Golf Courses Cornwall
The Whitsand Bay Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course to suit all abilities. Please read below for more information about each hole:
The course begins with a long elevated tee facing a fairway gently sloping up. A fairway wood or long iron from the tee. Keep your driver in the bag. The road flanks one side and a steep rough hill on the other forming a picturesque valley to aim up.
The second shot is invariably a long iron to an elevated green and a par here is no mean achievement.
White 366, Yellow 355, Red 334, Par 4, SI. 9
The road and the rough on the right hand side are the only real danger on this hole. A safe way to play the hole would be to knock a long iron over the road. This would leave you with just a mid to short iron to the green. Left is always the safer option on this hole.
White 291 yds, Yellow 280 yds, Red 234 yds, S.I. 15
Without a doubt the best Par 3 in Cornwall.
This green was constructed out of a bomb crater left behind by the Germans bombing Plymouth docks. The green slopes steeply both left and right so you need a very accurate approach shot with anything from a 3 to a 7 Iron depending on the wind.
White 190 yds, Yellow 176 yds, Red 176 yds, S.I. 5
Par 4. As the coastline of Whitsand Bay runs down the right of this hole, it is much better to be out to the left as the slope makes the ball kick to the right.
A good drive will only leave a mid to short iron for the second shot. However, be aware of the bunkers to the left and right, particularly the one on the left as it is very deep.
White– 307 yds, Yellow - 304 yds, Red – 304 yds, S.I.13
A par 4 that requires two good shots to get near the green. Everything runs to the right so it is best to aim left, but be aware of the wall running down the left that is a major hazard. It is always a tough second shot as the ball is nearly always below your feet.
As the green is two tiered it is very important you get the ball on the same tier as the flag as this will make putting far more easier.
White – 353 yds, Yellow – 349 yds, Red – 256 yds, S.I. 1
Par 4. This sunken tee is perched right on the edge of the cliff and psychologically is very difficult, although in practice it is not so bad.
You are faced with a huge cliff disappearing up to the green. The temptation is to over-club but in reality you just need to knock it up to the cliff top and let the hill bring the ball around to the green. Excellent positions for tee and green. A good test of nerve and golf.
White– 198 yds, Yellow– 173 yds, Red – 171 yds, S.I. 7
Par 4. Stroke Index 1 and the distance is the reason why.
A long hole but a good shot off the tee and another one for your second shot will leave a mid iron to the green. Be aware of the bunkers around the green. A five here is always a good score, but a par would make the card look very nice.
The key to this hole is keeping the ball on the fairway.
White, 408 yds, Yellow 399 yds, Red 351 yds, S.I. 3
A par 5 with the main danger off the tee to the right. Hitting the fairway off the tee will give you more distance, as it will run a lot further down the fairway. Left is still safe although there is a bank that can prove a hazard. A fairway wood or long iron will get you down in line with the wall which will only leave a mid to short iron for your second shot.
Be aware of the ball kicking to the right as the fairway slopes to the right near the green. This hole gives you a good chance of making par or better.
White 466 yds, Yellow 466 yds, Red – 455 yds, S.I. 17
Another par 5, tougher than the previous hole as it is a little longer but has far more hazards on it.
There are trees on the left hand side and banks going up the right so it is important to hit the fairway, as this will make the hole far easier. Another fairway wood or long iron will leave you up near the second set of banks.
From here you will be able to see the green. The third shot will be a mid to short iron. Try and get the ball below the hole, as this will make putting far easier.
White – 539 yds, Yellow 476 yds, Red 421 yds, S.I. 11
The shortest of the par 3’s. However, missing the green will make it difficult to save par. Be aware of the bunkers in front of the green as these prove to be very hazardous.
A par here will get you off to a nice steady start to the back 9.
White 132 yds, Yellow – 122 yds, Red 122 yds, S.I. 12
A long par 5 with many hazards on the hole. There is a field running down the right hand side off the tee shot, so it is important to hit it straight or stay safe and aim left. There are banks to the left and right off the tee so be aware of these.
For the second shot a good fairway wood is needed or long iron as there is a bank running through the fairway and it is important you are not in this, as you will not have a shot to the green. The dangers for the third shot are the banks to the right and trees on the left. There is also quite a slope running in to the green, which causes a problem as the ball often runs through.
A five down here is a very good score.
White 526 yds, Yellow 490 yds, Red 490 yds, S.I. 6
A par 3 that can cause problems for everyone. Again club selection is very important as too little and your ball will kick off to the left. If you are going to pitch the ball and run it on, a good line is to aim for the edge of the bunker on the right.
If you are going to pitch it on then hit one more club and aim for the middle of the green. The contours on the green don’t always make it an easy two putt, take your time reading the line.
White– 162 yds, Yellow– 154 yds, Red– 151 yds, S.I. 14
A short par 4 but by no means easy. Out of Bounds running all down the right hand side and trees on the left cause the problems off the tee. However, the green is the biggest feature on this hole as it is on a big slope.
Above the hole and two putting is never easy. It is vital you keep the ball below the hole with your second shot.
White 273 yds, Yellow 255 yds, Red 255 yds, S.I. 18
Again Out of Bounds running down the right hand side causes the major danger off the tee.
Left of the marker pole is always safe, but there are fairway bunkers to be aware of, as getting in one of these and the shot into the green will be far more difficult.
A good second shot will be to land the ball just over the bank down near the green as the ball should run down on to the green.
Any player is always happy to walk off this hole with a par.
White 402 yds, Yellow 394 yds, Red 336 yds, S.I. 2
A short par 4 with a good chance of making par or better. Keep the drive up to the left hand side of the hole as this will make the chip easier and give you a better chance of getting closer to the pin.
White 239 yds, Yellow 234 yds, Red 230 yds, S.I. 16
Keeping the drive out of danger is the biggest problem on this hole. Banks straight in front and to the left and right can cause problems, and for the bigger hitters the trees on the left and right hand side can cause shots to be dropped.
A good straight drive is required off the tee. A mid iron will be left in for the second shot and there is more danger to the right, so hitting the green or keeping the ball to the top side is the better option.
Again a par here will keep the score going tidily along.
White 351 yds, Yellow 351 yds, Red 314 yds, S.I. 8
A par 4 that has caused good cards to be ruined. Trees on the right come in to play and so do the banks on the left and right hand side of the fairway. A good line off the tee is to aim for the right hand side of the fairway as the ball runs down to the left.
For your second shot you must aim to the right of the hole and let the ball run down. You will need to land the ball between 20 – 30 yards short so it runs on.
If you pitch the ball to far it will run through the back.
White 368 yds, Yellow 350 yds, Red 301 yds, S.I. 4
A cracking par 3 to finish with. There is danger out to the left and right of this hole, so it is important to be committed to the club your hitting. The green is the line to aim for as everything runs down on to it.
However, if you pitch the ball to far it will go through the back causing an awkward chip and putt to save par. The green is very undulating making it difficult to putt on. A par here, and you can be happy walking off the course.
White 205 yds, Yellow 198 yds, Red 190 yds, S.I. 10