18 holes 6503 yards off whites, 6243 yards off yellows. Par 72, S.S.S. 72.
Venue of the Benson and Hedges International Open 1990-1995, the Nicklaus course has absolutely stunning scenery and some fantastic and memorable holes. A little bit American in its design, you can see the Nicklaus influence. Plenty of water and tumbling rocky streams abound.
The first hole is relatively straightforward with a green at the bottom of a hill round to the right. From then on anything offline is punished. Every hole is memorable for one reason or another, but the 5th – a carry over water to fairway and then again to green – plus holes 11, 12, and 13 stand out amongst a stunning layout.
The walks between green and tee are quite long and the staff recommend buggies. But if you like scenery and you’re in no hurry, take the walk.
Be very sure what you’re taking on if you play off the white tees as they add a significant extra challenge on some holes.
18 holes 5782 yards par 68. S.S.S. 68.
Originally designed and set out by J Hamilton Stutt in 1976, it soon became recognised as one of the finest courses in the South West, playing host to several pro events.
With the arrival of the Nicklaus Signature Course in 1988, the Kernow course was somewhat overshadowed until in 2008/9 it was completely redeveloped, incorporating nine of the original holes, then extended and modernised with nine exciting new holes. With wider fairways, larger greens and spectacular views the Kernow course is a wonderful complement to the Nicklaus.
The new layout includes the 7th, a par three measuring over 200yds, followed by a stunning new 530yd par 5, while the outstanding 179 yd par three over a chasm has been incorporated as the new 14th hole.