18 holes 6653 yards. Par 72.
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 stretches out to over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, although most will agree that it’s a suitably stiff test at 6,650 yards, especially when the wind blows. Even with today’s modern equipment a par score for the top scratch players is never easy.
Above all, this is a great, natural golf course that is largely unchanged from the moment 100 years ago when Harold Hilton pronounced Westward Ho! to be England’s number one competition golf course. RND is pure raw exhilaration and ultimately, the experience of playing a fast running links in a stiff breeze still tests the very best in the game.