2010 saw the opening of the re-named and re-designed Kernow Course. The first course designed by J. Hamilton Stutt opened in 1976. The Old Course as it was then called opened and quickly became a must play course and by 1979 was included amongst the elite by it’s inclusion on the European Tour with the hosting of the B&H International Open. This was followed by 2 further tournaments as it played host to the TPC, which included a win for Bernhard Langer in 1983.
In 2008 work began on the £20-million re-development of St Mellion, an integral part of this was the enhancement of the original course to improve existing holes add this to the construction of 9 new holes to offer a really exciting new course and so the Kernow Course was born. The course is a perfect foil for the Nicklaus Course as it is just less than 6,000 yards and although danger lurks with well placed bunkers and water hazards it also offers generous fairways and greens. There are several stand out holes but the run of holes from 6 to 9 will both test and excite the golfer in equal measure.
The Nicklaus Signature Course is amongst the finest golf courses anywhere and was also the first European course personally designed by, Jack Nicklaus “I knew it was going to be good, but not this good....it’s everything I hoped for and more...St Mellion is potentially the finest golf course in Europe”.
Nicklaus’ belief proved to be well founded as the course went on to become a stalwart of the European Tour, hosting the B&H International Open on 6 occasions, The English Seniors Open twice. Even for Jack Nicklaus the course is unique, although not long at 6,300 yards it truly benefits from the exceptional SW topography. Nicklaus inspired by his many visits to Augusta created the UK version of Amen Corner with the 10th-13th holes quite brilliant both to play and to look at. The 2 stand out holes have to be the signature hole 11th, a daunting but stunning par 3, which is a blend of the 12th and 16th at Augusta and the par 5 12th hole which is magical. Both of these holes have been voted the best Par 3 & best Par 5 in the UK. The course has also been a regular fixture on the UK Top 100.