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Golf Courses

Carlyon Bay
Royal North Devon
Saunton East and West
St Enedoc - Church and Holywell
West Cornwall

Excursions

Bideford and surrounds
Clovelly and Hartland Abbey
Fowey and Mevagissey
Padstow
St Ives and the Tate
The Eden Project

Royal North Devon

Region: Devon
Opened: 1864
Type: Links
Designer: Old Tom Morris

Distances (meters/yards/par):
Championship 5990 / 6551 / 71
Men 5758 / 6297 / 72
Ladies 5137 / 5618 / 73

Royal North Devon, often known as Westward Ho! is the oldest links course in England and the oldest Ladies` club in the world.

Designed by Old Tom Morris, the course was inaugurated in 1864. Although at first site from the clubhouse it looks a little on the tame side, once you get out onto the course you soon realize that all the hazards you would expect from a pedigree links course are here as well as the added hazard of a large flock of sheep which range freely over the course and its surrounds. Features are the famous bunker on the fourth and the equally famous three great sea rush holes, the 10th, 11th and 12th.

Make sure you have a meal at the club while you are there and enjoy the club`s museum over a pint of the local ale while you wait for it to be prepared. The staff are delightful, the food first class.

Many of the great players of the last 100 years were regular competitors at RND but the greatest of them all is without doubt John Henry Taylor. Born in the village of Northam overlooking the course, he started his long association with the Club as a caddie boy and soon became an accomplished player. As every golf lover will know he went on to form one third of the great triumvirate, winning five Open Championships. Alongside Harry Vardon and James Braid, JH Taylor dominated the game for 30 years. The club honoured Taylor with a presidency in 1957 and his portrait and some of the clubs which he used to win his Open titles are proudly displayed in the clubhouse.

 

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