Thursday, 10 June 2010

New Kernow St Mellion Course Opens

Word is out that St Mellion have just opened their new Kernow Course after two years and a couple of million quid to boot.

And it sounds much more than a quick face lift. There's nine brand new holes which have been added to the best nine holes of the original course.

The Par 70, 18-hole Kernow Course now complements the mighty Nicklaus Signature Course, which also winds around St Mellion’s spectacular wooded valleys. And is a right pigging b***** of a challenge, make no mistake.

Standout holes include the new 1st, a tricky par 5, which demands an accurate first tee shot of the day, and the new 6th, the hardest on the course, which features an unusual approach to the green over a traditional ‘Cornish hedge’. There is a brand-new sequence of holes to start the back nine, where the 10th, 11th and 12th, while relatively short, all ask golfers to make a series of exciting risk-and-reward decisions. But not all is brand new – the picturesque all-or-nothing par 3 14th hole, an old favourite featuring a drop shot across a lake, still adds its charm to the latter part of the round.

I've played the Nicklaus Signature course, and it's a grand course. So the idea of being able to play two quality courses in one great spot really appeals. Better see if I can blag a round before too long.


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