But the latest news from the US eastern seaboard and Brewster's coastline reveals a less happy resemblance with Budleigh Salterton's. I read that a massive storm combined with surging tides this month has ravaged beaches along Cape Cod Bay from Provincetown to Brewster, decimating protective dunes, ruining paved parking lots, and endangering coastal homes.
Above: Sunset at Paines Creek, Brewster Photo credit: Byron Cain
Here in Budleigh that beautiful stretch of the shoreline along which the South West Coast Path runs has been regularly falling victim to natural erosion for many years. Walkers are warned to keep away from the cliff edge, and I feel just a little bit nervous as I stand there to take my amazing photos.
say Club spokesmen. "One more landslide and the coast path will have to be re-routed to a safer position."
A plan has been drawn up which, the Club feels, maintains what it believes to be the ethos of the course, namely "to use the natural contours and flora of the land to provide a great golfing experience." The three-stage plan, involving protection of the course's heather beds and some judicious movement of plants, consists of constructing a new 13th hole along with new 14th and 17th tees, creating a new fairway and altering the route of the 16th hole away from the cliff. A total expenditure of £92,500 is involved, but the Club is confident that all stages of the plan, recently approved by its members, will be completed through the annual cash surplus.
And in Brewster too they're talking about the cash burden of ravages caused by the sea. The town's Natural Resources Departments estimated that long-term repairs in the area would cost as much as $500,000.
On both sides of 'the pond' there's a price to be paid for living in an area of outstanding natural beauty.