St Mellion is a unique blend of contemporary style, exceptional facilities, golfing heritage and wonderful Cornish hospitality. The resort boasts a stunning AA four-star 80-bedroom hotel and a Health Club & Spa as well as a variety of dining experiences – from the simple to the elegant – in an award-winning restaurant.
St Mellion is renowned as one of England’s finest golf venues, being a regular in GB&I Top 100 Course rankings and having hosted 12 European Tour events.
The Nicklaus Signature Course celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2013 and was the first European course personally designed by Jack Nicklaus. “I knew it was going to be good, but not this good... it’s everything I hoped for and more,” said the legendary American of the finished course.
At 6,300 yards it is not long, but using the amazing Cornish landscape and inspired by Augusta, Nicklaus created a UK version of Amen Corner with holes 10 through to 13 being quite brilliant both to play and look at. But before you get to that now-celebrated back nine, you are also served a treat on the front half with one classic golf hole after another; the 5th is regarded as the best par 4 on the course and when the sun shines is one of the most beautiful holes in the country.
The Signature hole is the remarkable 11th, a par 3 inspired by the 12th and 16th short holes at Augusta. It combines the narrow green of the 12th with the sweeping lake that protects the green from the under-clubbed shot. It is regarded as one of the classic short holes in British golf.
If you could have a second signature hole, the 12th would be it. It is another visually stunning test that is cut through a forest of conifer trees, a true par 5 that requires three accurate shots to reach the green. Running parallel to the fairway is a stream that then cuts across in front of the green. This hole completes the loop of three holes that is compared to Augusta’s infamous ‘Amen Corner’ – high praise indeed!
St Mellion also has a ‘gem’, the Kernow Course. It opened in 2010 and was instantly commended as the perfect complement to the Nicklaus. It offers wide fairways, big greens and great variety.
Yet another reason a trip to St Mellion should be on every golfers’ bucket list.