St Enodoc Golf Club

One of England's most understated links. Memorable and strategic, it is a world-class experience.

St Enodoc Golf Club

Cornwall, England

Overview

Himalaya bunker is the show stopper here - a forty-foot high dune demands to be hit over or around to access the green. Its a rule breaker and head scratcher but you cannot help but love the challenge posed.

The famous poet John Betjeman is buried in the churchyard. His poem, 'Seaside Golf' was penned after a birdie on the 13th.

Tom Doak recommends golf architecture students pay attention to the routing. See the video tab for more from Mr. Doak.


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Golf Course Review

St Enodoc Golf Club is a James Braid design that dates from 1890. With spectacular views over the Camel Estuary to Padstow and the Atlantic Ocean, this staple of the Top 100 lists is the anchor to any Cornwall golf getaway. The Church Course at St Enodoc Golf Club is one of the West Country's finest links and is counted by many to be among the very best in the world.

St Enodoc Golf Club History

Initially, golf was played around the church of St Enodoc and down to Daymer Bay in 1888. The following year, more holes were routed in the massive sand dunes to the south nearer Rock. In 1890, the St Enodoc Golf Club was formalised and established being played over a 27 hole course.

In 1907, James Braid arrived and found 18 holes. Essentially the 18 hole course was located where holes 1-9 and 16-18 now sit. In 1922, he revised his previous layout and added the present 8th, 11th, and 12th holes.

In 1930, Tom Simpson was called in and left us the current par 3, 5th hole. It is the only green that has rear bunkers. With the stream in front, this is no doubt paying homage to the strategic Eden at St Andrews. Tom Simpson revered the Old Course and would have known the strategic principle well.

In 1937, James Braid would return to reroute the land around the new clubhouse. The modern 1st, 17th, and 18th holes date to James Braid in 1937.

In essence, St Enodoc Golf Club is a James Braid links golf course of the highest caliber. The other bright spot is the par 3, 5th from Tom Simpson.

Architectural Highlights

The 6th is perhaps the most famous bunker after Pandy, Road, or Hell. The mountainous dune is aptly known as Himalaya and is purportedly the largest in Europe.

The 10th is another which divides opinion but one thing everyone does agree on is: it is difficult. At 450 yards, it is quite possibly the hardest yard for yard par 4 in golf. In all, St Enodoc is not a long course at just 6557 yards. However, a par of 69 does little to help comfort those totting up their scores at the end of a round.

Perceived Flaws

Most detractors will cite the run of holes from 12 to 14 as the club's weakest stretch. The holes themselves are not terrible but taken in context, just not as strong as the others. Perhaps it's safer to say they suffer because of the brilliance of the rest.  The run of holes from 11-14 on St Enodoc Golf Club are known as The Parish Holes.

Holywell Course

The relief nine hole golf course at St Enodoc Golf Club is called the Holywell. Beside the 12th hole is the remnants of St Enodoc's Holy Well where he supposedly baptised his converts. The course is maintained to a high standard and is worth a go after you've given the main course a go. The 16th is said to be the toughest hole of the 36 on the property, including those on the Church Course. Holes 5-12 are from 1982 with some of the remaining holes being from James Braid's original course. The course is made up of nine par 3's and 9 par 4's with a total yardage of just over 4000 yards.

St Enodoc Golf Club Reviews

Go deep with Evalu18's dive into the incredible 4th hole on the Church Course.

Read Golf Club Atlas' review of St Enodoc.

Take Sean Arble's tour of St Enodoc Golf Club.

Study Clyde Johnson's analysis of the 4th hole.

St Enodoc Golf Club Art & Photography

Buy St Enodoc GC artwork or purchase Kevin Murray's photography.

Ranked51/100in GB&I
Colourised portrait of James Braid.Evalu18

Featured Architect: James Braid

James Braid moved very little earth due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features are present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of the approach. Alternative tees are provided to allow play in all conditions. Bunkering...

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Cornwall, PL27 6LD, England

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Colourised portrait of James Braid.Evalu18

Featured Architect: James Braid

James Braid moved very little earth due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features are present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of the approach. Alternative tees are provided to allow play in all conditions. Bunkering...

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