73 Royal North Devon
Architect: T Morris
Stats: 6,682 yds, par 72, SSS 73
Visitor information: Visitors can choose what tees to play from
2008 Ranking: 69 (Down 4)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
In 2014 Royal North Devon will celebrate its 150th anniversary. It’s the oldest course in England and plays over a unique and totally natural links environment delivering an experience from a bygone golfing age. This is golf in the raw and the course presents a different test to that posed by most modern tracks with an emphasis on creative shot-making, especially around the greens. Stunning 360˚ views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding small towns and countryside bring a shiver to the spine. The clubhouse museum is worth the visit alone.
Panellists’ comments: “Stunning in its own way – truly the cradle of English golf”; “Nature and golf perfectly matched”