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South Devon’s top five golf courses

Published: 8th Apr 2015

Many people who visit hotels in Torquay are golf lovers and we just wish we were given a pound every time we were asked to recommend a local course – because that would probably mean we’d be able to provide free accommodation for all!

So with spring finally here and the weather taking an upward turn we thought we’d share five local courses which are sure to excite any keen golfer.


Dartmouth Golf & Country Club

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club is one of the best golf courses in Devon and it’s also a luxurious leisure resort. It’s only a short drive from our hotel here in Torquay and is sure to challenge any golfer.

Each of the two 18 hole courses at the club were designed by Jeremy Pern and are open all year round.

The wide fairways and fantastic greens all stnd up to USPGA Championship standards and the course has even been labelled one of the top 100 hidden gems in Britain by a top golfing magazine.

Bigbury Golf Course

The stunning, even jawdropping, cliff top course at Bigbury is certain to provide a memorable day of golf.

The club is famously friendly, members are welcoming to visitors and although the course is challenging it’s also a forgiving one. Its 18-holes cover 6,000 yards, which should be covered in 70 strokes if you play to par.

The course also offers incredible views in every direction, from Dartmoor in the north all the way out to sea towards Burgh Island. 

Thurlestone Golf Course

Thurlestone is based in the beautiful South Hams, and its 18 hole course runs along the coast of Bigbury Bay.

It has a mixture of cliff top holes and links golf and the fabulous views are visible from every tee.

Dainton Park Golf Club

Dainton Park is one of the biggest golf courses in South Devon and is spread over 125 acres of rolling parkland.

The mature and impressive 18 hole course offers elevated tees with grand views towards Dartmoor National Park and the South Hams, while the course’s clubhouse is an award winning one which does an excellent job of refreshing you after a round.

Stover Golf Club

The plans for Stover were drawn up by five times British open champion James Braid and as a result it’s generally accepted as one of the best courses in the whole of the South West.

Set in more than 200 acres of parkland it offers some of the most picturesque holes in the county. Each hole is surrounded by miles of mature woodlands and waterways – which have been part of the course since its creation in 1894.


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