East Devon Golf Club given high status!
PUBLISHED: 14:51 07 January 2011
THE East Devon Golf Club has been listed amongst the top one hundred golf clubs across the country.
The club has been ranked 61st in the top 100 courses across England on the website www.top100golfcourses.co.uk.
Secretary/Manager Julian Reynolds is understandably delighted with the news. He says: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received this status. It does act as, what we feel is deserved recognition, for something we have known for a long time – that we really do have one of the finest courses in the West Country. That was something we used to be rather pleased to keep as something of a secret but with this recognition now it is clear that we are going to have to share the status with the wider golfing community, something we are of course, delighted, and honoured, to be able to do! The ranking is also testimony to the wonderful work carried out by our head green keeper Paul Newcombe and the very active and equally hard-working grounds committee.”
The climb of seventy places to 61st in 2011 means that the Club has achieved a higher rise up the rankings than any of the other top one hundred clubs!
As for the future, and indeed any further climb up the charts, Julian Reynolds says: “We are constantly working to improve still further, the experience for the golfer both on, and off the course. We have a regular programme of year-on-year improvement and we shall continue to follow that, and hopefully that will be reflected in further climbs up that list of the top one hundred clubs.”
The East Devon Club is certainly in exalted company with its listing for the top three course are, first Royal Berkdale, second Royal St George and third, Sunningdale.
Situated on the cliff top above Budleigh Salterton, at the western end of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, the Club commands magnificent views along the coast.
On a clear day Berry Head is visible to the south west and to the east the high point of the distant Portland Bill in Dorset can be seen 35 miles away.
At 6231 yards, it is not a long course, but offers a fair and interesting test of golf that requires accurate shot-making in order to score well.
The fairways have been cut through profusion of heather and gorse and, according to Peter Alliss; the 16th tee provides ‘the best view in golf’.
The club currently has 650 playing members. There is a splendid website to be viewed at www.edgc.co.uk where prospective visitors to the club can get all the information they require.