The Atlantic Links courses of Saunton East, St Enodoc and Burnham & Berrow have all been named in the latest Golf World UK Magazine’s GB&I Top 100 course ranking whilst the remaining links that make up this premier golfing destination, namely Saunton West, Royal North Devon and Trevose, are included
in the second 100.
Saunton East in Devon is highest on the list at number 27 and is closely followed by Cornwall’s St Enodoc at 35, up three places from the last ranking, with Burnham & Berrow in Somerset coming in at number 79.
“To have three out of the six Atlantic Links courses featured in Golf World’s prestigious new ranking and the other three courses making it into the second 100 is a huge endorsement for us as a golfing destination. This is especially so as the second 100 has been recognised as of a far higher calibre than in years gone by given the rise of a number of magnificent new courses and the improvement of some of the established ones,” commented Peter McMullen, general manager of Saunton Golf Club set on the North Devon coast.
Further endorsement of all six courses in the Atlantic Links comes on a regular basis from the R&A and England Golf, who often approach them to host the major national championships. It was announced recently for example that Saunton has been bestowed the honour of staging the English Amateur Championship in 2014 whilst neighbouring Royal North Devon will host the Men’s English County Finals as part of their 150 year celebrations in the same year.
The Atlantic Links was established back in 2007 when the five clubs agreed to market themselves as the premier links trail in the south west of England. Since then the offering has proved itself to be a viable alternative to the links groupings on offer in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
England’s Atlantic Links not only comprises of some of the oldest and most stunning links in the country, but still offers amazing value for money with green fees averaging out at around just £70 over the winter and summer seasons.
Located amid the wild and unadulterated backdrop of north Atlantic coastline, all six courses offer challenging and exhilarating golf in a temperate micro climate and have now firmly established themselves as one of the most prestigious links destinations in the UK.
The courses’ combined appeal of history, tradition and variety is complemented by numerous off-course activities along the Atlantic coastline from sea sports to trekking, gardens to museums, culture to gastronomy as well as charming fishing villages to market towns.
In terms of travel, the nearby M5 motorway and A39 “Atlantic Highway”, and international airports at Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter and Newquay, ensure easy accessibility for all visitors.
For further information on England’s Atlantic Links, visit www.atlantic-links.co.uk.