St Mellion Kernow course re-opens

Refurbished course compliments the one that Jack built!

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Wed, 9 Jun 2010

St Mellion Kernow course re-opens

A two-year, £2 million investment by Crown Golf has resulted in the opening of the new par-70 Kernow Course at St Mellion International Resort, complementing the Jack Nicklaus Signature which has staged several European Tour event.

With nine new holes designed by course architect Alan Leather and knitted among nine of the best from the original Old Course, this comprehensive redevelopment is set to boost visitor numbers to Cornwall and to the resort near Saltash.

Hundreds of new trees have been planted 250,000 tonnes of earth have been moved to provide a fresh golfing challenge which, while more benign than the Nicklaus, still has teeth of its own.
The new opening hole is a tricky par-5, which demands an accurate first tee shot of the day, and the new sixth lives up to its demanding reputation featuring an unusual approach to the green over a traditional ‘Cornish hedge’.

A new sequence of holes to starts the back nine, where the 10, 11 and 12, while relatively short, all ask risk-or-reward questions. The picturesque par-3 14th hole, is an old favourite featuring a shot across a lake, while the uphill, short 16th demands precision from the tee.
St Mellion’s golf operations manager, David Moon, is looking forward to the new influx of golfers keen to try out the new Kernow Course.

“It has certainly undergone some spectacular changes. Golfers hit the ball further now, so our new golf course is longer and a little tighter, and there are some unique and memorable hazards to overcome. "

“We think that The Kernow Course and The Nicklaus Signature Course now combine to create one of the UK’s finest single-resort golfing experiences,” he says.

The Kernow costs £35 per round, with £50 set for the Nicklaus course. For further information visit  www.st-mellion.co.uk.