The Saunton Golf Club sits on wonderful unspoilt dune land in the coastal land of Devon. It is one of the foremost golf clubs on the west coast of England, and is a beautiful venue for golf by the sea. With views out across the Bristol Channel that could carry as far as Wales, a round of gold at Saunton should be on every serious golfer’s to-play list.
The Saunton West course is the shorter of the two on offer, but it matches the East for high standards. The fairways are quite narrow and, with the course placing a premium on finding the fairway, you may need to make a few interesting escape shots. There are also some narrow streams that have to be avoided, typically coming on holes with dogleg shots. There is no doubt about it; the West course is a key component in making Saunton one of the best double-acts in English golf.
The West course offers a nice finishing hole. The par three eighteenth is 194 yards long, and features high dune mounds down the left and right. There are two bunkers just shy of the green, which can be carried, but will be right in play from errant tee shots. The eighteenth hole is reputedly a great hole to bring about a two-stroke swing, making it a very interesting way to end your duel.
Saunton is home to the Braunton Burrows, whose sand dunes have been designated of international importance by UNESCO. The site is also the first in the United Kingdom to become a biosphere reserve. With these stunning surroundings, Saunton is the west coast’s premier golfing experience.