St. Enodoc GC - Church Course
Designer: James Braid
Length: 6,557 yards
St Enodoc's Church Course is situated on the banks of the River Carmel that flows out to the waters of the Celtic Sea. This picturesque layout is one of the most beautiful, natural settings for links in the world. With advancements in golf equipment over the years, the Church Course appears to be too short for the new technology that promotes distance. It is interesting to note that James Braid's original design still protects against the long bombers, as hidden fairway bunkers and long fescue swallow up tons of errant tee shots. The 6th hole has a bunker known as the "Himalaya" and is rumoured to be the biggest bunker in Europe. At just over 6,500 yards it still remains a challenging and unforgiving course when the wind is howling.
St Enodoc is also home to the Holywell Course, which closed in 1939 due to wartime labour shortages before re-opening in 1967, using some of the holes originally designed by James Braid in 1928, and being extended to 18 holes in 1982. Originally a 9 hole layout, the Holywell was extended to 4,500 yards and produces a fun, yet demanding course that plays to a par 63.