Golfing WHY NOT PLAY
THE PORT GAVERNE WAY?



With more golf courses per head of population than anywhere else in the United Kingdom, it is not surprising that Cornwall is becoming one of the most popular golfing holiday venues in the country.

From classic dune-strewn links to leafy parkland settings to spectacular cliff top holes, the visiting golfer is guaranteed to find something to suit his or her taste and ability.

We have selected eight of the most interesting courses which we hope will provide one of the most pleasant tests of golf what- ever your handicap, together with an enjoyable and memorable stay in this beautiful part of the country.

Bowood Park - Once the site of the largest deer park in the country and, in the 13th. century, the playground of the Black Prince, Bowood Park is on the threshold of becoming one of the premier courses in the West Country.

It has everything one would expect of a 6,792 yard championship course: rolling fairways, manicured tees, sculpted, expansive greens, and carefully positioned lakes constantly fed by the River Allen.

Notable holes include the 600 yard par 5 seventh and 228 yard par 3 eleventh but every hole enjoys its own privacy and individual appeal.

Lanhydrock - Although relatively new, Lanhydrock Golf Club has quickly become established as one of the most pic- turesque moorland courses in Cornwall.

Measuring 6,142 yards and with accuracy always a premium, the abundance of trees, shaping of fairways, and thoughtful positioning of small lakes and ponds, make this a real thinker9s course.

While there are birdie opportunities aplenty, the unwary can easily find that the odd six or indeed seven, can spoil an otherwise tidy card and leave you with that frustrated feeling that you should really have done better.

Looe - The Club was opened in May 1935. Designed, on areas of downiand and parkiand with commanding views over South East Cornwall and beyond to Devon, by Harry Vardon whose record six winnings of the Open Championship still stands unbeaten.

Purchased in 1989 by Martin and Hermon Bond, owners of the St. Mellion International Golf and Country Club, the course and Club House have since benefitted from many improvements designed to make life more enjoyable, both on and off the course.

A new Club Professional has joined the staff, former West of England Champion Alistair MacDonald who achieved nine holes in one during his playing career.

The Golf Course is 5,940 yards long with a S.S.S.68. It provides four outstanding holes - two par 3's, the 1st. (142 yds) and the 7th. (233 yds), the par 5 11th. (476 yds) and the par 4 18th. (454 yds) which is one of the best finishing holes in the South West of England.

St. Mellion - Although the Nicklaus Championship Course takes all the headimes these days (and can be played for an additional supplement of 20 per person), the Old Course was also of Championship standard and has been the venue for such prestigious events as the European Tournament Players Championship (twice) and Benson & Hedges International Open.

Totalling some 5,760 yards (compared with the 6,626 yard Nicklaus layout) the Old Course may be easier to play but nonetheless presents a similar challenge with its abundance of trees, bunkers, and hedgerows, to the days when Lee Trevino claimed it was 'one of the best young courses he had played around the world'.

St. Kew - A new 9-hole course ideal for the beginner and accomplished player alike. Lessons are available from Nick Rogers at 12.00 for 30 minutes or eight lessons for the price of seven. 18 holes is included in our package, playing off different tees on the back nine.

Roserrow Golf Country Club - Cornwall's newest golf course is located at Roserrow between Rock, St. Minver, and Poizeath off the B.3314, and was opened in August 1997.

The Roserrow course is a blend of relatively gentle holes on the lower hills where you will appreciate the lovely views of Hayle Bay and Puffin Island, to the more testing demands of Merlin's Valley, a delightful tree lined valley where river and water features predominate. The holes are named after ancient field titles, landmarks, and local features. You will cross 'Doom Bar' as you play the second; meander through 'Goosey Meadow' and 'Bee Park' on the fourth and eleventh; be tempted by 'Homey Wink', the sixteenth, an enchanting par 3, set in a deep glade of beech trees, and the spectacular greens of the ninth and eighteenth overlooked by the welcoming clubhouse.

St. Enodoc - holds a unique position in the history of Cornish golf and can be played for an additional supplement of 20.00 per person. The Duke of Windsor was President from 1929 until he succeeded to the throne, and John Betjeman wrote a poem about the club when he was Poet Laureate, a copy of which hangs in the restaurant. It is the only club in Britain which has a famous 12th. century church in the middle of the course and also boasts the largest sand bunker in the world called the Himalayas, which rises a full 60 ft from the fairway on the 6th. hole.

Designed by the great James Braid in 1907, and measuring 6,207 yards, it is generally regarded as one of the truly classic links courses in the country - similar in many ways to Troon and other traditional Scottish links.

Handicap required for St. Enodoc and Trevose - 24 minmum for men, 28 for ladies. Bring your certificate!!

Trevose - is a Championship course - 6,608 yards, and can be played for an additional supplement of 10.00 per person. Laid out by Harry Colt, it is a classic links course witb wide fairways making for easy walking, and even on the wettest days there is rarely any standing water and so is seldom out of play.

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