April 2012; St Enodoc Golf Club has been chosen to host County Week during which the prestigious Cornwall Amateur Golf Championship takes place in May just as past Captain of St Enodoc, Malcolm Jones, assumes office as the County President for a term of two years.
From May 20th, St Enodoc will host a combination of team and individual events with the climax of the week coming on Saturday, May 26th, when the finals of the Cornwall Amateur Golf Championship takes place and the winner will presented with trophy by the CGU President.
Testament to the quality of its James Braid championship Church Course, St Enodoc has a proud history of staging amateur championships including the English Ladies Amateur Championship in 1993 and 2002 and the English Counties Championship in 1989 and 2005.
Indeed in order to continue to attract top tournaments the club, which dates back to 1890, St Enodoc has invested heavily over the last decade in its Church course and facilities. A comprehensive programme of improvement and upgrading has incorporated a renewed irrigation system, extensive course development of tees, greens and bunkers as well as new practice facilities and a new beautifully equipped green keeping facility. And in the autumn this year, the club will undertake a remodelling of the clubhouse itself.
At the same time, St Enodoc has over the last two years developed a highly-successful Junior Academy that offers three levels of junior coaching and a system of skills challenges. Junior membership is at an all-time high and last year the Club was awarded the Golf Mark with ‘high-achiever’ status by England Golf.
“Despite the tough times that golf clubs in general are experiencing at the moment, the message that St Enodoc is keen to convey is that we are a club that boasts a healthy state of affairs and that we are continually trying to improve the club facilities and what we have to offer golfers both young and old,” comments Tuck Clagett, General Manager of St Enodoc.
“For many years this beguiling course has lured a host of legendary Open Champions including Henry Cotton, Jim Barnes and Tom Watson down to Cornwall which has added to the prestige of this exceptional course. The likes of Sir Robin Butler and of course Sir John Betjeman were members here whilst European Tour professionals Chris Wood and Andrew Sherborne often practise around St Enodoc. Given St Enodoc is located in the popular town of Rock, we also attract a few celebrities now and again.”
The splendour of St Enodoc has been captured by top golf photographer, David Cannon, when he shot the course in the early morning and evening for his book, “Golf Courses Great Britain & Ireland”, published last year. Cannon perfectly brings out the characteristic fairway undulations and firm greens that are set against the North Atlantic Ocean and Camel Estuary.
Says Cannon, “I honestly have to say that St Enodoc as a photographer’s ‘subject’ has to be in my top five courses. The views are amazing on almost every hole and are equally as good morning or afternoon. Very few courses give so many opportunities for stunning images on so many holes. “The contrast between the views of the church on the 10th and 11th holes and the 16th hole along the estuary is one of the highlights. Not forgetting of course the infamous cavernous ‘Himalaya’ bunker on the treacherous par 4, 6th hole.”
St Enodoc Golf Club, Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6LD
Reservations 01 208 869 904 / Freda.Wherry@st-enodoc.co.uk