London, United Kingdom
1st Green Cape Cornwall Golf Club
Photograph - Hdr Photograph
You could be forgiven for thinking that Cape Cornwall was one of the oldest golf courses in England. Yet the course was only designed in 1990 by Bob Hamilton, who has also designed courses in Scotland and Singapore, it is a truly natural course that has excellent drainage and never has the need for winter greens. Even though the course was established quite late, it is steeped in history with evidence of Bronze Age settlements and old mining works which are clearly visible, creating challenging natural hazards around the course.
The course itself is 5,312 yards from the yellow tees, par 69, with a range of both gentle and challenging holes. The par 3 thirteenth, the 'Cream Pot' is probably the only hole in golf enclosed within a walled garden. You fire your shot up to a mystical looking sunken garden, that stands on the site of a nineteenth century tin mine. The walls of the green are half covered in vegetation and are known locally as 'Cornish Hedges'. The deceptive fourteenth gives you the illusion that you are driving into the ocean, where in fact you head for a narrowing fairway with a sharp drop-off to the right, a magnet for golf balls, with the pin set up on the left. The hardest hole on the course is the 346 yard fifthteenth. Whilst it may not sound long for the big hitter it requires a 230 yard carry over a walled garden and then a very steep uphill second shot to the green.
November 6th, 2010
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