Situated just ten miles north of Plymouth, on Roborough Down within the Dartmoor National Park; the course has extensive views across the moors and across the Tamar Valley to Cornwall. Considered by many to be one of the South West's best courses, it is a delightful 18 hole course with great character, that is testing yet fair to all standards of golfer.
The club was founded in 1904 and the present course was designed by Herbert Fowler. The course is built on the site of the old Yeoland Consuls mine workings, and is renowned for a variety of interesting ravines caused by the past mining activities; these natural features have been used to enhance the degree of difficulty of several of the holes. With fairways lined by gorse and heather, and with fast and true greens, the Par 71, SSS 71 course provides a challenge for all golfers.
Henry Longhurst began his long love affair with golf here; in his book 'My Life and Soft Times', he recalls the time at Yelverton in 1920 when he was first introduced to the game - "...I was hooked for life. A set of three or four clubs was procured for me from the Pro at Yelverton, who also gave me a lesson, and thus it was on this charming heath-and heather course that I hit my first 'proper' shot at golf".
The course has hosted many top quality competitions over the years, most notably the annual South West of England Open Winter Foursomes; many Professional golfers are among the competitors who brave the winter weather in what is always an exciting and keenly contested event.
The course drains well in the winter, when the leats that once provided Plymouth with its water supply, are again filled with water. Being situated on natural moorland, the course is blessed with a wide variety of fauna and flora, with rare orchids and eyebrights found along its fairways, and buzzards and Dartford warblers frequently seen overhead.
The setting is truly stunning, set high on the edge of Dartmoor, 600ft. above sea level. The panoramic views of the dramatic countryside rival Gleneagles for beauty.
Even if the golf is tough you'll feel invigorated after a round on this most natural of courses.
The present layout bears many similarities with Walton Heath, with whom it shares the architect Herbert Fowler, and many of the Surrey heathland courses. Where it differs is its lack of trees which struggle to survive high up on Dartmoor, unlike its Surrey cousins; gorse and heather that line the fairways more than make up for the lack trees.
The course is a challenge to even the finest players; not long by modern standards, the course still manages to test every club in the bag, especially in winter when the course often plays its best.
The greens are normally fast running and firm, testing players skill and judgment to the full. The layout rewards bold play and is not for the faint hearted, with long carries to both fairways and greens. It is also a thinking mans course with trouble seemingly everywhere, especially near the end of a good round. If you beat your handicap at Yelverton you will have played well.
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