Okehampton Golf Club
- Par 70
- 6490 Yds
Okehampton nestles in the heart of Devon, sheltered by the highest tors of Dartmoor, on the northern edge of Devon’s magnificent National Park.
One of Devon’s friendliest clubs, it was founded in 1913 as a nine-hole course which was laid out by JH Taylor, the celebrated Open champion.
In 1921 it was decided to extend the course to 18 holes with the work supervised by EP Burd, the then Hon. Secretary.
The full course was formally opened by Taylor and Alex Herd in May 1923 and those former Open champions were fulsome in their praise of a course. The tributes have continued to pour in since.
The 1st is a 352-yard par 4 with a tricky tee shot which needs to be aimed left – although a big hook will put you on the 2nd fairway, or a little slice will see you playing your second shot from the 18th fairway.
For the really big hitters you might just be able to reach the green given favourable conditions… but don’t forget this is the 1st tee and is overlooked by the bar. A sensible long iron might is usually wise!
The second shot should only be a short iron and the advice again is to aim left because the lie of the land will bring the ball back to the right. There are some big borrows on this green.
One of Devon’s friendliest clubs, it was founded in 1913, initially as a nine-hole course.
The 8th is a risk-reward short par. At just 277 yards it seems like a birdie opportunity waiting to happen… if you drive it solidly off the tee.
The second half off the fairway falls downhill to the green and a good drive could end up rolling onto the putting surface. The ground around the green falls from right to left – but with a short second shot, you will be aiming for the pin.
Onto the back nine, the 10th is512 yards– the only par 5 on the course. Here, you aim over the marker post and open your shoulders. There is plenty of room and the hole is all downhill.
After a good drive the green could be in range with the second shot – but you mustn’t be long!
It is a double green – the 15th pin uses the right hand side. So if you hit a slice, you will be faced with an Old Course-style putt!
On the 355-yard penultimate hole you walk back into the trees to find the tee before you hit your drive over the road to the clubhouse.
There is lots of room both left and right here, but there is a row of trees guarding the 16th fairway on the right. A short iron to the green, one putt and it’s off to the 18th to see if you can finish off in style.