On the north Cumbrian coast, in England's remote northwest,
Silloth is an exceptional links blessed by the design
hands of Willie Park, Jr., and later Alister MacKenzie.
After the club cleared more than 90 acres of forest under
the leadership of course manager Ian MacMillian, it became
the purest heathland specimen in Britain and breathed
new life into an amazing Harry Colt design.
An especially dry and brittle links on the English Channel
overshadowed by regional neighbors Rye, Royal Cinque Ports
and Royal St. George’s, its six best holes stand
equal to any in England.
While Saunton’s East course is commonly considered
the best links course not on the Open rota, its little
heralded sibling, the West, completed by Frank Pennink
in 1974, is a superb layout in its own right.
A marvelous downland course along the cliffs of the Norfolk
coast, it offers the kind of sweeping panoramas so rare
in English golf.
Walton Heath (New):
Ever since the members voted to lengthened a half dozen
holes, they now consider the stretch from Nos. 5 through
14 on the New, which originally dates to 1907, equal to
the best parts of their world famous Old course.
One of the best courses in East Anglia, the par may be
only 68, but the profusion of gorse, and the coastal breezes
make this J. H. Taylor design, just a mile from the coast,
as tough as they come.
An elevated links on the sloping seaside cliffs of Cornwall’s
north coast, it remains virtually unchanged—with
more than a dozen blind drives—from when it was
designed by five-time Open Champion James Braid in 1927.
From Herbert Fowler’s limited but impressive repertoire,
the course can only blame its low-key location in Cheshire
for its lack of attention. If it were in Surrey it would
be on every golfer’s must-play list.
On the coast of Hampshire, next to the Isle of Wight,
Hayling is a special links touched up by Tom Simpson after
World War II that deserves far more credit for its unusual
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