Top: Looking back down the 2nd hole. Above: Looking out to sea at the Par 3, 15th hole
1st is a great opening hole6th known as the HimalayasThe beautiful 7th hole
Day Two and Iím making the 40-minute drive from Trevose over to St Enodoc. Itís been 25 years since I was last here and my palms really are sweating with anticipation. Itís another glorious Cornish day and the drive takes me through some beautiful countryside. Iím slightly ashamed to admit it but today I couldnít care less. Iím a man on a mission. Once through the gate and signed-in Iím off to the first tee to take a glimpse and itís a stunning view: the golden fairways that funnel through the dunes with green vegetation springing up here and there and the marker post on the brow of the hill in the distance.
I hit some balls to warm up and Iím on the tee at 8.40am ready for my 8.49am tee-off time. I peg up and with a swish of the new Adams Super S Speedline driver Iím testing Iím off. Itís not until after you have hit your second shot and reach that marker post that you can see the sea and today itís there in all its splendour. There are not many places nor days in England when the sea looks the same azure colour as the Caribbean, but today is one of them and the white sails of boats bobbing out to sea from the harbour add an air of blissful tranquillity.
The members of St Enodoc have much to be proud of, among them the current greenkeeper Ė heís done a wonderful job here. The greens are in perfect condition and like yesterday at Trevose they sparkle like emeralds amid the sand.
I love the sense of solitude you experience on some of the holes at St Enodoc. Indeed itís not until the ninth that you get to see an expanse of land Ė you mainly play through the dunes and the two opening holes and the famous sixth with its enormous bunker carved into the side of a dune known as the Himalayas are perfect examples of this. Position off the tee is all-important here. Itís a thinking manís course and when the wind blows this 6,547-yarder becomes a monster and between the wind, sand dunes, undulating fairways, streams, ponds and bunkers, you may need to don your Mensa cap.
Again its tough to pick out individual holes. Yes, the sixth gets a lot of accolades, but I love the opening and closing holes to each nine. All the par-3s are strong holes, the second, third, seventh and twelfth are great par-4s and the par-5 16th is a fantastic hole Ė if you can take your eyes off of those stunning views out across the River Camel, Daymer Bay and the many secluded white sandy beaches.
The original letter from James Braid to the committee sits proudly in the entrance of the clubhouse. His design re-routed some of the original holes around the church when he came back in 1922 to design the eighth hole. I think itís fitting that there should be a church sitting in the middle of St Enodoc. Apart from golfers needing all the divine intervention they can get on that loop of holes, Iím sure when the Good Lord rested on the seventh day he couldíve done with a game of golf and he could not have picked many better places to play than on this great links.
St Enodoc Church at the 10thThe 16th is a fantastic holeLooking back down the 17th
All golf photography taken on the day of play © James Mason