DESIGNER: Jack Nicklaus, 1998
GREEN FEES: Monday-Wednesday £70, Thursday and Friday £80, weekends £90. Winter rate tbc.
CONTACT: 01579 351351, www.st-mellion.co.uk
CLUB COMMENT: Re-done irrigation system has given us better drainage.
Nicklaus’ first European design underwent major work on every bunker and tee and improved its drainage two years ago – and returned to the Top 100 as a result. It had been 14 years since it made its only previous appearance. It is what you’d expect: an American-style course with big bunkers, big greens and big water hazards. It is extremely exacting, as the pros will find out when it hosts the first of five English Opens in 2011.