Golfing Retreats in Cornwall
Your Guide to Teeing Off Above The Beach
As the southernmost tip of the British mainland, Cornwall has proven itself to be a much sought after location for visitors travelling from both around the UK and abroad. Much of this can be attributed to the region’s welcoming reputation and fantastic spread of locally produced fine food and drink, which includes mouth-watering Cornish Pasties, famously popular clotted cream and a tempting selection of local breweries and distilleries.
Cornwall is also home to miles of unspoiled beaches and dramatic costal scenery, dotted by a swath of traditional towns and villages. These in turn house a treasure-trove of unique shops, bars and restaurants and are surrounded by acres of stunning countryside further inland. The combined richness of so much natural beauty makes Cornwall a truly remarkable vista to explore and an idyllic place to relax and unwind.
Although Cornwall’s reputation for picturesque natural beauty is certainly well-founded, its impressive and varied landscape also makes the region home to some excellent opportunities to dive into a wealth of sporting activities, including some fantastic surf, cycling and hiking. Furthermore, The Cornish countryside represents the perfect backdrop for a round of golf and the local area is home to several highly–regarded courses that make full use of all of the natural challenges and views that Cornwall has to offer.
Stunning St Mellion
The St Mellion International Resort for example, is home to two spectacular championship golf courses and has played host to the Benson & Hedges International on no less than six separate occasions. The St Mellion Nicklaus Course holds the distinction of being the first European course designed by the great Jack Nicklaus and continues to be regarded as one of the finest golfing venues across the continent. The course was officially opened in 1988 and is designed to offer a truly testing game with high tees providing great views of the fairways, water hazards and the ability to place the ball in the right position in order to score well. Following a highly successful opening, the St Mellion Nicklaus Course quickly developed a world-class reputation, leading Jack Nicklaus himself to comment:
“I knew it was going to be good, but not this good - it's everything I had hoped for and more... St Mellion is potentially the finest golf course in Europe.”
Originally opening in 1976 as The Old Course, the Kernow Course is today Mellion’s second course and has also established a premier reputation. It too has played host to several international tours and tournaments throughout its lifetime. St Mellion underwent an extensive redevelopment during 2008, which saw the Kernow Course enjoy a second wind as a highly popular course with both members and visitors alike, making it a wonderful accompaniment to the world-class Nicklaus Course. Kernow offers wide fairways and large greens that have earned it a loyal following, culminating in its inclusion within the Top 5 ‘2nd Courses’ in the UK’s best 36-hole golf courses.
Golf on the Cape
Indeed, Cornwall is no stranger to stunning scenery and accolades, which is perfectly illustrated by the fact that it is home to England’s one and only Cape. A cape is a headland where two oceans or channels meet and in the case of Cape Cornwall, it is the meeting place of the English Channel and St George’s Channel respectively. Cape Cornwall is also the scene of some truly inspiring and rugged landscape and the home of another of Cornwall’s finest golf and leisure clubs - Cape Cornwall Golf & Leisure.
The Cape Cornwall Golf Course is certainly one that should be on every golfer’s itinerary, owing to its favourable location outside Penzance, Cornwall and its reputation as the ‘1st and last 18-hole golf course in Britain.’ The course itself was designed by the professional golfer Bob Hamilton, who also designed courses in Scotland and Singapore. The Cape is steeped in history, with evidence of stunning Bronze Age settlements and old mining works which are easily visible, creating some challenging natural hazards all around the course. The result is an impressive 70 par golf course that is 5680 yards long and has 18 holes to play, which are sure to challenge both club golfers and low-handicap players as well.
These courses are only an example of some of the fantastic golfing opportunities that Cornwall has to offer. Our guide to West Cornwall’s golf courses contains even more information on St Mellion and the Cape, as well as other venues that offer a truly satisfying game to golfers at all levels. If you are looking for further advice on facilities in the local area or on how to book a suitable accommodation for your golfing excursion, our Porthleven-based team is on hand to answer your questions and take all of the hassle out of booking – leaving you to get on and practice your game.