6. St Enodoc
Location: wadebridge, cornwall, England
Designer: james braid (1891/1907)
What is the West country’s finest golf course? Burnham & Berrow, Saunton (East) and Perranporth can all present a justifiable claim, but for us the honours go St Enodoc. Playing over as eccentric and exaggerated piece of links golfing terrain as you’re likely to find anywhere on the planet, a round of golf at the James Braid-designed Church course is a full-scale assault on your senses.
Finding the words to articulately describe the Church’s character can be as daunting and frustrating a task as trying to hit some of its more cambered fairways in one of the seemingly ever-present crosswinds. The Church combines the eccentricity of Prestwick, the rugged simplicity of Royal St George’s and the imposing dunescape of, say, a Hillside or Royal Birkdale in one scintillating package. Gargantuan dunes covered in willowy sea grasses house roller coaster fairways that seemingly obey no rules. Here you have blind shots, plateau greens, rippled fairways, cavernous bunkers, incredible views over the Camel Estuary and many more surprises.
The club recently embarked on a renovation program that has seen the expansion of several tees, the reshaping of several fairways and a reworking of the club’s famous 10th hole, where scrubland has been removed and a stream widened to improve aesthetics.