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Golf Australia Express : February 2013
GROWING UP, my Irish grandmother would tell me I must go to church. Every week. Without fail. Of course, being a stubborn child of the early '80s, I never really took heed of her advice (read instruction). Yet childhood Sundays would surely have been drastically different for me if Granny’s place of worship involved the 18 glorious holes at the often overlooked Church course at St Enodoc Golf Club. Never heard of it? Then your golfing bucket list just got that little bit longer. Situated in Trebetherick on the northern coast of Cornwall in England, St Enodoc Golf Club was officially established in 1890, making it the owner of one of the world’s oldest sand belt courses. And while its story might be rich, you need not be a history buff to truly enjoy the beauty of this incredible links golf experience. The Church course—which stretches 6547 windswept yards—was originally designed by the great Scottish player and course architect James Braid in 1907, and it’s undoubtedly the pick of the two courses now on site. (The Holywell course—which was completed in 1982—is a shorter, more player-friendly layout). Despite having a few tummy-tucks along the way, the magnificent Church course today remains relatively true to Braid’s original design all those years ago. And what a spectacle it is. A true links course of the finest nature, the Church (as it’s now known) will have you thanking the lord such a place exists for golf lovers. Swathes of lush, green sandbelt fairways run alongside ancient farmland with panoramic views out to peaceful Daymer Bay on several holes here, making it easy to get lost in the wilderness of open space at St Enodoc. Synonymous with links layouts the world over, you’ll find superbly undulating fairways at the Church course that will keep you guessing the best route towards the green on almost every hole. Make no mistake—this is a challenging beauty. And although wind plays a factor in the difficulty of any links course, the Church layout is difficult enough on a calm day let alone a blowy one. So tricky, in fact, that the club only lets men with an official handicap of 24 or better, and women with IN 2009, ST ENODOC GOLF CLUB WAS RATED THE 55TH BEST COURSE OUTSIDE OF THE USA. TODAY, IT'S ARGUABLY BETTER THAN THAT. NOW SIT BACK, RELAX AND ALLOW US TO PREACH TO YOU THE VIRTUES OF THIS MAGNIFICENT LAYOUT. A challenging links test over ancient land awaits you. Welcome to St Enodoc Golf Club's Church course. DREAM the DREAM the