Saunton Golf Club East Course

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  • Architects:
  • Consultant:
    • MacKenzie & Ebert
  • Holes of Merit:
    3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16
  • NCG Rank:
    41/100 in GB&I


Tom Doak feels the 5th and 13th are two of the toughest par 3's he has ever played.

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Sean Arble's tour of The East Course can be found here

Golf Course Review

The Saunton Golf Club East Course is one of two links golf courses in the North Devon coast opposite Royal North Devon GC at Westward Ho! The West Course lies in the dunes nearer the coast and borders the more inland East Course. Between the two, the more inland East Course of Fowler vintage is considered the superior of the two.

Saunton Golf Club East Course Architectural History

Saunton Golf Club came into being officially in May 1897. Originally a 9 hole course, it was extended to 12 holes by 1906 and finally to 18 holes in 1908. 4 holes were rearranged in 1912. During WW1, the course was reduced to 12 holes.

WW1 significantly affected the links and by 1919, only 12 holes were in play. At that point, Herbert Fowler was hired to return the course to its former glory. Holes 3 through 16 use the basis of Fowler's 1919 design.

With the advent of WW2, much of the Saunton Golf Club East Course was levelled for military purposes. It wasn't until 1952 that the East Course was again being played after a CK Cotton restoration. The reestablishment of the links followed Fowler's design. Holes 3-5 and 7-16 can be directly linked to Fowler's routing and design.

How Much Herbert Fowler is left?

Many think Saunton is a 36 hole mecca of Herbert Fowler designed links similar to The Berkshire and Walton Heath. This is decidedly not the case. The East Course is what could be termed a CK Cotton 'Fowler restoration'.

The course is highly regarded in any event with only Rye, Sandwich, Royal Lytham and St Enodoc rated higher among English links in Tom Doak's Confidential Guide.


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