Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world, and Devon is home to some of the finest golf courses in the country. We asked our social media followers what their favourite Devon golf courses were, and we were absolutely inundated with suggestions! Sadly, we could only pick ten, read on to find out who made the list….
Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Course, Exeter
Woodbury Park is a superb destination set in the heart of the Devon countryside. Whether you’re considering a golf membership or taking your first steps into the game of golf, Woodbury Park will give you the warmest welcome. There is a beautifully contoured 9 hole par 32, 2308 yard golf course, with views to match the finest in Devon. It is a must for golfers without a handicap and for those looking for a less demanding, but no less interesting challenge than The Oaks golf course.
Axe Cliff Golf Club, Seaton
With inexpensive buggies, trollies, golf club hire, practice area and excellent club house for non-golfers, this course is steeped in history, as James Braid designed course dating from 1894. Axe Cliff Golf Club is an 18 hole, par 70 course just under 6,000 yards across the cliffs with spectacular views of the Jurassic coast.
Saunton Golf Club, Barnstaple
Saunton Golf Club has been established for over a 100 years, but does not rest on its past glories. Despite the proliferation of new courses nationwide, Saunton’s two courses have stood up well to the competition. The East Course is ranked no.32 in the Golf World “Top 100 Courses” and the West Course is ranked at no.67.
Royal North Devon Golf Club, Bideford
Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! can rightly claim to be the cradle of English Golf. Founded in 1864, it is the oldest golf course in the country and is regarded as the St Andrews of the South. The golf course is as tough as any of the UK’s more famous links layouts and has recently been placed in Golf World ‘s “Top 100 Courses in the World” that a golfer “must play”.
Sidmouth Golf Club, Sidmouth
Sidmouth Golf Club is perfect for those willing to challenge their skills or if they are stepping out onto the green for the first time. Located not far off the Jurassic Coast, Sidmouth GC offers a friendly atmosphere and a willingness to cater to all abilities and standards.
Ilfracombe Golf Club, Ilfracombe
Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ilfracombe Golf Club boasts one of the most spectacular locations in the South West for an exhilarating round of golf. Situated on top of the rugged cliffs of the North Devon coast, every tee has an awe-inspiring view over the sea to the Welsh Coast, Lundy Island and as far as the eye can see on the Atlantic horizon. With its own micro-climate and impeccable course maintenance, Ilfracombe Golf Club is able to welcome guests all year round who wish to test themselves on a truly unique course.
East Devon Golf Club, Budleigh Salterton
At East Devon Golf Club they extend a friendly welcome to members and visitors alike. Situated on the cliff top above Budleigh Salterton, at 6344 yards the well-drained fairways, close cropped links turf and challenging greens offer a fair and interesting test of golf. Add to this, the views, colours and the stunning natural habitat and you have the ideal place to enjoy your golf.
Teignmouth Golf Club, Teignmouth
Teignmouth Golf Club is justifiably proud of its heritage. The course was designed by the legendary Dr Alister MacKenzie and opened in 1924, some 9 years before he completed his most famous work at the Augusta National, home of the US Masters.
Teignmouth’s course is situated near to the South Devon coast and, at 800 feet above sea level, it commands spectacular views of the sea and nearby moors.
Stover Golf Club, Newton Abbott
The peace and tranquillity of Stover Golf Club, located on the edge of Newton Abbot, is a convenient treat for golfers in the south west, with easy access from the A38 and M5. The course is one of the best parkland courses in the south west. The beautiful parkland 18 hole golf course features a wide variety of holes, elevation change, mature trees, streams and picturesque ponds.
Dainton Park Golf Club, Dainton
Set in 125 acres of parkland, Dainton Park was designed by acclaimed golf course architect Adrian Stiff, and commissioned in 1993. As with Adrian’s other notable courses in the West of England The Kendleshire and The Players Club multiple water features, sculpted bunkers and generous fairways give the course an American feel.