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St Enodoc makes a strong case for best course in England, yes, its that good.
Have to say that this and the Perranporth thread have begun to get the juices flowing for the upcoming BUDA. It does sound as if plenty of ammunition might be needed, though, particularly at the end of a wet warm summer.
The issue of "new" greens being out of character with the existing is a trap that many architects seem to fall into (David Steele's at North Hants come to mind). The best way to view St Enodoc is the drone helicopter flyovers on our website which start at head height at the back of each tee and it shows that the greens are all round except the new ones which I never realised despite having been a Member for 30 years! I brefly spoke to Mike Policano as he tackled the 7th with his hickories - brave man!.The comment is often made that the Church holes 10 to 14 are out of keeping as yes the land is more farm than links but so be it and subject to my comments above over 13 none the worse for it and does give some variety, I have never come across a hole like our 14th. It has been interesting to read all the individual comments of likes and dislikes of individual holes which only proves that we are all different as are all golf courses. In all the posts everyone seems to have loved the course of which we are proud to be the current custodians and a tremendous amount of work has taken place over the last 10 years to raise the standard of the course particularly the greens and to give a friendly welcome to all our visitors. This year having made the Golf Digest World Top 100 we have seen many more visitors from the United States which has been most rewarding.
BenHaving the 14th tee left of the 13th green would leave a very difficult drive as the land moves seriously right. The present tee allows the golfer to bang a drive into the hill and hold. Plus, I think the view of the church would be compromised somewhat. It would be nice if the green shaping was more varied, but one way the design gets away with it is there aren't many greenside bunkers to shape the greens around. Even though roundish, most of the greens have interesting questions to pose or there is enough heartache/luck involved in getting to some greens that they needn't be extravagant. From memory1 & 2 are plateau/domed3 runs away from play4 runs left5 is plateau6 well, who cares7 is a bit more shaped with some lower ground shy of the green8 have to carry bunkers/plateau9 is a funny green because its plateauish but runs back to front and off at the sides10 has a cool spine running down the middle very difficult putting from rear of the green to front11 is quite flat, but does move a bit away from the tee12 is domed/pleateau13 is quite sloped to back to front14 is a bit of a bowl green15 is a sidehiller, very tough target16 is new ad an interesting green with a cool rear shelf near the rear bunker17 is very cool front to backer18 is plateauCiao
......try playing 11 off the White or even further back Blue tee into the wind - it does not want any change its quite tough enough.
When I was there in June the greens were perfect; as Ben says, as pure a fescue sward as I've seen, and rolling as true as you could wish. Our group all agreed they were as good a set of links greens (condition wise) as we had ever seen).