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In Cornwall, the likes of St Enodoc, Trevose and St Mellion are often heralded as the county’s classics. However, situated on the most southerly point in England, Mullion Golf Club also offers a memorable round of golf.

The 6,000 yard links course, featuring four par 3s, twelve par 4s and two 5s, boasts a long history, and regular visitors included the likes of A.A.Milne and Conan Doyle, drawn by the inspiration of the scenery experiences around the picturesque course.

A friendly welcome greets you at Mullion, one I had already experienced prior to my visit. Normally requiring handicap certificates, something I was not in possession of, I contacted the club’s secretary, who was more than willing to accommodate me.

“Mullion Golf Course was a fabulous test of golf, offering a friendly welcome and atmosphere”

After timing my visit exactly at the time the putting green was being mown, I made my way to the first tee. Unusually, the course starts with a quirky par three, which cuts across the 18th fairway. Fortunately, the course was quiet, and there was no chance of injuring any unsuspecting golfers finishing their round!

From the first tee, to the 18th green, the course condition was impressive. Fairways were tightly cut, the rough (in which I visited often) lush but punishing and greens uniformly quick. The greens are largely flat, with only subtle breaks; I rarely had a putt needing alignment outside the edge of the cup. Putts often did not break as much as expected, but the roll on them was always true. The course demands straight driving. It is acceptable to miss the fairway by a couple of yards, but wayward drives often equal lost balls, something I can certainly relate to. Despite being my first visit, and only hitting two fairways, albeit most missing by feet rather than yards, I returned a respectable 91 (I hold a 24 handicap) on a slightly windy day. Harsher conditions would make the course incredibly tough.

The course moves from good to stunning from hole six onwards. Early holes ease you in to the style of golf required, offering reachable holes, mixed with some blind drives and numerous bunkers to avoid. Hole six, a downhill, 293 yard par four, is the first real test of the day. A driveable hole due to the approximate 80 foot drop, the green comes close to one of the coves the course borders, offering a taster of the vistas you will experience during your round. The seventh brought the only course condition issue; due to heavy rain, a large ‘river’ of water was meandering down half of the fairway, making the landing zone even tougher to hit.

The par four tenth hole is Mullion’s signature hole. The green lies perilously close to the beach, with a steep bank to the right of the green. A tad confusing to work out the fairway direction from the tee, the fairway drops in elevation to the green, adding to the difficulty.

Talking of confusing layouts, as a first time visitor, I struggled at times to find the right tee; for example finding the third, to the entertainment of some members, was difficult. Thanks to some friendly pointing from said members, the problem was solved. Perhaps some more accurate signage would help, along with a greater knowledge of the course. The map provided with the scorecard, along with the course planner, went some way to alleviating the problem.

Off course facilities include a good value restaurant, well stocked pro shop, putting green and practice ‘fairway,’ in the absence of a driving range.

Mullion Golf Course was a fabulous test of golf, offering a friendly welcome and atmosphere, it was a breath of fresh air compared to the often stuffy posh courses golfers often encounter. For the £15 green fee (£30 for adults), it offers great value and entertainment. A great introduction to links golf.

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One response to this post.

  1. Interesting Review – I enjoyed the read

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