In the early 1900’s archaeologist Dr Penrose Williams came to Trevose on the Cornish Coast seeking to find a reputed 3rd century AD Holy Well. His search was successful, and after purchasing the land and completing the excavation of the well, he sought out renowned golf architect Harry Colt to design a championship links on his property.
Colt obliged and in 1925 The Trevose Golf & Country Club formally opened for play.
Dr Williams was bought out in 1941 by two club members, and when John C. Gammon bought out his partner to become the sole owner he began a family affiliation with the club that remains to this day, as his son Peter, and then grandson Nick took over the reins.
Harry Colt is famed for his contributions to golf course design- his portfolio includes Sunningdale, Muirfield, Royal Portrush and many more..
At Trevose Colt had a wonderful site to work with: a rolling sandy base adjacent to the sea.
In recent times the ‘Open Doctors’ Ebert & McKenzie have been employed to modernise and refresh the course. Work will continue for some years renovating a few holes each year so play can continue throughout.
Trevose Golf & Country Club is more than just The Championship Course. Facilities now include 3 courses, practice grounds, accommodation, restaurant, and access to the beach. But it is The Championship course we came to see, and on a mild summer day we teed off as a twosome with twosomes moving briskly in front and behind us. The course is an easy walk with a rolling topography that is a joy to walk. We took photos and video all the way around and played in less than 3 hours without ever breaking stride. Golf needs more of this to attract the time poor younger generations!!
The front nine heads into the sand dunes, and toward the sea, whereas the back nine threads it way back and forth through less undulating terrain a little more inland.
I was impressed with holes 2, 3 & 4 particularly.
Hole 2 is a delightful par 4 with vast expanses of sand dunes as a backdrop to a green which is well protected by the new Ebert/McKenzie bunkering and it’s jagged edges.
Incidentally whilst the renovations will continue for some time, there are 3 types of bunkering evident on the course. The older plainer bunkers are more often seen as fairway bunkers, and revetted bunkers are green side, but Ebert & Co will gradually replace the revetted bunkers in particular with the new wilder style.
Hole 3 is dramatic short par 3 over a gorge to a green protected by deep revetted bunkers on the leeward side. It is a great looking hole.
To successfully hit the green, the player must judge the crosswinds to perfection..
Hole 4 is a real beauty. It is effectively a new hole after recent renovations, and is a par 5 that bends around large dunes, and heads to a green right on the beach. The bunkering along the way, and the framing of the green with ocean background make it a memorable hole.
Other notable holes at Trevose include:
- hole 7: a medium length par 4 with a delightful green complex which is elevated and nicely bunkered at the front, and with a little burn sneaking in short and left of the green
hole 14- a short dogleg par 4 with OOB down the left, and a row of cross bunkering 70 yards short of the green impeding the view of the green, and requiring some thought from the player as to the length of the tee shot.
The green is also well protected at the front with more bunkering.
hole 16- a long par 3 that sits low and is partially hidden from view with two bunkers prominent well short of the green to mess with your depth perception.
It is a simple hole, but a good one.
hole 17 is a strong par 4 finishing hole. It can play predominantly downwind, and depending on the tee of your choice should not play overly long- however the approach must carry a burn abutting the front of the green. Pick the right club or get wet!
Trevose is a bustling golfing facility. During our stay in June the course, the accommodation, the clubhouse and the restaurant were all busy, and nearly everyone I spoke to were either members or visitors who returned year on year.
It was obvious they all just love the place.
I can see why.
We loved it too, and hope to return
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