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 golf at Saunton should be on every serious golfer’s to-play list.
The East Course is rugged and wild, with the thick rough off the fairways and behind the greens very enchanting. Nothing is a clearer indication of upholding classic links traditions than a thick tuft of unwieldy grass. That is not to mistake the course for one that has been let go. Saunton is immaculately maintained, with designers and groundskeepers maximising the challenge these mounds bring. They are well worth admiring, but it is best to do so from the fairway.
The East Course is the longer of the two, and is a noted championship course. It is certainly one that requires a clever game plan, with the key to success here being strategic positioning. Poor shots will likely be punished, and with only two par fives on the route, it may be difficult to claw shots back. Yet the course certainly rewards those who find fairways and greens in regulation, and the fairways are a generous width. Find your line from the tee, and you will discover Saunton East is a very enjoyable and scenic round of golf.
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.