A guide to the best golf courses in Cornwall
Cornwall may be commonly known for its beautiful beaches and coastal paths, but it’s also an exceptional destination for golfing. If you’re a sports fan, golf enthusiast, or you just want to try your hand at a new activity, then make sure you visit some of the most impressive golf courses in the UK whilst enjoying a caravan holiday in Cornwall. In this guide, we reveal the top golf courses in the county and what makes them stand out from the rest.
On a long stretch of the clifftop on the outskirts of St Austell, the Carlyon Bay Golf Course overlooks spectacular views of the Cornish coast. Even if you’re not an experienced golfer, it’s worth a game on this fairway, purely for the impressive scenery!
The team at Carlyon Bay tell us more about their golf course: “It’s truly a magical combination of manicured fairways, greens set and captivating scenery while providing an exhilarating golfing challenge. Located just a short walk from the luxury Carlyon Bay Hotel, the first 10 holes are played right along the cliffside and most of the course yields breathtaking views. A forgiving course, yet with challenging greens surrounded by strategically placed bunkers, offers a test for all abilities. The course is excellently maintained and playable throughout the year.”
If you’re enjoying a game of golf at Carlyon Bay, make sure you pop into their newly refurbished clubhouse to enjoy a light lunch, delicious evening meal or a post-game drink.
Bowood Park Golf
Situated in North Cornwall, Bowood Park is another golf course to add to your golfer’s bucket list. The beautiful parkland that encompasses the area makes a superb golf course for those of all golfing abilities. Max, the golf manager and administrator at Bowood Park tells us more: “Set in 230 acres of rolling hills and woodland, the front nine holes allow you the opportunity to build a score while the back nine holes offer a much sterner test for all levels of golfer.”
“We are situated on the fringes of the North Cornwall coastline. We are within touching distance of popular holiday destinations such as Tintagel, Padstow and Port Isaac. Whether Bowood Park is your destination for a mini-golf tour on our picturesque golf course or just using our facilities as a base for exploring the local area and experiencing the beautiful scenery Cornwall has to offer.”
Cape Cornwall Club
Located near the popular attraction Land’s End, Cape Cornwall Club is another golf course with wonderful sea views, which on a clear day, lets you see the Isles of Scilly. This course winds along the cliff and is suitable for beginners and those with the highest handicaps.
One of the club’s representatives tells us more: “Cape Cornwall is the first and last 18-hole course in Britain which makes it very special and a must to play. We have stunning scenery with sea views from each hole, the course is protected by many Cornish hedges (stone walls), and there are plenty of undulating fairways and challenging lies. A fine, well-stocked bar with great food awaits, as well as a state of the art gym, spa and brand new swimming pool complex.”
Looe Golf Club
If you’re looking for a golf course near Looe whilst enjoying your Cornwall holiday then you’re in luck, as you won’t have to travel very far. The Looe Golf Club unfolds panoramic views of the famous Looe Island, glimpses of the Tamar Estuary and wonderful views of the Cornish countryside. The course welcomes visitors of all as well as those who have an established handicap to enjoy a testing round of golf on the parkland, with 18-holes and 5,940 yards of greenery.
Launceston Golf Club
If you fancy a fun day out in the north of the county, then Launceston Golf Club is perfect. Club Secretary Alan Creber shared his thoughts on why Launceston is a rewarding place to play, including – as you would expect – the fine views on offer:
“Launceston Golf Club is a friendly members club located just north of Launceston off the road towards Bude. The course is a par 70 for men or 73 for ladies, measuring 6,093 yards from the men’s yellow tees and 5,682 for the ladies. This mature parkland course offers stunning views over the Cornwall and Devon countryside and particularly over Launceston town, the historic capital of Cornwall, with its Norman Castle. Visitors are welcome and we offer reasonable rates for green fees and social groups.”
Tehidy Park Golf Club
Another beautiful parkland course that boasts views of the Cornish countryside, Tehidy Park Golf Club is located inland from Portreath, a picturesque harbourside village. Ian Veale, the secretary of the golf club, tells us more: “This hidden gem is a stunning golf course with tree-lined fairways. Golfers, both members and visitors will experience views across the Cornish countryside while enjoying a great, fair test of golf.
“Look to your right as you enter the driveway and the first hole, you’ll see is the par-3, 7th hole. Only 136 yards long and innocent in appearance, it is one of the signature holes of the golf course. Comfortable underfoot and with only gentle slopes and inclines, Tehidy Park Golf Club is recognised as being perfect for golfers of all ages and abilities, and with being a parkland golf course this golf course stands out from the crowd with links dominating the Cornish golfing landscape. Tehidy Park also pops up frequently on the nation’s favourite, Poldark, which references the manor house on the Bassett Estate!”
St Enodoc Golf Club
Overlooking the stunning views of the River Camel, St Enodoc Golf Club is set amongst the sand dunes and has two courses for golfers of any handicap to enjoy.
Golf enthusiast David from his blog UK Golf Guide, recommends St Enodoc: “Not everyone thinks of Cornwall as an obvious golf destination, but the standard is very high. St Enodoc, just across the water from Padstow, is one of the most revered courses in England and the top 100 golf courses in the world. You will find a delightful undulating links course with both spectacular views and challenges on the course. Fans of golf course architecture will be in awe of some of the holes, but this is also fun golf. Compared to many other top courses this is actually very good value too. If you are a golfer and, in the area, it would be a crime not to tee it up here!”
St Enodoc’s general manager tells us more: “St Enodoc is currently ranked inside the World Top 100 Courses – is a spectacular James Braid designed links golf course with a view of the Atlantic from every tee and green. We have two golf courses at St Enodoc – The Church and the Holywell (Visitors need to book the Church, but the Holywell is turn up and play). Our golf courses are available all year round – only frost closes or limits play on the course. The location and scenery of St Enodoc is unrivalled, make sure to check out our website to enjoy a glimpse into what you can expect!”
We also spoke to Today’s Golfer, the UK’s golfing magazine, to find out more. Kevin Brown, the Courses Editor, tells us: “St Enodoc will blow you away for a number of reasons, not least because it’s a classic if somewhat quirky links layout with glorious Camel Estuary views across to the delightful harbour town of Padstow and beyond.”
“It may be in the deep south west of the country but many make a regular, if not annual, pilgrimage to Cornwall – the land of rugged dramatic clifftops, golden sandy beaches, pirates, pasties, surfers, cream teas… and a classy collection of seaside and inland golf courses.”
So, when you’re next on a holiday in Cornwall, stop by one of these spectacular golf courses to enjoy a game of golf.