Royal North Devon Golf Club - Main Course

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6653
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Semi-Private
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 72 6653 yards
Yellow 72 6424 yards
Red (W) 73 5708 yards
Scorecard for Royal North Devon Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
White M: 71.7/121 474 407 422 344 133 406 376 191 491 3244 340 368 418 421 207 409 157 454 413 3187 6431
Yellow M: 71.2/119 460 399 406 337 125 381 356 180 482 3126 317 354 403 411 204 396 139 453 382 3059 6185
Red W: 70.9/117 390 392 382 290 115 361 336 177 474 2917 304 320 370 400 201 381 133 438 331 2878 5795
Handicap 15 7 5 11 17 1 9 13 3 10 12 2 8 14 4 16 6 18
Par 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1864
Golf Season Year round
Architect Old Tom Morris (1864)

Rentals/Services

Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

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Magical place, great test, friendly and interesting

This is the 3rd time I have played Royal North Devon and it is fair to say that it should be on the 'must play' list of any golfer.

When we walked into the pro shop, the pro greeted us warmly, remembering our 3 ball from over 12 months previous. He enabled us to tee off a bit early as the twilight rate was going to make it challenging to get a full 18 in, and made us feel really welcome.

The course is just beautiful. The best part of RND is that the environment and the layout do all the talking. It is a quirky place; last year we had an otherworldly experience when over 50 horses stampeded at full-tilt right through us down the 17th as the sun was setting. You may see sheep grazing too. The greens may have the odd horse-shoe print in, yet strangely still ran true.

You tee off in front of an old art-deco style club house, it is unassuming, until you go in it. They have built a patio area with a wind barrier made from glass so you can still see the view. When the tide rises, the small brook in front of the 18th green and 1st tee becomes a small river. You tee off on the 1st, into the wind, with fabulous spongey fairways, bracketed with light rough and gorse. It's a tough shot. The second is more of the same, with a fantastic approach to a slightly raised green. Then the fun really starts. The third must be one of the most intimidating shots in golf; a big white arrow points the way for a blind shot over a huge, railway-sleeper lined bunker. If you hit it, say a quick prayer to the golfing gods. The 4th is an uphill par 3 protected by pot bunkers. The green is deep and rewards a good shot well.

The 5th is just a wonderful hole. Teeing off with the Atlantic ocean on the left, a raised tee looking down upon a bunker-lined fairway. The 6th is a slight dogleg. There are several ways to play the tee shot, each testing a different skill, with the green shallow but wide for the approach. And on it goes. As you go back towards the clubhouse, you have blind shots followed by down-wind short par 4s. A long par three is followed by a wide-fairway'd start to the next hole. The 17th seems easy until you get to your approach shot- in-range to hit the green on a par five, but protected by a brook and trees, over a road. Don't go long, or right. The 18th finished over a brook with a tough green in front of the clubhouse.

I'm sure on a wet, windy day this course can eat its way through a dozen balls, and sap the strength from your shoulders, but in benign conditions, even a high handicapper can walk off and feel like they have experienced something special.

Then the clubhouse. A wall lined with ancient clubs, paintings of great golfers from history, 100 year old artifacts and a guidebook to tell you what is what. Great local beers, comfy chairs, sensible prices and the omnipresent view of the Atlantic take in.

I'm sure this course can get busy and slow you down, but this must be the closest you can get in England to golf as it was always meant to be. Magical.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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