Discover Golf : April 2015
21 discovergolf.com.au renowned poet Sir John Betjeman lies buried beside his favourite course. It’s rated the toughest hole on the course for good reason. A good drive needs to be followed by an even better second shot aimed at the church porch to avoid the lateral hazard, which runs the length of the hole and creeps ever closer to the left side of the green. Over the memorable final stretch of holes, it is hard to find the right club on the downhill par-3 15th, while the par-5 16th boasts a rollercoaster fairway and potentially distracting sea views all the way down the right. The hole has been lengthened to 504 metres, with a two-tier green surrounded by deep bunkers and has now become a stern test, particularly into wind. This sets the tone for the closing holes. To finish well, you’ll need to conjure up your best strikes to make par on the long par-3 17th, and fittingly tough 402-metre 18th. As you putt out in full view of the clubhouse, you’ll probably have total recall of all the magnificent holes you’ve just enjoyed—a sign of a truly great course. Over the years the club has hosted many top amateur events; including the English Ladies Amateur Championships in 1993 and 2002 and the English Counties Championship in 1989 and 2005. St Enodoc Golf Club includes the shorter Holywell course, which is an ideal course for those wanting slightly less of a challenge but which features some typical links terrain. Image Credit: St Enodoc Golf Club, Hole 16.