Best Golf Courses in Devon

Golf of a great variety is on offer in Devon away from the star-studded venues


1 Thurlestone
Perfect holiday golf here, its 6,230 yards plotted on the cliffs running along the coastline of Bigbury Bay near Kingsbridge. 

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2 Woodbury Park
The club which former F1 world champion Nigel Mansell built has 27 holes with the Oaks Championship course a well-manicured parkland with rolling tree-lined fairways, stunning lakes and views towards Dartmoor.

3 Teignmouth
Laid out by Dr Alister MacKenzie in 1924, this moorland course sits 800ft above sea level and thus enjoys glorious views of the sea and moors. At alloted times, twoballs start on one nine and three and fourballs on the other.

4 Dartmouth (Championship)
Two fine courses here, with this West Region PGA host spanning 7,200 yards with streams and as many as 12 water features.

The 3rd hole at Dartmouth’s Chamionship course.

The 3rd hole at Dartmouth’s Chamionship course.

5 Yelverton 
Herbert Fowler designed this delightful moorland course and used the old mine works as natural hazards. Lovely views across the moors while Dartmoor ponies and cattle share the      undulating fairways.

6 Ilfracombe
There are stirring views of the sea from every tee of this spectacular course, which is perched on top of rugged cliffs in north Devon. It’s a robust walk, but worth expending your energy for.

7 Bigbury
Another clifftop course with exhilarating views and stiff sea breezes.  A holiday cottage (sleeping four) on site is popular. 

Bigbury Golf Club.

Bigbury Golf Club.

8 Warren
A links on the south Devon coast which is routed on a spit of land in the mouth of the Exe estuary. Located within the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve, it is noted for its true greens, and terrific climax.

9 Tavistock
Situated on the western slopes of the Dartmoor National Park, this expansive course was laid out in 1890. The fairways might be wide, but thick gorse and bracken, and clump of trees await to penalise. 

10 Ashbury Hotel (Kigbeare)
We just had to include Europe’s biggest golf resort; there are a staggering seven 18-hole courses here, all set in rolling countryside among wooded parkland. Society heaven.

To find out which Devon golf courses feature in our Top 100 Courses England, click here.



Nick Wright