With two distinct coastlines, one facing the Atlantic Ocean and the other overlooking the English Channel, Devon has plenty of attractive golf courses to explore.
However, the county also stands out from the rest of the south west because of its inland courses, some of which overlook dramatic natural scenery, not least those in the National Park of Dartmoor. If you are used to playing on the Costa Del Sol or the Algarve, then golf in Devon cannot necessarily guarantee the sun to be shining. But, it can promise the exhilarating experience playing a round of golf in a unique environment that matches anything to be found in southern Europe. For a golf resort in the UK where golfers can enjoy in perfect scenery, why look at anywhere other than Devon?
One of the top luxury golf resort destinations in Devon is Bovey Castle. Designed in the 1920s, it is located between the villages of Moretonhampstead and Lettaford in the heart of the National Park. A truly stunning 18-hole championship course, it was first devised to match the splendour of Gleneagles and Turnberry and, by the time it opened in 1930, it had certainly achieved that aspiration. The golf course architect was J F Abercromby, a highly regarded course designer of the twentieth century, and his skill can be seen to this day.
The River Bovey runs by the luxury golf resort and it is an almost ever present feature of the first few holes. The use of this natural feature in the course design is what Bovey Castle is all about. Although you may find that your ball ends up in the river, it is not deep or wide and therefore your ball can be retrieved without much fuss. The third and sixth holes are a particular delight to play and involve plenty of potential water traps, despite both being deceptively easy par threes. The seventh is named after the Open Championship winning Henry Cotton who listed it as among his favourite holes to play in the whole of the UK. It, too, features the river as it meanders its way through the plush estate.
Although the course is firmly established as one of the best places to play golf in Devon, that is not the only reason to visit the Castle. A golf resort that UK visitors can all truly enjoy, it provides a fully-equipped and modern clubhouse plus a driving range, a golfing academy and a brasserie for meals and snacks. Indeed, luxury golf packages can easily be combined with stays at Bovey Castle’s excellent hotel, making it an ideal choice for corporate golf days, for example.
Rated as a 5-star hotel, Bovey Castle features a luxuriously appointed spa and a fine dining restaurant, named the Great Western. There are 60 bedrooms in total, all of which have been individually styled to match the splendour of the manor house. Many of the rooms overlook the golf course and afford wider views of the stunning natural scenery that only Dartmoor can provide.
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