The problem which often faces individual golfers or golf tour organisers is trying to combine good golfing with an invigorating recreational break. You don’t, for example, go to the Belfry or to Sunningdale for the sea air !
Those planning a refreshing venue deep in the countryside with either magnificent scenery and / or a spectacular coastal location are always on the lookout for somewhere new within reasonable traveling distance.
One of the less obvious options is a stay at Cornwall’s Camelot Hotel at Bude on the bracing Atlantic coast. What seems to appeal to the golf parties who regularly descend on this very well appointed establishment which is still ably run by the Naylor family is the fact that it is immediately adjacent to a fine links course and is also an ideal base for visits to well known courses in the area including St. Mellion and St. Enodoc.
The hotel is enthusiastically geared towards visiting golfers with dozens of UK golf societies returning year after year for their annual tour, many booking next year’s trip even before they have finished the current one. It has recently launched the Camelot Hotel Golfers Club and it continues to offer golf hotel package discounts in relation to the number of guests staying. For parties of between six and eleven guests, it offers a 5% discount on the published tariff and for groups of 12 or more the discount is 10%.
In line with other promotions, the Camelot will now be giving each group staying for dinner, bed & breakfast a loyalty reward based on 10% of the accommodation tariff charged on the last visit. New golfing groups coming to the hotel are given a welcoming package of gifts worth between £26 and £50 depending on the length of the Dinner, Bed & Breakfast stay. In addition new golfing groups also receive gifts worth £2 per person per night to be presented as prizes on the final evening of their stay. In addition, the Club will present the winner of each group of six or more with an engraved trophy which will be kept in its Trophy Cabinet for competition in future years.
The Camelot sits a mere 50 yards from the Bude & North Cornwall Golf Club which is a traditional seaside links course founded in 1891 and designed by Tim Dunn. It is situated in the centre of the town, close to the sea and beaches. The course is playable all year round and provides spectacular views together with outstanding greens.
St. Enodoc and St. Mellion are two famous Cornish courses which are both within about 33 miles distant and which are both favourites of guests looking to enjoy a fine day’s play.
St. Enodoc is hard by Rick Stein’s Padstow and boasts stunning views over the estuary and out to sea. Founded in 1890 and designed by James Braid, the course uniquely features a 12th Century Church in the middle where Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, is buried. The club also claims to have the highest sand bunker in the world which rises 60 feet above the fairway on the 6th hole. The Church course remains one of the finest links courses in the South West.
St. Mellion Golf and Country Club, by contrast, offers one of the finest parkland courses in Europe. Founded in 1976 and designed by its namesake, the Nicklaus course was the venue for the Benson & Hedges International Open until 1995 and part of the European PGA Tour. Surrounded by the Nicklaus Course, the Kernow Course is a pleasant to play parkland course with wide fairways and lovely views, suitable for all standards of golfer. Guests of the Camelot may use the indoor leisure complex for a small charge.
For anyone looking for a pleasant day away from golf, there are several attractions within easy reach of the Camelot including, naturally, King Arthur’s Tintagel, the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.