Royal North Devon Golf Club

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What we say

Royal North Devon, an extraordinary golfing venue steeped in history and tradition, celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014; founded in 1864, it is England’s oldest course. A visit to RND is a trip back in time. Precious little has changed over the past century or so at the cradle of English golf, the St Andrews of the south.

It is pure, raw natural links golf with a good dose of quirkiness thrown into the mix. Golfers share the ancient links with grazing, free roaming sheep and horses and on the 4th tee they’re faced with Cape bunker, once the world’s biggest bunker. Initially, the course looks flat and featureless – it’s only when you’re standing over the ball on the rumpled fairways you can truly appreciate its many twists, turns and little nuances.

A RND visit, specially in this golden year, is an absolute must. You’ll be in golfing heaven on and off the course – inside the splendid clubhouse you’ll discover a magical museum while the club’s honours boards are like a “who’s who” of golfing greats, including such legendary names as five-times Open champion J.H. Taylor, who was born in the village of Northam overlooking the course, Horace Hutchinson, Harold Hilton and Herbert Fowler.

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Royal North Devon Golf Club at Westward Ho! can rightly claim to be the cradle of English Golf. Founded in 1864, it is the oldest links layout in the land and is regarded as the St Andrews of England. The golf course is as tough as any of the UK’s better-known links.

This is a great, natural golf course that is largely unchanged from the time a century ago when Harold Hilton announced Westward Ho! to be England’s number one competition golf course. RND is pure raw exhilaration and ultimately, the experience of playing a fast running links in a stiff breeze still tests the very best in the game.

Many of the great players of the last 100 years were regular competitors at RND but the greatest of them all is undoubtedly John Henry Taylor. Born in the village of Northam, overlooking the golf course, Taylor started his long association with the club as a caddie boy and he soon became an accomplished player. In June 2005 a nine-hole Par 3 golf course called 'Pimpley Ground' was introduced.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 2 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4 out of 5
  • Players Rating 3.5 out of 5
  • Address
    Golf Links Road, Westward Ho, BIDEFORD
  • Tel 01237 477598
  • Website

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees Sun-Fri £60 (18 Holes); Sat £70 (18 Holes) Sun-Fri £80 (36 Holes)
Course Length 6,650 yards (6,081 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Medium 11-20
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course does not have: Driving Range
  • Course has: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course has: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course has: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 3 out of 5 Old boys club

    By Anonymous

     Me and my girlfriend recently played the the links at Royal North Devon and I must say for the time of year the course was fantastic. The front 9 was a real links challenge although the back nine was a little weak, unfortunately right from the start there were problems we took a two for one voucher but this wasnt completely honered as we had to pay £37 each. But the main problem with the whole experience and which let the day down was the members they were very rude to my partner and discriminative. I would advise any lady golfers to avoid this "old boys club" as in this day and age all levels, all ages and both sexes should be welcomed into the great game of golf. Very disappointed

  • 3.5 out of 5 Not as flat as you think!

    By gslack

    From the clubhouse the course looks unremarkable. In fact, you might almost think you made a cock up choosing to play here and driving all this way. However, once you are 'in' the course you'll begin to realise what a gem it is. Fast, true greens and well kept bunkers. Tough par 3s Clubhouse is worth a visit for the memorabilia. Sloppy bar and waiting staff though rather let the club down.

  • 4 out of 5 RND

    By klaw

    Loved this course. I played it in July of 08 on a very walm but windy day. First couple of holes played into the wind which made them very difficult. Greens were immaculate and quick. There are plenty of sheep natrually grazing on the course which adds a slight quirkyness. All of the staff were very friendly and helpfull. A very flat links, but a good test all the same. I will definately return to RND for another round in the near future.

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