Views across St Enodoc golf course and church to the sea beyond
Views across St Enodoc golf course and church to the sea beyond

Cornwall - St Enodoc Golf Club

A hilly links course peppered with impressive sand dunes

St Enodoc Golf Club is certainly a quixotic and rather hilly links course, set amidst towering sand dunes clad with tufts of wild sea grasses.

St Enodoc Golf Club is located at the royal sailing town of Rock and the links course overlooks the Camel Estuary and the picturesque harbour of Padstow beyond. The Church course at St Enodoc takes its name from the tiny 13th century place of worship that stands to the right of the 10th green. In the middle of the 19th century, a fierce storm completely covered the church in sand and it was eventually extricated in 1863.

Although St Enodoc Golf Club was founded in 1891, it didn’t really become notable until James Braid redesigned the course in 1907.

The fairways undulate and ripple as if the sea had ebbed away only moments ago and the terrain is entirely natural. In places, the dunes are so pronounced that you can't help but feel humbled.

There are many great holes at St Enodoc, but the 6th is a real collector’s item. It's a hole of absolute uniqueness, a blind drive followed by a blind mid iron second shot which must carry your ball over a sand dune aptly named “The Himalayas”, which guards the hidden green and rises up an intimidating 75 feet. Make sure you get your club selection right and strike the ball cleanly!

There is a hint of moorland and an inland flavour to some of the holes, especially those surrounding the church, but it just provides variation. We could go on, but we wouldn’t want to spoil all the other surprises that are in store for you.