36 Saunton East

Architect: Fowler
Stats: 6,427 yds, par 71, SSS 73
GF: £44-£79
Visitor information: Visitors permitted seven days a week
W: sauntongolf.co.uk
2008 Ranking: 30 (Down 6)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: No significant changes
Clubhouse: Mens Locker Room has been completely refurbished

Blessed with strong par 4s from the off, it’s a stern test, especially when the wind is hurting on the 470-yard opener. There are several exceptional par 4s, most notably the 4th, 14th and 16th, and the course finishes strongly with first a tough par 3, then the visually appealing dogleg 18th, where you putt out under the gaze of those in the clubhouse.

Panellists’ comments: “A relentlessly demanding test”; “Thoroughly deserving of its top spot in the south west”

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