Today Lord Clinton, Charles, Leigh and myself visited Budleigh Salterton Golf Course to see the completed course realignment works. A remarkable project and a superb result. The works had been undertaken to enable the South West Coast Path to be re-routed further inland to avoid the eroding cliff edge. The Club negotiated with East Devon Distrct Council, Devon County Council and Natural England in a very positive manner to help the Local Authority move the path onto the edge of the golf course and have incurred significant costs as a result in realigning the course. No compensation has been paid to the Club or Estate. Users of the path will soon no longer take their life into their hands as they walk along the cliff path.
The Golf Club was built by Hon Mark Rolle in 1901. Lord Clinton is President and although formally tenants the Club has a very special relationship with the Estate. It was a pleasure to see the course on such a lovely day and the work that has just been undertaken to help preserve it for future generations. Without doubt one of the finest settings for a golf course in Europe.