Situated close to south-west gems Trevose and Saunton, Bude is a fantastic linksland challenge that is well worth a visit on any golfing trip to the Cornwall coastline. The course was established in 1891 on the common land known as Summerleaze Downs and quickly garnered a reputation for quality. Legendary player and course designer Harry Vardon was a regular visitor early on in the 20th century and held the course record for a number of years.
Back then the track measured a mere 5,534 yards, but subsequent updates to Tom Dunn’s original design work have extended it just past the 6,000-yard mark.
The course boasts natural all-weather, undulating fairways and excellent drainage which means that it is very rarely unplayable, ensuring that your golf break will not be dictated by the unpredictable seaside weather. The greens are lightning fast and feature both harsh and subtle borrows that will seriously test your ability to read a putt.
The front nine boasts a run of treacherous par-fours. The third hole features a sharp dogleg fairway and an elevated, undulating green that is protected by bunkers on the left, right and front.
The sixth hole is another great test, but the jewel in the crown is the par-four seventh. You will most likely require a fairway wood or strong iron shot to avoid the mounds and marshy water hazard that flank the fairway, while overshooting the blind plateau green on this 346-yard par-four could prove costly.
The clubhouse lies a short walk from the beach and boasts a plasma TV screen and snooker room to keep guests occupied after a round. The wine list and varied menu make this the perfect venue for a corporate or social day.
Bude is easily accessible from south-west towns Barnstaple and Newquay.