee, and I paid the price for it. Over the weekend I carded a 96 first out (lost 6 balls as well) and then once I learnt to treat the course with respect I got that down to a respectable 82 (still 13-over) which I was pretty chuffed with. The comment that there is only 1 blind tee-shot leaves me baffled, did the guy not play the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 10th and 16th !!! I don't think I'm visually challenged and not being 10 feet tall I certainly couldn't see those greens from the tee! If you have your handicap certificate with you and you're in the beautiful surrounds of Rock, then go to St Enodoc, but beware, you'll find it very hard to drag yourself away.
I played the Holywell and Church courses here over a couple of days and really enjoyed both. The Holywell was good way to get the game in shape for the main challenge of the Church course. Church is an incredible challenge which will have you tearing your hair out at some points, but that makes your good holes so much more rewarding. Probabaly best to avoid on seriously windy days - I think Tiger would struggle to get round in par!
It's difficult to add to Nick Parkers impressions below. Played Church course on a calm June day, one of the most enjoyable days of golf I can remember. Excellent full English breakfast and very welcoming members. As Nick indicates, after the magnificant views of Padstow and the estuary at the easy(ier!) 9th, the 10th must be the toughest par 4 I've seen. Higher handicappers beware, the rough is thick and the fairways narrow but thankfully only one blind tee shot (7th). One theory on how to judge a course is to attempt to recall, a couple of days later, as many holes as you can. So varied and enjoyable is this course, I can remember every one in detail; you'd have to go a long way to find better.
I had the pleasure of playing this course a few years ago when a group of 8 of us visited Cornwall for a weeks golf.
To my regret I have never been. I must endeavour to resolve this soon. This course is simply a joy to play. Does it get much better ??
I played this course last week and my eyes are still wide open. From start to finish it is a battle and a wonder. How do you manage to keep a handicap here? What must it be like playing in the January medal? How on earth did people get round here with a mashie niblick and a feathery ball?
We played the first into the teeth of a gale and it summed up the whole course. Excellent fairways and greens (if you could find either) protected by inforgiving rough and sand. The second was pretty straight forward playing across the wind. The third very tricky and long, again into the wind with OOB on the right. The fourth has a fairway about 20 yards wide with water left and OOB right. Hard!. Five is a straight forward par three (apart from the wind) and then the "Himalayas". An eighty foot high mountain of sand that hides the green for your second shot (didn't go in it luckily). Seven, eight and nine are easier especially if the tee shot is okay. Then Ten. How appropriate that there is a grave yard next to the green. A high tee to a small fairway with a steep bank right and water all the way down the left. The long second shot over the corner is rewarded by an open green. Eleven and twelve look like normal holes! as does thirteen (watch the second shot up hill and down wind), fourteen (don't go over the back) and fifteen. Sixteen is a shortish par five(we played down wind) but the green is treacherous from the left. Seventeen had eveybody guessing. 200 yards down wind across a valley inspired our fourball to take between a three wood and a six iron. A good drive on eighteen is rewarded with a welcome view of the clubhouse that hasn't been seen for hours.
There is a handy practise ground (with range balls) behind the first tee. Be reminded that a handicap cert. is required. Your club with be called if you do not produce one.
Look forward to the next time!!!!
It is too bad this course is so far away from the
rest of the more visited tourist courses, or maybe
that is what is attractive about. If you like
Ballybunion and Cruden Bay, you will love this place. Every hole is distinct and memorable for a long time after your visit.
I have played this course six times over a five year period and it is one of the most enjoyable courses that you will ever play. A classic mixture of genuine links golf with several more 'hillside holes', it is the fantastic sand dunes that provide the thrill of playing this course.The first six and the final three holes are the best on the course and the views overlooking the par 5 sixteenth when the sun was setting late one night are the best I have ever seen on a golf course.
This fantastic golf course provides a real challenge to all types of golfers. With vereything from blind tee shots to shots into the side of a mountain. I played the course 4 times on 2 days over two years and it was a challenge every time. My best stableford score was 39 and boy was I pleased with that? \r\n The views are great when you arrive near the coast, but to get that far you have to survive some challenges including the enormous wall of sand around the 5th hole or so.\r\n If you visit Cornwall to play golf, don't miss this one.\r\n
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