November 2013: The six courses that comprise England’s Atlantic Links have been named in National Club Golfer’s ranking of ‘Britain’s Top 100 Courses under £100’ that appears in its December issue.
Saunton’s championship East Course in Devon is placed in fourth position, and is closely followed by Cornwall’s St Enodoc in sixth slot. Somerset’s Burnham & Berrow, which acts as a gateway to the Atlantic Links trail that is set against the dramatic backdrop of the north Atlantic coast, is named at number 20.
Saunton West, ranked 37, Trevose in north Cornwall at 53 and Royal North Devon at 55 means that all the Atlantic Links courses come in the top 60 of the ranking.
Established in 2008, England’s Atlantic Links is now recognized as one of the leading golfing destinations in the UK. The offering is becoming less of the string of hidden gems that it once was and is now being seen as a credible alternative to the famous links of Scotland and Ireland.
Indeed all six courses appear are frequently called upon to host top amateur championships, further testament to the quality of these courses.
The Atlantic Links’ combined appeal of history, tradition and variety is complemented by an array of off-course attractions such as pretty coastal towns like Clovelly and Ilfracombe in Devon whilst historic towns like Weston-super-Mare and the spa town of Bath, near Burnham & Berrow, are ideal destinations to round off a golfing adventure. The region’s rich culture features the inimitable Barbara Hepworth Museum and Tate St Ives, displaying the very best in modern and local art, and its gastronomic delights like Rick Stein’s seafood restaurants are not to be missed either.
In terms of travel, the nearby M5 motorway and A39 “Atlantic Highway”, and international airports at London, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter and Newquay, ensure easy accessibility for all visitors.