Costs:
3 out of 5
TG Rating:
4.5 out of 5
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Players Rating:
3.5 out of 5
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Address: Saunton, BRAUNTON, EX33 1LG

Tel: 01271 812436

Website: www.sauntongolf.co.uk

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What we say...

4.5 out of 5

Accuracy is essential otherwise you will be climbing and searching the many sand banks. A brilliantly designed links with a wide variety of holes. Can be fairly benign on a calm day but with a touch of wind a real challenge. Perfect springy seaside turf, wildlife all around, and a collection of classy long par 4s.

A shining star of the classy collection of Atlantic Links courses and arguably the best links venue in the south west. Indeed six-times major winner Sir Nick Faldo once declared: “I have no doubt that if the East Course were located on the coast of Lancashire or Kent, it would have hosted an Open by now.” Faldo has a point: the East is Saunton’s main attraction is both good and challenging enough to examine the best players so you had better turn up with your A game, specially if the wind is blowing.

While the newer West course - it opened in 1974 -  the higher and more spectacularly rugged duneland towards the sea, the century old East has always been the Championship layout and serves up one treat after another. None more so than at the stroke index one 4th which demands your Sunday best drive to a fairway that narrows into a neck protected by four pot traps.

Saunton Golf Club has to be one of the biggest accumulations of linksland anywhere in the world with enough dunes to build 15 golf courses let alone two. Don't play the star-studded East without a warm-up because you start with a devilish 472-yard par-4 and things don't get much easier after that, with two more long par-4s in the next three holes.

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Course Information

Course: 71 par

Course Style: Links

Green Fees: 1 May to 30 September: Full Rate Day 1: £90; Twilight 18 Holes: £45; April and October: Full Rate Day 1 £60; Twilight: £35; November to March 2014/15: Full Rate 18 Holes: £48

Course Length: 6,427 yards (5,876 metres)

Holes: 18

Difficulty: Hard 0-10

Course Membership: Private

Course Features

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Buggy Hire
  • Trolley Hire
  • Driving Range
  • Dress Code
  • Practice Green
  • Club Hire
  • Pro Shop
  • Handicap

Course Description

Saunton Golf Club was formed in May 1897 and was originally a nine-hole golf course but was extended to 12 holes by 1906 and to 18 holes in 1908. A clubhouse was built in 1907 at a cost of £1,000 and can still be seen as a private house to the right of the East Course's 16th fairway.

In 1923 an exhibition match was arranged between Harry Vardon (who had won the Open six times and the US Open) and J.H.Taylor (five times Open Champion). Then in 1929 another exhibition match was arranged to celebrate the opening of a new Clubhouse, which the club uses today. It was between J.H.Taylor, James Braid and the up and-coming Henry Cotton! Saunton has another cracking links layout on its hands in the form of the 18 hole 6,403 yards par 71 West Golf Course.

Stay & Play: The four star Saunton Sands Hotel is close by.

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What you say...

 
2.5 out of 5

Magnificent Course; Shame about the Club

By CLAP69

Played in a Seniors Competition on Wednesday. Loved the course although greens not as good as one would expect from a links course. Not the most warm and welcoming club I have experienced. Seemed to be a trend of people doing other things and making a point of breaking off to attend to you - started in the Pro's shop through to the bar where the staff continued reading whilst we were waiting to... read more

4 out of 5

Great Day Out

By gslack

A must play, East in the morning West in the afternoon. In the fine weather we had in mid-March 2009, we had the last laugh versus those making the pilgrimage to southern parts of overpriced euroland for their spring golf fix. In short-sleeved shirts, we wondered at the views, the perfect greens and well kempt bunkers and thought we'd gone to heaven. It... read more

3 out of 5

greens let me down

By lexo

a super course with a nice mix of holes - the 1st is a real tough nut but the short par 3 'tiddler' does ease the pain later in the round. we got on a summer twilight green fee which seemed good value but we were suprised about how poor the greens were

4.5 out of 5

Saunton Golf Club, West Course

By Andres

We booked to play Saunton and were initially disappointed that we were unable to play both courses over two days as the championship course (East) was having extensive work carried out on its irrigation system. However on arrival we were all extremly impressed. Saunton is a wonderful setting and from standing outside the clubhouse you look over the 18th green of the East course at the most... read more

Saunton Golf Club Today's Golfer 2006-11-29T19:04:00.0000000 Accuracy is essential otherwise you will be climbing and searching the many sand banks. A brilliantly designed links with a wide variety of holes. Can be fairly benign on a calm day but with a touch of wind a real challenge. Perfect springy seaside turf, wildlife all around, and a collection of classy long par 4s. A shining star of the classy collection of Atlantic Links courses and arguably the best links venue in the south west. Indeed six-times major winner Sir Nick Faldo once declared: “I have no doubt that if the East Course were located on the coast of Lancashire or Kent, it would have hosted an Open by now.” Faldo has a point: the East is Saunton’s main attraction is both good and challenging enough to examine the best players so you had better turn up with your A game, specially if the wind is blowing. While the newer West course - it opened in 1974 -  the higher and more spectacularly rugged duneland towards the sea, the century old East has always been the Championship layout and serves up one treat after another. None more so than at the stroke index one 4th which demands your Sunday best drive to a fairway that narrows into a neck protected by four pot traps. Saunton Golf Club has to be one of the biggest accumulations of linksland anywhere in the world with enough dunes to build 15 golf courses let alone two. Don't play the star-studded East without a warm-up because you start with a devilish 472-yard par-4 and things don't get much easier after that, with two more long par-4s in the next three holes. The Top 100 Golf Courses in Britain and Ireland Accuracy is essential otherwise you will be climbing and searching the many sand banks. A brilliantly designed links with a wide variety of holes. Can be fairly benign on a calm day but with a touch of wind a real challenge. Perfect springy seaside turf, wildlife all around, and a collection of classy long par 4s. 3.554
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