Top 100 nine-hole courses: South WestAugust, 2013 Courses & Travel
These outstanding golf courses are, in our opinion, the best nine-hole tracks in the south west of England
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Isle of Purbeck (Dene)
The Dene course is an additional nine holes which complements the championship course at Purbeck. Aimed at providing a more relaxed experience to higher handicap players, the real beauty of this layout is it is kept to the standard of its more established championship neighbour.
The heathland holes boast wonderful views over Poole, Swanage and the surrounding countryside, and should not be overlooked on a visit to the club.
Woodbury Park (Acorns)
This addition to the championship Oaks course measures 2,297 yards and has a charm all of its own. Featuring greenside bunkers, large rolling greens and a tricky second hole, it takes in the attractive views across the Exe Valley. There is a luxury hotel on site which complements the two courses.
Situated between Bude and Kilkhampton, just off the A39, this course boasts some of the finest views to be seen on a course in Cornwall. Its hilltop location combined with the surrounding areas of natural beauty across the North Cornish coastline from Trevose Head to Dartmoor combine to create stunning panoramas. At 2,300 yards, this course is ideal for beginners, and the club also has an on-site floodlit driving range.
Located on the edge of St Kew Highway, approximately three miles north of Wadebridge, the layout at St Kew is noted for the length of some of its par 3s. Three of the short holes measure 191, 200 and 216 yards, illustrating that this course is an exacting test. The club is family run and its flat land makes for an easy-walking round.
This course opened in 1993 with the aim of providing a relaxed and affordable way of getting into the game. It is located between Melksham and Corsham and is renowned for having a friendly and welcoming atmosphere to all ages and standards of golfer. The course requires more than just a long drive off each tee and places emphasis on course management.
The compact layout at Wincanton is set within the grounds of the racecourse which shares the same name, and offers a compact layout which is accessible to all. Alongside the golf course and the racecourse is the Kingwell Lodge, which offers excellent accommodation should you wish to take a golf break in the area or explore the surrounding Somerset countryside.
he heathland holes boast wonderful views over Poole, Swanage and the surrounding countryside, and should not be overlooked on a visit to the club.