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Royal North Devon Golf Club

Official Brochure 2011/2012


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Care South provides nursing and close care at Fremington Manor and Kenwith Castle in North Devon and two other beautiful locations in Somerset and West Sussex. Each setting has been developed around a sympathetically adapted historic house set in mature landscaped grounds, designed to make life pleasant, comfortable and secure for those who live there.

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A well appointed and elegant manor house near Barnstaple, Devon, set in attractive grounds.

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We would like to tell you more about how we care for people in any of these stunning locations. Please call the home manager for an informal chat, an information pack, or to arrange a visit. Alternatively, visit www.care-south.co.uk for more information. Care South, a registered charity based in Dorset, is an experienced provider of high quality residential and nursing care, close care living, and home care across the south of England.


Contents 5 Welcome 6 Our course and its history 9 Tour the course 15 The Professional team and the Pro Shop 16 Tuition 17 Practice facilities 19 Caddies 21 Membership

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Playing categories Coaching for Juniors Praise for RND Visitors and societies Clubhouse and restaurant Weddings and functions How to find us Contact us

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Welcome Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! can rightly claim to be the cradle of English golf. Founded in 1864, it is the oldest golf course in the country and is regarded as the St Andrews of England. The course is as tough as any of the UK’s better-known links and is ranked in Golf Monthly’s Top 100 Course Rankings and it also features in Golf World’s Top 100 courses in the world that every golfer “must play”. Not only is Royal North Devon a great course, it is also a place of huge historical importance. Inside the warmly welcoming clubhouse, the golf museum, honours boards and the club’s top competition trophies are worth a visit on their own and help to tell the story of the game and this remarkable club’s unique place in it.

Many of the great players of the last 100 years were regular competitors at RND, including John Henry Taylor, who won five Open Championships. We are not, however, a club stuck in the past, and a round of golf here is as enjoyable as it has ever been. Our playing surfaces are second to none, boasting year-round fast and true greens, firm tees and tight fairway lies, which require crisply-struck iron shots. This is true golf played out under big skies against a backdrop of crashing surf. The welcome is warm and genuine. If you love links golf, you will surely want to return many times to experience golf as it should be played!

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Our Course and its History Hole 1 (The Burn) 478 yards, par 5 At first glance this hole looks like quite an easy start to the round. However any errant shots will be severely punished by the inescapable burns that criss-cross the hole and the wiry rough to the left of the hole known as FUG! A good tee shot should be aimed at the telegraph pole in the distance and the prevailing wind will bring it back to the centre of the fairway. For the long hitters the green is on in two but be aware that the ditch in front of the green is very much in play the further left you aim. Hole 2 (Baggy) 416 yards, par 4 Regarded by the members as probably the hardest hole on the golf course the drive should be aimed just to the right of the white stone in the fairway.

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There isn’t a lot of bail-out space for this tee shot so swing confidently. The second shot is to a very small upturned saucer of a green. It is a tough approach shot that plays longer than you think so take an extra club! Hole 3 (Crest) 421 yards, par 4 You need to decide where to hit your drive on this tee. Shorter hitters should just aim straight at the bunkers between the two white stones. Longer hitters can clear these bunkers downwind leaving a simple approach, or alternatively hit wide of the traps depending on what side of the green the flag is located. The approach should err on the long side as all the trouble is at the front of the green.


Photograph taken by Jessica Richards

Hole 4 (Cape) 349 yards, par 4 A very daunting tee shot over the massive Cape Bunker, though it is actually less than 200 yards to clear the trap, so aim at the 4 sign and let rip! There is a lot of room on this hole and downwind the green is driveable for the big hitters. The approach shot again should not be left short so play to the heart of the green. Hole 5 (Table) 136 yards, par 3 A real cracker of a par 3, which is fairly short but very tricky. When played into the wind you can need up to four clubs more than usual! Once the ball gets above the green the wind can play havoc with it. There is no bail-out shot here so take a deep breath and trust your swing. There are a lot of very deep,

straight-faced bunkers guarding on all sides the fairly generous but sloping green. Hole 6 (Alp) 406 yards, par 4 Do not be put off by the amazing panoramic views on this stroke index 1 hole. Downwind all the bunkers come into play off the tee, the ones on the left for the short hitters, and the cross fairway bunkers for the bigger hitters. You can’t get to the green out of any of these bunkers so the tee shot should be played down the right side of the fairway, but beware the rushes too far right! The second shot should be played to the left side of the green to avoid the big drop-off to the right. If you go too far left the bank next to the green will kick it back on to the putting surface.

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Tour the Course Hole 7 (Lifeboat) 397 yards, par 4 A daunting hole for the unaccustomed but over the bunker on the right lies half of Devon to hit into. Left is dead with the great sea rushes ready to devour you ball, never to be seen again! The second shot once more needs to be played long, away from all the trouble at the front of the green. It is however important to position your ball on the same level as the flag because this green is treacherous. Hole 8 (Bar) 192 yards, par 3 A testing long par 3, which is nearly always played into a cross wind. A fairly large putting surface is well guarded by bunkers left and right. Most players will

have to land short and run the ball onto the green which is the best way to play the hole. The great sea rushes are there to intimidate but don’t really come into play. Hole 9 (Dell) 497 yards, par 5 There is plenty of room to the right so a long drive down the right side is the order of the day. Big hitters can get there in two however a deep trap awaits anything left short. Anyone laying up needs to know their distances as the green isn’t very deep and has a ridge down the middle from front to back. Being on or around this green doesn’t guarantee an easy two-putt!

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Photograph taken by Tom Williamsen

Tour the Course Continued... Hole 10 (Rush) 373 yards, par 4 On the tee you are greeted by the sight of great sea rushes everywhere and will have to trust us that there is a fairway out there! Aim your drive at the marker post or bail out short right if you don’t hit the ball that far. Hitting the fairway is very rewarding but don’t rest on your laurels as an accurate approach is required to a green with bunkers front and left. Again, err on the long side with your second shot.

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Hole 11 (Appledore) 371 yards, par 4 Another intimidating tee shot with rushes left and right. However the fairway is fairly wide but has many moguls the further down you go, leading to some sloping lies. Aim at the marker post with the tee shot and you will have no problems. The bigger hitters can go a little left of the marker post as the fairway widens out on the left side after about 220 yards. The second shot is played over bunkers guarding the front of the green so you need to know your yardages for the approach.


Photograph taken by Gary Smith

Hole 12 (Trap) 423 yards, par 4 Like the 9th hole there is the chance to open your shoulders and let rip here. But again favour the right side of the hole, as there is acres of room. However you need to avoid Fowler’s Bunker that lurks about 200 yards off the tee on the right side. The second shot is straightforward but with the fast running green sloping from front to back you must have good distance control.

an easy birdie. However after a well-struck tee-shot down the left side of the fairway, you start to see the difficulty of the hole. Probably the smallest green on the course sits about four feet above the fairway and slopes off at all sides, making the second shot almost impossible to keep on the green unless hit perfectly. When you have missed this green, the chip on should be a low running shot that climbs up the steep slope that surrounds the putting surface.

Hole 13 (Lundy) 442 yards, par 4/5 A very short par 5 off the white or ladies’ tees that when standing on the tee you may feel will offer up

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Tour the Course Continued... Hole 14 (Iron Hut) 201 yards, par 3 A great par three, with a ridge running down the right half of the green, from front to back. Again, well guarded by bunkers either lay up short and chip on or try to land the ball just short of the green and allow it to run up into the middle of the putting surface. Hole 15 (Church) 439 yards, par 4 Another good hole for those who like to let rip with the driver. Aim down the left side of the fairway to avoid the bear pit on the right. A semi-blind second

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shot should be played to the centre of the green, dissecting the bunkers guarding the left and right sides. Hole 16 (Punch Bowl) 143 yards, par 3 A slightly raised green slopes off on all sides with deep bunkers ready to catch any wide tee shots. Middle of the green is always a good shot but you need to beware of the subtle undulations when putting.


Hole 17 (Road) 555 yards, par 5 A long tee shot is essential to help with the positioning of the lay-up with the second shot. The lay-up should be played down the left hand side of the hole to leave a shorter and easier pitch shot to the green. The third shot is played over the road and ditch to a green that sits facing you but then runs off to a lower tier at the back. Any pushed or pulled approaches will be gathered up by the bunkers either side.

Hole 18 (Home) 414 yards, par 4 The tee shot should be aimed down the left side to avoid the burn that separates the 1st and 18th fairways. The second shot is then played to a twotiered green guarded at the front by the burn you hit over from the first tee. If you feel that you may struggle to clear the burn the percentage play is to lay up and pitch on.

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The Professional Team & the Pro Shop Head Professional Iain Parker and his team are on hand to cater for all your golfing needs in the Pro Shop. The shop has a wide selection of clubs from TaylorMade, Srixon and Cleveland, which are very competitively priced and it is always worth popping in to see what special offers are currently running. One of the most popular items in the shop is our range of clothing carrying the Royal North Devon logo. Our members love their smart appearance while visitors like to pick up a memento of their visit to one of the world’s most historic courses.

to keep you going, you will find it here. Or if you are playing the course for the first time, pop in for some friendly advice on how to tackle RND and get the most out of your round. Our professionals also offer a custom-fitting service at no extra cost which has become increasingly popular in recent years. This enables the golfer to have a set of clubs built to match their particular swing rather than hoping that a purchase off the shelf is going to suit their game. Repairs and re-grips of existing clubs can also be undertaken to extend their useful life.

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Tuition Royal North Devon offers coaching to all standards of golfers, ranging from those seeking long-term improvement to those wanting a quick fix to a problem that has just occurred out on the course.

and help you plot your way around the course in the way professionals would. Playing lessons can also help coaches see what areas of your game need the most work.

Iain Parker, the Head Professional, Teaching Professional Mike Wilson and assistant professional Ross Daniel are all on hand to offer useful advice and instruction on areas of the game that are causing concern.

There is also cutting-edge video analysis available with the world-renowned V1 software. The system is a great teaching tool and allows you the pupil to see your own set up and swing and understand more easily what we the coaches are trying to put across to you in the lesson. Your lesson is also available for you to take home and review afterwards so that you can remember all the things covered in the lesson and make the most of your practice sessions.

Playing lessons are one of the best ways to improve your scoring on the golf course. We can help you think in a more positive manner, develop a solid pre-shot routine, manage your game more efficiently,

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Practice Facilities Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to play to the best of your ability in order to enjoy the Championship golf course at Royal North Devon to the full? Fortunately we have superb practice facilities available to members looking to work on their game. Several years ago we opened the Pimpley Ground short course, a nine-hole par-3 course which is the perfect place to sharpen up all areas of the short game. Play the Pimpley well on a regular basis and you will quickly see your score and handicap tumble.

practice putting green outside the clubhouse to help you gain familiarity with the pace of the greens and a practice chipping green and practice bunkers down near the first tee. The long game is not overlooked and the large practice ground offers the chance to work on your woods and long irons. As hard as it may be to believe, occasionally the weather does turn nasty even in this idyllic spot and on those occasions our regulars head for the two indoor nets, which are a godsend if it is blowing a gale outside.

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Caddies Royal North Devon is proud to welcome golfers coming from around the world who make the pilgrimage to our links with the aim of seeing where some of the earliest golfing greats learnt their game before enjoying the experience for themselves. Playing England’s oldest course, you get the feeling that here is something really special and a rare opportunity to play golf in a manner and a setting that the inventors of our magnificent sport intended. If this is your first trip to RND, why not make the most of it by employing the services of a caddy from the expert team of Graham Winter, our Caddy Master. Remember, JH Taylor, the five-times Open Champion, started his life here as a caddy, occasionally caddying for Horace Hutchinson, an esteemed golf writer who also learned to play golf over RND’s famous links.

If you have not been here before it is sometimes difficult to know which line to pick or which shot to hit, but a caddie can take all the guesswork out of your round. Nowhere will this be more beneficial than the start of the inward nine – the famous (or infamous) sea rush holes which can be a real round-wrecker for the unwary. We have a number of good caddies who are all playing members and “locals” who can give you details of the history of the club as well as any information on nearby courses and the area. They will also be delighted to show you around the wonderful museum at RND as part of your visit. For more details, email: info@rndgc.co.uk

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Membership Royal North Devon Golf Club currently has membership options open in a variety of categories. Membership rates are extremely attractive and work out to be little more than ÂŁ10 a round if you play once a week, less if you play more regularly. Check out our website, www.royalnorthdevongolfclub. com, for the latest prices. We think you will be pleasantly surprised, especially when you remember membership enables you to play as often as you want on a course with so much pedigree and history and that is widely regarded as one of the best in

Britain. Being a member also affords the chance to play in numerous competitions and to make use of our excellent practice facilities. Our most popular membership is the full sevenday option, but there are other alternatives, such as discounted rates for those living away from the area (Country membership), abroad (Overseas) or for those who wish to play the course in the winter months.

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Membership Continued... Our junior section is one of the strongest in the area and we do everything we can to encourage our younger players. Attractive rates are offered to juniors aged under 18 and to students under the age of 27. In fact, any young golfers up to the age of 26 can benefit with our attractively-priced memberships also available for those aged 18-23 and 24-26.

For more details or to ask for an application form, with pop into the club or call 01237 473817 and speak to the Club Manager, Mark Evans.

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Playing categories Men’s Section The Men play in the North Devon League, a small league of local clubs which is split into two divisions. Competition day for the men is Saturday and this incredibly keen section are never at a loss for opponents to test themselves against or silverware to compete for. Many of the cups on offer date back at least several decades, with one of the most prestigious being the Kashmir Cup, a 36-hole medal event held at the end of August played off scratch. Like many of the events held at Royal North Devon, this competition is an open event and therefore golfers from other clubs are permitted to enter. While the Kashmir Cup dates back to the 1920s, the Club Silver Medal held the preceding Friday was first contested in 1864. This really is the club’s premier event and is open to members of RND only. 24 www.royalnorthdevongolfclub.co.uk

The Bideford Bay Foursomes is a two-day event held in early April which draws the biggest field of any Foursomes event in the whole of Europe, with more than 600 people competing every year. Hosted in conjunction with nearby Saunton Golf Club, competitors play 18 holes on one course on the Saturday, followed by 18 holes on the other course on the Sunday. Played as a stableford format, the event dates back more than 50 years,with prizes for the best pair overall and the mixed pair with the most points. It is an amazing event, with the first group going out at 7am and every six or seven minutes thereafter without a break right up until the final group tees off at around 4pm.


Photograph taken by Gary Smith

Veteran’s Section The North Devon Veterans have a membership of more than 100. This group of golfers aged 60 and over meet on Tuesdays as a club day and also play matches against local clubs and societies. The normal Tuesday competition are on a Roll Up format with tee-times commencing at 8am.

Monthly qualifiers are held from March to October together with several cup competitions also spread throughout the golfing year. The section also competes in the Emerton Court Cup which is open to all golf clubs in Devon but is restricted to members over 60 years of age. Format of play is a ten-man team playing four-ball better-ball.

The club enters a team in the North Devon Veterans’ League with all the participating clubs taking turns to host a round of the event which is then followed by a very sociable get-together.

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Playing Categories Continued... Ladies Section The Ladies have a thriving membership which numbers more than 100. Weekly competitions are played on Thursdays between 8am and 11am with starting sheets being posted on the ladies’ noticeboard. RND has three teams who play inter-club county matches – Still Cup, President’s Trophy and Sheelah Creasy Bowl – plus a team which competes in the North Devon Friendly League. There are also a number of friendly matches against other clubs – both ladies and mixed.

One of the highlights of the year comes in August, which sees the two-day Ladies’ Open Meeting with scratch and handicap prizes each day plus one for the winner on aggregate. This is an extremely friendly group who are always delighted to welcome new members. If you would like any more information or are thinking about joining please feel free to get in touch via the contact page on the club’s website.

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Playing Categories Continued... Junior Section The Junior Section at Royal North Devon is one of the largest and most successful in the county. Many juniors compete in weekend competitions at the club and we have many successful players at county and local level. The relaxed, fun atmosphere, the fantastic practice facilities and coaching available makes RND the best place to play and learn golf whatever your age or ability.

which always give the Juniors a chance to lower their handicap and win prizes ranging from bronze trophies to Mars bars! The Junior section, managed by Gary Smith, has a team that competes in the North Devon Junior League and has been very successful in recent years. PGA Professionals Iain Parker and Mike Wilson, together with assistant Ross Daniel, offer regular coaching to youngsters at weekends.

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Coaching for Juniors The PGA Professionals at the club work actively with the Junior members providing coaching sessions on Saturdays and Sundays with the aim of producing at least two County standard players each year. Two coaching sessions take place on Saturday mornings for an hour from 9am-10am and 10am11am and again on Sundays from 10am-11am and 11am-12pm. Sundays is the chance for our really young golfers to shine, and it is a thrill to see juniors as young as six pick up a club for the first time, the first

step in what we hope will be a lifetime’s commitment to the game. The cost of these sessions is just £2 per child. The Professionals also work actively with the council and the local schools to introduce golf to the wider regional community while the club, with the help of the Golf Foundation’s initiatives, aims to maximise the achievements of the Juniors by allowing them to participate in challenges that test them in all areas of the game.

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Coaching for Juniors Continued... A nine-hole Par 3 course fondly known as the Pimpley Ground was opened in 2005 with the aim of encouraging juniors to play and enjoy golf whilst focussing from 75 yards on their short games and developing touch and feel.

It has proved to be incredibly popular and is one of the reasons why our juniors have competed with such success against their peers from other clubs across the county.

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Praise For RND Because of its place in golfing history people come from all over the world to play at Royal North Devon and the vast majority speak in glowing terms of the warm welcome they received and the unforgettable memories the day left them with. Don’t take our word for it, check out the comments made by people in the guest book section of our website, www.royalnorthdevongolfclub.co.uk Below are just a few examples: “Fantastic course and enjoyable round made all the better by Patrick Hamilton; an RND member, letting me join his three-ball. Thoroughly enjoyed my round and would definitely make a point of coming back here to play another round.” Kristian Fulljames

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“I would just like to thank you for your hospitality on Sunday. Everyone was delighted with the relaxed, warm welcome they received and the golf course was truly magnificent.” Ian Rosher “RND members threw open the door during a busy Saturday and graciously included me in the club’s weekend competition. From the informed course commentary, the club history, the after-round drink and tour they provided of the wonderful “museum”, it is a day I’ll long remember. RND is a special club and course.” Jonathan Cummings “If you like links golf, you’ll love RND. If you don’t like links golf, you should come and give RND a try (because you’ll probably be converted). You can


probably guess from that opening comment that I’ve fallen in love with RND. Our whole experience was first class, the condition of the course, the views, the friendliness of the staff and members and the atmosphere that oozes history (the clubhouse is a golf historian’s dream). As a visitor, you get the real sense that RND is saying “we know we have a fabulous club and we are delighted to share it with you”. Without doubt, one of the very best day’s golf of my life.” Richard Ager “I was a country member at RND in 2002 and 2003 during a stint in the UK. I can’t speak highly enough of the golf course, the members and the overall

experience. I made a point of bringing every golfer who visited me from Australia here and without exception they also fell in love with the place.” Glenn Bedford

“The extent of golf memorabilia has to be seen to be believed, the views from the windows are fantastic but most importantly the welcome to visitors is both warm and sincere and you get the feeling that the members are proud to show off their fabulous golf club. The whole experience was so complete for us that we decided to join as country members and are very much looking forward to many more happy visits to this most glorious of golf clubs.” Sam Ball

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David Fletcher Electrical David Fletcher Electrical is based in Northam and provides electrical services to Bideford, Barnstaple, Torrington, South Molton and surrounding areas. Fully compliant with Part P and BS7671 all electrical works are certificated, workmanship is guaranteed for 12 months and warranties are available. A member of Elecsa. Having been in the electrical industry for nearly twenty years working for some of the larger contractors in North Devon, David started his own business in 2006 and offers all types of services including domestic, commercial and industrial. David says, "Making an electrical circuit work is only a part of the job, it's ensuring that when a fault develops that the installation can deal with it safely and without damage or injury. It's the vital safety net that can save a life" David Fletcher Electrical offers: • Electrical installation condition reports • Portable appliance testing • Additional lighting/ sockets • Full rewires • Central heating controls • Smoke alarm installation • Garden lighting and power • Fault finding and repairs • Consumer unit replacement, bonding and earthing upgrades. You can ring David on 01237 479877 or 07818 282026 to discuss your electrical needs and get a free quotation and advice. Alternatively you can email: dfelectrical@btinternet.com


Visitors and societies We are proud to welcome visitors and societies to our club, many of whom are intrigued by the possibility of walking down the same fairways that were once frequented by some of the game’s early golfing greats. But having been drawn to us by the history of the place, visitors are then enthralled by the opportunity to take on a golfing challenge which comes around all too rarely. This is links golf at its finest on a course which is always kept in outstanding shape by our expert green-keeping team.

We like to be as flexible as we can, so rather than offering set packages to societies, we ask organisers to contact us with their specific golfing and culinary needs. Opt to play 18 or 36 holes, enjoy breakfast on arrival, soup and sandwiches, a ploughman’s lunch or a three-course meal. Whatever your group’s preference we will do our very best to accommodate. Your satisfaction is our aim and it is something we often achieve, judging by the favourable comments we receive and the number of golfers who come back to visit us time and again.

Come and bring a society to experience the thrill of playing the game of golf like its inventors intended.

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Clubhouse and Restaurant The clubhouse at Royal North Devon is the perfect place to relax for golfers, visitors and societies who can enjoy a quiet drink, tasty snack or more elaborate catering. For students of the game, the clubhouse is worth a visit in its own right. Dating back to the late 19th century, it was actually opened in 1888. Our clubhouse is a charming old wooden structure, full of character and steeped in history. The changing facilities however,

you will be pleased to hear, are modern, spacious and comfortable. There is a single large bar which can accommodate up to 200 people for big occasions. It is well stocked with a wide range of wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages, so pick a spot to sit and unwind. Why not chat with the extremely friendly membership here at RND, or alternatively, why not take a journey back in time?

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Clubhouse and Restaurant Continued... There are not many clubs around the world that boast a museum within their walls. Royal North Devon is proud of its heritage and has on display a club which former caddie, playing member and president JH Taylor used to win one of his five Open Championship titles. One look at the honours boards and you feel you are entering a bygone age and some of the names on show will be well known to students of the game the world over.

Food is available from relatively early in the morning and there are plenty of options available. Visitors can enjoy a tasty and filling snack in the bar or dine in style with a sit-down three-course meal in the restaurant. The restaurant can hold around 130 people and offers a wide choice with a set menu and daily specials board.

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Weddings and Functions Royal North Devon Golf Club is the perfect venue for wedding receptions and functions. There is a cosy and relaxed atmosphere in the clubhouse, perfectly complemented by the tastefully refurbished restaurant where guests can dine in modern comfort. Then there is the course, the coast and the Atlantic Ocean to act as a spectacular natural backdrop to what should be some splendid wedding photographs. As with so much as Royal North Devon, our watchword is flexibility. We much prefer you to approach us with your ideas for what exactly would make

a perfect day for you and we will do our utmost to ensure that that dream is turned into reality. Be advised, though, that because of our busy golfing calendar there are not a great many dates available throughout the year to enable us to host wedding parties. Just as importantly - to us and to you – we go for quality over quantity, so the number of receptions may be moderate, but the day will be as it should be – one you will remember for all the right reasons for the rest of your life. If this appeals to you, then it is most advisable to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Weddings and Functions Continued... Devon truly is a delightful spot, and if you are unfamiliar with our county you could not wish to pick a better place as a honeymoon destination.

Call 01237 473817 and speak to our General Manager Mark Evans about your needs. You will find Royal North Devon flexible, welcoming and eager to please.

Our facilities also lend themselves to hire for functions, from rugby and football club dinners to Rotary Club functions and from birthday parties to wakes. Our excellent catering team ensures that your guests will leave satisfied.

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How to find us Royal North Devon Golf Club is situated at Westward Ho! in North Devon, three miles north of Bideford. For satellite navigation purposes, our postcode is EX39 1HD.

Public transport The nearest railway station is Barnstaple, which is around ten miles or a 20-minute taxi ride away.

Directions The Golf Club is signposted well and easily located. Follow signposts to North Devon from the M5 at Junction 27 and then the A361, or if coming from the West follow “The Atlantic Highway�, the A39 towards Bideford and ultimately Westward Ho!

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Contact Us We look forward to welcoming you to Royal North Devon Golf Club. If you have any questions or would like further information then please do not hesitate to contact us. Royal North Devon Golf Club Golf Links Road Westward Ho! Bideford Devon EX39 1HD

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Telephone Clubhouse: 01237 473817 Pro Shop: 01237 477598 Fax: 01237 423456 E-mail: info@rndgc.co.uk Website: www.royalnorthdevongolfclub.co.uk


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