Whilst the championship Church Course at St Enodoc enjoys a reputation as one of England’s top golf courses, the club’s second course, the lesser-known Holywell Course should not be overlooked.
Like the Church Course, The Holywell is a full 18 holes of links-style golf though over a shorter, less-demanding layout which allows for a round of ‘Express Links Golf’ that can be played in just over two hours.
If holidaying in the popular south west, a day out playing the Holywell is an enjoyable and reasonably-priced outdoor entertainment option that is user-friendly, flexible and a great introduction to the unique idiosyncrasies of seaside golf.
The 4,082 yard layout, made up of par 3s and par 4s only, means it is not overly long although it is certainly no pushover with its undulating fairways and fast-paced, target greens so typical of links golf. However the course is manageable for players of all abilities and ages and so ideally suited to groups of friends or families.
Members’ times over the course are limited so there’s generally no need to book in advance (though you may want to call ahead to check availability in the height of the summer) and at just £25 per head for 18 holes, it’s affordable and excellent value.
Moreover, unlike a great many golf courses, the Holywell is accessible to all and there is no need for any official handicap to play.
Prior to golf, golfers can warm up in the short game practice area, on the two putting greens or under the covered driving range with its six separate bays and afterwards can retire for refreshments in the clubhouse bar and restaurant or to informal terrace when the weather is fine.
Over the last couple of years, St Enodoc has invested a great deal of time and effort in upgrading the Holywell so visitors can expect excellent course conditions throughout the year. The club greens staff are now working on the hole specifications to ensure that they meet the same high standards as those on the main championship course.
Thanks to St Enodoc’s proximity to the sea, the course benefits from a temperate climate that promotes excellent growing conditions that contributes to the course conditioning throughout the year, but especially in the summer holiday season.
For more on the Holywell Course at St Enodoc, visit www.st-enodoc.co.uk
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