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Britain is blessed with some of the finest golf courses in the world. From the historic splendour of St Andrews in Scotland to the rugged challenge of Royal St George’s in Kent, these isles play host to some spectacular courses.

Here in Cornwall, golf is a way of life. Combined with our world class food, beaches and history, it means we’ve an attractive proposition for any keen linksman. Indeed, golf in Cornwall has a rich and inclusive history.

The oldest functioning golf course in Cornwall is West Cornwall at Lelant, which traces its history back to 1889, before the Cornwall Golf Union was founded in 1901, and would be shortly followed by St Enodoc, Newquay and Bude and North Cornwall.

Less than a decade later, The Cornwall Ladies’ Golf Championship was founded, giving lady golfers the chance to compete against local and national rivals on a yearly basis. Today, the Ladies’ Cornwall Golf Union, who started the tournament, and the Cornwall Ladies’ County Golf Association merged to form the new Cornwall Ladies’ County Golf Association, which support female golfers in Cornwall to this day.

If you’re keen to hit the links whilst you’re staying in Cornwall, there’s some tremendous options available, here’s four of the finest:

  • St Enodoc Golf Club, Wadesbridge

Located on the north coast, St Enodoc Golf Club is a stunning highlight of the Cornish golf community. Extremely varied in its terrain and with a spectacular view over the ocean, it can prove difficult to focus on your game.

Notable for its hills and towering sand dunes, St Enodoc is currently listed as one of Golf Digest’s top 100 golf courses in the world, and was recently ranked as the 6th best course in England by Golf World.

  • West Cornwall Golf Club, Lelant

Located mere minutes away from our holiday homes in St. Ives and Carbis Bay, the West Cornwall Golf Club is a fantastic option for keen golfers.

With panoramic views over the remarkable St Ives Bay, West Cornwall Golf Club is a right and testing seaside course; one in which you’ll find wind plays a key role. With regular days and timeslots for golfers of all abilities to test their mettle and a fully stocked bar and restaurant available, it’s a lovely way to spend a day.

  • Trevose Golf Club, Padstow

Up the north coast once again, you’ll find Trevose Golf Club. A firmly tourist-oriented club that welcomes golfers of all abilities, Trevose nevertheless offers real challenge.

With dramatic views across the golden sandy shore of Booby’s Bay and over the rugged coastline of the north, Trevose offers stunning scenery – even if your game isn’t at the level it should be.

  • Perranporth Golf Club, Perranporth

We love Perranporth for its stunning beaches and charming seaside aesthetic, but did you know it’s also home to a wonderful golf course?

Perhaps the most underrated course in the south of England, Perranporth (much like the other courses on this list), combines remarkable views with an entertainingly challenging and well maintained championship golf course.

An affordable club house and friendly staff round off the experience, making Perranporth Golf Club a must-visit for any serious golf fan visiting Cornwall.