For many golfers, the combination of a classic seaside test with the masterful design touches of Harry Colt’s hand is hard to beat
Trevose Golf Club Championship Course Review
Top 100 Ranking 2021/22 - 79
Previous Rankings 2019/20 - 76 2017/18 - 75 2015/16 - 77 2013/14 - 70 2011/12 - 65 2009/10 - 56
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Medal Tee: Par 72 – 6,526 Yards
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Changes since previous ranking
Working with Mackenzie and Ebert, the club has rebuilt the 11th green and surrounding area. It has also rebuilt the 9th tee complex and carried out more scrub clearance creating dune wasteland areas.
Trevose Golf Club Championship Course Review
A number of seaside links in our Top 100 have reaped the benefits of Harry Colt’s legendary architectural genius, either in the capacity of original designer or sought-after remodeller.
His Championship course at Trevose on the north Cornwall coast is a great example of a layout that offers challenge and fairness in equal measure.
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Even before you set foot on the links, you’ll be pacing around in anticipation, for the clubhouse and 1st tee enjoy a tantalisingly elevated setting.
From here, you can enjoy captivating views out over the fairways you’ll soon be treading, and on to Constantine Bay and Trevose Head beyond.
The opening stretch is particularly strong, with good positional play required on the 1st to avoid a semi-blind approach
You then need a precise iron on the par-3 3rd, especially if the pin is towards the front of the pear-shaped putting surface where much of the greenside danger lies.
The photogenic 4th
The 4th is then the most famous and photographed of all Trevose’s holes, a wonderful dogleg-left par 5 that takes you right down to the rocks that separate Constantine Bay from Bobby’s Bay.
This is a great spot to spend a few minutes taking it all in if course busy-ness and your schedule allow, especially if the waves are crashing in.
The links may then move further inland, but the test and challenge carry on apace, with strong holes throughout.
There are a number of thought-provoking greens – especially the 7th – that are occasionally blessed with false fronts to expose how far you really carry the ball.
The club is now well-advanced in its four to-five-year course upgrade project, with the latest phase seeing the 11th green and its surrounds rebuilt.
Further bare sand scrapes have emerged too - very much in vogue at the moment - as more scrubland is cleared.
Trevose is a strong Colt test in a wonderful setting, with a relaxed holiday feel about it all thanks to the on-site accommodation.
Recent work to expose the natural sand around the 14th and 15th holes has improved the aesthetic views across the course.
The green complexes were well presented with well-maintained approaches and aprons. Many are raised above fairway level making the judgement of distance challenging.
For many golfers, the combination of a classic seaside test with the masterful design touches of Harry Colt’s hand is hard to beat.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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