Story by: Mike May

First impressions are powerful in all aspects of life.  That’s especially true when you step on the first tee at the Trevose Golf & Country Club, located close to the historic town of Padstow, in north Cornwall.  At the first tee, there’s a clear view of the Atlantic Ocean.  In addition to the vast ocean, you’ll see the Trevose Head and the quies, the three rocky formations that jut out above the surface of the nearby Atlantic Ocean, not far from Trevose Head.  Golfers have enjoyed this view since 1925 and it never gets old.  In fact, on many occasions during the round, you will get a similar view of the Trevose Head and the quies, each time from a different angle.

Golf writer Mike May, in front of the clubhouse at the Trevose Golf & Country Club.

The Championship Course at Trevose, a brilliant 18-hole layout, was designed by Harry Colt.  Currently, the club also offers two other courses to play – the nine-hole Headland Course, a nine-hole layout and the Par 3 Short Course, both of which are designed to give you a chance to work on your iron play.

As you play the Championship Course take the time to get a glimpse or two of the golden sandy beaches and the dramatic seaside vistas of Constantine Bay.  To say that the views are stunning is an understatement.  When playing the Championship Course, the first nine holes hug the coastline and the sand dunes.  It’s difficult taking your eyes off the nearby Atlantic Ocean and the majestic Trevose Head. The highlight of the front nine is when you play the par five, fourth hole, which is the signature hole at Trevose.  The two-tiered fourth green is very close to the Atlantic Ocean and the local lifeboat slip, which is controlled by the Royal Naval Lifeboat Institute.  As you stand in the middle of the 4th fairway, the Constantine Bay forms the backdrop beyond the green.  It’s an attention-getting scene, to say the least.  Another memorable moment at Trevose is the tee shot on the 5th hole.  The teebox is just yards away from the sea.  If the wind is blowing in the right direction, you might feel sea spray on your backswing while hitting your tee shot on the 5th hole.  The back nine at Trevose is played away from the seashore and heads back to the clubhouse, but the sea is never out of sight.  What’s so special about Trevose is that you can always hear the sound of crashing surf from any location on the course.  No other course along the Atlantic Links can make that claim.  The ever-present sound of the nearby waves is to be expected and in some odd way, it’s truly soothing and relaxing. Because Trevose is a true links course, the ever-changing winds will also give this course a different look every day that you play it. Rarely do you play Trevose on a calm, wind-free day.

If you need a refreshment of some kind while playing Trevose, there is a snack shop – the Halfway House – next to the 11th tee.