South Devon: In the footsteps of giants...

Off the beaten track, but easily reached from London, Charles McLaughlin discovers a forgotten quartet of superb courses created by the finest architects of the Golden Age of course design

East Devon 9th & 10th hole


If one course summarises the attraction of south Devon, this is it. Designed in 1902 by the legendary Herbert Fowler and with both Harry Colt and James Braid remodeling the original, this picturesque gem gently climbs to the clifftops and back. Walking only, but not too strenuous and at around 6,200yds from the tips, not too long either. Onus is on accuracy over distance, with the heather taking a toll on errant drives and tricky undulating greens requiring thoughtful approaches. The elevated par three 10th is a cracker over heather and gorse to a 3-tiered green.