A Tantalizing Trail of Ancient Links in South West England.
England’s Atlantic Links, a collection of six ancient championship links courses in South West England, is a tantalizing trail set against the dramatic backdrop of the north Atlantic Coast. Together these legendary, award-winning links have firmly established themselves as one of England’s premier golfing destinations.
Despite the premier quality of these layouts, green fees are moderately-priced ensuring excellent value for money whilst the combined appeal of the history, tradition and quality of the Atlantic Links courses is complemented by numerous off-course attractions in the area.
Charming coastal towns like Clovelly and Ilfracombe in Devon and pretty fishing villages like Port Isaac (where the popular TV series, Doc Martin, is filmed), Rock and Padstow can be found along the north Cornish coast. Historic towns the spa town of Bath, near Burnham & Berrow, and ancient Stonehenge are also ideal places to round off a golfing adventure.
The region’s rich culture features the inimitable Barbara Hepworth Museum and Tate St Ives, displaying the best in modern and local art, the celebrated Eden Project and fascinating Lost Gardens of Heligan whilst outdoor activities such as surfing, walking, cycling and horse riding are all readily available.
Recently the South West has become known for its gastronomic delights thanks to an abundance of seafood and local produce. TV celebrity chef Rick Stein for example has put Padstow firmly on the map for excellent seafood. Also on offer are Michelin-starred restaurants, real English ales and traditional pub fayre.
The South West offers a range of hotels, from character to seaside hotels such as Saunton Sands Hotel and delightful B&Bs set in unspoiled countryside whilst Trevose also offers on-site, self-catering accommodation.
In terms of travel, the Atlantic Links are easily accessed from international airports at Bristol, Exeter, London Heathrow and Gatwick and via the M4 and M5 motorways.