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Top 10 Must Play Golf Courses in Bristol

/ 19/10/2020 / 0

Top 10 Must Visit Golf Courses in Bristol

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    Trying to find the very best golf courses in the West Country?

    Perhaps you are planning a golf break, society day or event and looking for the finest tracks in the region? Either way, as the West Country golf travel specialists, we felt it was our duty to bring you our top 10 courses to play in and around Bristol.

    From 10 to 1 these courses showcase the very best in history, course design, prestige and enjoyment from golf, not only in the South West but indeed the UK.

    Our top 10 Bristol course guide is full of venues situated at the gateway to the West Country and are a must visit for your tour to the South West. Our criteria for this list are courses with a BS postcode… we had to draw the line somewhere! 

    #10 Knowle Golf Club

    In at 10 is the beautiful JH Taylor designed Knowle Golf Club. Located just 10 minutes from Bristol, this stunning parkland course is set in a tranquil area of the Gloucestershire countryside, while being just a short drive from the bright lights of the city centre. 

     The course makes full use of the topography to create challenging holes that twist their way through mature parkland and rolling countryside. From the white tees the course runs a challenging 6000 yards, full of unique holes that will challenge all aspects of your game. There are still many holes that offer birdie opportunities and these will need to be taken advantage of if you want to post a good score.

    Holes to look out for include the par-4 14th, ranking as the hardest hole on the course. A tree-lined fairway means there is very little room for error from the tee, while bunkers dotted around the green make for an equally challenging approach shot, accuracy will be key to shoot a low score. The par-5 13th runs quite short at 500 yards, offering a fairly easy approach to the green after an accurate tee shot, and is definitely a hole where you want to be picking up a shot.

    If you haven’t heard of this fantastic course before and are considering a golf trip to the Bristol area then we highly recommend you add this venue to your golf tour!

    #9 Saltford Golf Club

    Founded over 100 years ago, Saltford Golf Club recently benefited from large scale refurbishments and is now gaining a reputation as one of the premier golf courses in Somerset. A well kept and enjoyable to play course that is located within a naturally wooded setting on the rolling Somerset countryside. This challenging parkland course runs 6400 yards, with many holes enjoying stunning views of the surrounding countryside and large parts of Bath, especially from the 16th tee.

    Holes to look out for include the tricky par-4 6th that ranks as the hardest hole on the course, a long uphill hole that leads to a postage stamp green, very little margin for error here. If you struggle at the 6th you may find some respite at the par-5 14th, running at just 476 yards, this hole has a stroke index of 16 and may be the easiest hole on the course to gain a shot or two.

    Outside of the course Saltford offers fantastic facilities, including a large putting area, indoor and outdoor practice facilities, a brand new 6 hole academy course and an all weather driving range, everything you need to hone your game before heading out onto the course.

    With it’s fantastic facilities and superb course, Saltford Golf Club definitely deserves to get a spot in the top 10.

    #8 Chipping Sodbury Golf Club

    This Fred Hawtree designed parkland course, a youngster compared to some courses on this list, opened for play in 1971.  By far the longest course on this list so far, it runs a lengthy 6860 yards through mature woodland and stunning Gloucestershire countryside. Continued development and maturing of the grounds since it’s opening has allowed for the creation of a superb course that offers a challenge to golfers of all levels. Water hazards are a common feature throughout the course and while the greens are large, many of them are elevated from the surrounding terrain, making them seem smaller than they are.

    Holes to look for include the par-4 11th, ranking as the third hardest hole on the course. This quite short par 4 runs just 398 yards but is made difficult by a river that runs across the fairway, and an approach shot that is littered with bunkers. The par-3 12th is a real feature on the course, a 169-yard hole that requires you to clear 2 bodies of water before getting to safety. The green is large but surrounded by 4 bunkers that flank the front and sides. Despite all this it plays as the 2nd easiest hole on the course and may be a birder opportunity given a good tee shot.

    This meticulously designed and well kept course is an absolute delight to play and we highly recommend you visit this venue when in the Bristol area!

    #7 Clevedon Golf Club

    Clevedon will be celebrating its 130th birthday next year and in that time it has earned itself a reputation as one of the premier courses in Somerset. Golf has been played on the current site since 1898 and since the 90s has enjoyed major changes including 5 new holes and the installation of 18 U.S.G.A specification greens. The course winds through beautiful natural woodland and across rolling Somerset countryside, providing stunning views, especially from the 8th tee, which sits 200 feet above the fairway in the shadow of Clevedon Castle, boasting stunning views of the surrounding countryside and out towards the Severn Estuary.

    The course runs 6557 yards and uses the natural contours of the land to create a variety of unique and challenging holes that will test golfers of all skill levels. Holes to look out for include the par-5 4th which runs 572 yards and is ranked as the 4th most challenging hole on the course, long and accurate shots will be needed from tee and fairway to ensure a good score. There are many holes where you can pickup shots and the par-4 13th is one of them, a short 300 yard hole with an index of 17, where many golfers fancy their chances of driving the green. 

    Clevedon is a fantastic venue with over 100 years of history,  and offers a fantastic round of golf that should be enjoyed by everyone.

    #6 Mendip Spring Golf Club

    Mendip Spring is quickly becoming one of the must play venues in the South West, situated in beautiful North Somerset countryside, this well designed course boasts a challenging par-71, providing a thorough test of any golfer with its fast immaculate greens that are kept in excellent condition all year round. The 18-hole Brinsea course features many water hazards, a number of long par-5s and a variety of challenging par-3s and 4s, all the time enjoying the beautiful natural woodland and surrounding Somerset countryside.

    The back nine on the Brinsea Course is particularly challenging and a few holes to look out for include the par-4 11th, a tough hole with OOB on the right and water hazards on both side of the fairway, leading to a small well-guarded green that is a tough target to hit even in good weather. A tough par-5 comes in the shape of the 13th hole, running 579yrds with a difficult dogleg and no less than 5 bunkers to avoid on the approach shot.

    Mendip is a well kept course that is always a delight to play, and it’s fantastic design will delight and challenge golfers of all standards.

    #5 Weston-Super-Mare Golf Club

    Established in 1892, Weston-super-Mare golf club is an all year round course that offers golfers a true links golf test with long rolling fairways and challenging wind conditions. This venue is ideally located a short distance from the town centre, running along the coast and enjoying sea facing views from many holes. Designed by the famous course designer Alistair Mackenzie, the course is renowned for its superbly kept greens and long rolling fairways.

    Hole to look out for include the par-4 15th, named Road Hole after it’s famous namesake at St Andrews. The hole runs a testing 458yrds, requiring a long accurate tee shot, followed by an approach shot that is made difficult by the green position and the bunkers waiting for any stray balls. Another interesting and challenging hole is the par-3 11th, the longest of the short holes stretches 199yrds and requires a tee shot that clears the deep bunkers at the front of the green.

    Weston-super-Mare is a fantastic course with a great reputation. The first and only links course on our list is a great addition if you want to add some variety to your Bristol tour.

    #4 Bristol & Clifton Golf Club

    Regularly hosting both English Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association events, Bristol & Clifton Golf Club is a course that has built a reputation as one of the finest in the region. The club is over 120 years old and has developed into a mature and beautifully designed parkland course that measures 6413 yards. The design of the course uses the natural undulations of the countryside to create stunning holes that will challenge golfers of all skill levels, and due to it’s excellent natural drainage it remains playable all year round.

    Some noteworthy holes are the formidable 3rd hole and the 6th, par 3. The 3rd, which is ranked as the hardest hole on the course, is a 460yrd par-4 which features a tough right dogleg and no less than 7 bunkers between tee and green. Two very accurate shots are required to give yourself a chance of par. The first of the courses par-3’s (6th) is often made tough due to the possible cross-winds and offers golfers a narrow shot while avoiding the half dozen bunkers surrounding the green. Once on the green an undulating putting surface poses a further challenge.

    Bristol & Clifton offers a highly enjoyable and challenging round of golf amongst tranquil settings, if you need a venue that will help you unwind then look no further.

     

    #3 Long Ashton Golf Club

    Set within over 200 acres of mature natural woodland, Long Ashton Golf Club is a meticulously designed, well maintained and beautifully presented course. The course is designed to offer a variety of challenges with no two holes playing the same. Long Ashton runs at a length of 6378yrds, winding it’s way through mature natural woodland and stunning countryside, creating a peaceful environment in which to enjoy your round. Outside of the course this venue also boasts great practice facilities, including an 8-bay driving range, a short game area and an excellent putting green.

    Holes to look out for include the par-4th 7th hole. A tee shot over water is followed by a sharp dogleg to the right while water hugs the left hand side of the fairway, a raised green and bunkers on each side make the approach shot a tough one. 

    Another memorable hole is the 2nd, indexed as the easiest on the course. This par-3 plays at only 126yrds into a island green, set below what feels looks like a cliff face. Make no mistake, this “easy” hole has ruined the card of many so very early on!

    Long Ashton is a course with a fantastic reputation and offers challenging golf on a meticulously designed course. It is also home of Ryder Cup star Chris Wood and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

    #2 Kendleshire Golf Club (Hollows & Ruffet)

    Kendleshire Golf Club boasts 3 stunning 9-hole courses in the shape of the Hollows, Ruffet & Badminton, all of which can be interchangeably combined to create a unique golfing experience. Combining the Hollows & Ruffet courses creates Kendleshire’s most interesting challenge, both 9-hole courses have been designed by Adrian Stiff and opened simultaneously in May 1997. When played together the course runs at 6600yrds and is designed to test every aspect of a golfers game, with numerous bodies of water, tree lines fairways and difficult approach shots, the course is both challenging and beautiful. The course is very well maintained with immaculately kept greens and great drainage that allows the course to remain playable to the highest standard all year round.

    Holes to look out for include the relatively straightforward par-5 3rd, the first real birdie opportunity on the course can be taken advantage of by big hitters or those who can hit an accurate tee shot, just beware the bunkers on the approach to the green. One of the more challenging holes at Kendleshire is the long par-3 6th, playing at just over 200 yrds from the white tees, it requires an accurate tee shot to avoid a quick bogey.

    Kendleshire is one of the finest golf courses in the region and really should be on the bucket list of any keen golfers, with its meticulous design, unique holes and stunning surroundings it really is a venue not be missed.

    #1 The Players Club (Coddrington)

    Riding the border between Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, The Players Club is a premier golfing venue that boasts two 18-hole course that were designed by Adrian Stiff, responsible for Kendleshire Golf Club sitting at #2, and has hosted numerous events. The Codrington is the premier course at the venue, with 15 of its holes being used as part of the Championship Course that incorporates holes from both the Stranahan and the original course layout. The Codrington runs at a lengthy and challenging 7100yrds, boasting long short holes and even longer par-5s, completed by a variety of challenging and unique par-4s.  The course makes use of contours and characteristics of the surrounding countryside, creating a unique feel and challenging shots on almost every hole. 

    Particular holes to look out for would be the par-4 6th, a tough dogleg left that demands accuracy and is indexed as the toughest on the course. A thin fairway with bunkers on either side require a highly accurate tee shot, before approaching a tired green that is well guarded by bunkers and run offs. An interesting par-3 on the course is the 10th, a tough 200yrd hole that features a long lake that must be cleared to reach the raised green, nerves of steel and an accurate shot will be needed as you tee off in the shadow of the club house.

    The Players Club is one of the finest courses in Gloucestershire and the South West, offering a tour level challenge to those brave enough to take it on. The club has recently increased its on site accommodation capacity to include 15 rooms, making this one of Bristol’s few true stay and play resorts. A memorable experience awaits at this fantastic venue, so make a note and plan a visit. 

    Noteworthy mentions

    Unfortunately we could only fit 10 courses into this list. Bristol is blessed with a large number of great courses and some which are worth considering for your tour are mentioned below:

    Filton Golf Club

    Henbury Golf Club

    Stockwood Vale Golf Club

    Shirehampton Golf Club

    Woodspring Golf Club

    Woodlands Golf Club

    Thornbury Golf Club

    Tickenham Golf Club

    Tall Pines Golf Club

    Worlebury Golf Club

    Burnham & Berrow Golf Club (TA postcode)

    Lansdown Golf Club (BA postcode)

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    9 Top Golf Breaks in South West England

    / 26/07/2020 / 0

    9 Top Golf Tour Regions in the South West

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    It’s summer 2020 and the staycation is fashionable. This trend has translated to the golf industry as the dreaded CV has put a holt on many groups boarding a plan to European hot spots in the likes of Spain & Portugal.

    Knowing many of you will be looking for UK based travel this year, we thought it would be helpful to share some of the golfing hotspots housed within England’s holiday corner, the South West… Somerset, Dorset, Devon & Cornwall.

    We have complied a list of some of our client’s favourite and most popular tours to act as inspiration for your next golfing staycay!

    North Somerset Coastline

    Home to one of the top links courses in England in Burnham & Berrow, North Somerset is a leading location for a golf tour.

    The courses and hotels we use are easily accessible from the M5 and the region blessed with beautiful scenery, both on and off the course.

    The vibrant city of Bristol borders the area, making for great nearby nightlife. Weston, Brean and Burnham all offer great beaches if you are looking to tie in golf with sand & sea.

    With the exception of Burnham, the cost of the golf in this region remain relatively low, meaning you can put together a quality golf break, without breaking the bank. That said, if you are in the area and looking to play the best, Burnham really is a spectacular treat! 

     

    Mid Somerset

    3 of the best parkland courses in the Somerset are situated around the Taunton, with nearby Minehead providing a links twist.

    The region is perfect if you are looking to play a great variety of quality courses without the need to drive too far from your hotel base.

    The courses in this area offer golf to visitors as a collective called the Somerset Passport Tour.

    Bath

    One of the most beautiful cities in the country, Bath is known for its long history and sightseeing opportunities. That said, it’s on the course where we have our eyes set.

    There are 5 fantastic courses all within easy reach of the city, actually covering 3 counties! When you couple these with some fantastic hotels across the region, Bath really is a fantastic location for a golf tour.

    Our pick is EuroPro host Cumberwell Park. The complex boasts a hotel and 36 holes of modern golf, truly worth a visit!

    Bournemouth

    North Devon

    East Devon

    Plymouth & South Devon

    North Cornwall Atlantic Coastline

    South West Cornwall

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    Top 10 Must Play Golf Courses in Dorset

    / 20/06/2020 / -

    Top 10 Courses Dorset

    The Top 10 Must Visit Courses for Your Golf Break in Dorset

    Dorset is best known as one of the most beautiful counties in all of the UK, boasting numerous areas of outstanding natural beauty, offering visitors stunning views of the lush green countryside and the historic Jurassic Coast.  Fewer people know of Dorset as one of the UK’s premier golfing destinations, a county that offers the highest quality in golf, from championship Parkland golf and unique Heathland courses, through to fantastic Links that run along the dramatic coastline.

    The quality of golf in Dorset means there is no shortage of courses you should add to your bucket list, it is our job as the South West Golf Travel Specialists to inform and inspire about all the best that the South West has to offer.

    So leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life, load up the car with your clubs, and venture down to Dorset for a memorable golfing trip with Golf South West.

    This is our guide to the top 10, must play courses in Dorset, in no particular order!

     

    Ferndown Golf Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Heathland

    Par: 71

    Length: 6453 yards

     

     

    Ferndown Golf Club is a must-visit venue in Dorset, a premier golfing destination that offers 27-holes of fantastic Heathland golf and is known as one of Bournemouth’s “Big 3”. When you visit Ferndown, you follow in the steps of golfing legends such as Faldo, Jacklin, Langer & Norman. The club is a pine and heathland heaven set in beautiful Dorset countryside just a few miles from the seaside town of Bournemouth. The main event at Ferndown is the fantastic Old Course, an intricately designed 18-hole heathland course designed by open champion Harold Hilton and will challenge and delight players of all skill levels.

    The course always looks stunning and is playable all year, enjoying pristine grooming from tee to green that earns it comparisons to the world-famous Augusta. Full of subtle hazards, well-positioned bunkers and beautiful heathland settings, the old course at Ferndown will stimulate your golfing senses while hitting the sweet spot of peace and tranquility.

    If all of this wasn’t enough for visitors there is also the Alliss course, a challenging 9-hole course with a variety of tee positions and starting points and is a fantastic course enjoyed by members and visitors alike. If you want an introduction to the top quality golf on offer in Dorset then look no further than Ferndown Golf Club

     

     

    Broadstone Golf Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Heathland

    Par: 70

    Length: 6393 yards

    Continuing with Dorset’s theme of being home to some of the countries leading heathland courses, the next course to take a look at is Broadstone Golf Club.

    An unspoiled heathland course that lies within the glorious Dorset countryside. The course is nestled within 250 acres of rolling hills covered in gorse, pines and rhododendron. This 18-holes of unique and challenging golf ranks #1 in Dorset making it a must-visit course when in the county. The beautiful heathland course is laid out upon glorious rolling hills and stretches 6,315 yards through stunning surroundings. The front nine winds its way through rich heathland, while the elevated back 9 offers golfers panoramic views of the Dorset countryside, from Purbeck Hills to Poole Harbour.

    The second of the big 3 courses in the Bournemouth area, Broadstone is a must-visit venue for those golfers wanting to indulge in a unique heathland experience that can’t be found anywhere else in the South West. Combine a visit here with rounds at both Parkstone and Ferndown to enjoy a true Dorset golfing experience.

     

     

    Parkstone Golf Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Heathland

    Par: 72

    Length: 6282 yards

    The last of Bournemouths “Big Three”, the beautiful Parkstone Golf Club has gained a reputation in recent years of being one of the finest courses in Dorset and ranks inside the Golf Months top 100. Like its neighbours in Broadstone and Ferndown, Parkstone is also a delightful heathland course that takes advantage of the natural heather and pines. The current layout of the course has been in place since modifications were made in 1937 by legendary course designer James Braid and offers a unique and varied golfing experience, taking advantage of all the natural contours. The heathland countryside creates a challenging and memorable round of golf.

    The layout at Parkstone Golf Club ensures a varied and challenging round of golf, with five excellent short holes being accompanied by five varied par 5’s. All this in meticulously kept surroundings of the beautiful Dorset countryside and playable all year round. If you are looking for a unique and memorable golfing break, then look no further than Parkstone.

     

     

    Remedy Oak Golf Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Parkland

    Par: 72

    Length: 7025 yards

    Those who have visited Remedy Oak in the past will vouch for the fact that this exclusive course has to be considered as one of the finest in the south of England, with immaculate tee to green grooming and playability all year round. This parkland course stretches 7100 yards through beautiful Dorset countryside and should be on the bucket list of any keen golfer. The course was designed by former Ryder Cup captain John Jacobs and opened for play in 2005. In that time it has developed a reputation as one of the finest inland courses in Britain and is regularly ranked within the top 100 courses in the UK.

    Remedy Oak is a stunning 18 hole par-72 course, set amongst 256 acres of ancient woodland in the heart of Dorset. This majestic parkland course is set in stunning countryside filled with hardwood trees, rhododendrons, heather, wild grasses and water features that come into play on eight of the holes.

     

     

    Isle of Purbeck Golf Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Heathland

    Par: 70

    Length: 6297 yards

    A visit to this traditional golf course is a popular choice for any golfers who are planning a golf break in the Dorset area, the course is full of uniquely designed holes that offer a variety of challenges throughout the round, all while offering visitors stunning views of the surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty.

    The course is built upon a high heathland plateau, a spectacular location that offers 360-degree panoramic views of the Solent and out to the east across Poole Bay. The course runs through a nature reserve full of rare plants and birds and although it runs quite short, the exposed location means that wind often comes into play and the fairways and greens are lightning quick.

    The course is located near the coastal town of Swanage, a quiet little town nestled in the middle of the Durlston Country Park and only a stone’s throw from the coast. This idyllic location makes it the ideal location for a tranquil golfing getaway.

     


    Recommended Tour:

    The Dorset Golf Tour

    2 Nights, 3 Rounds

    Hotel: The Dorset Golf & Country Club

    1 Round: The Dorset

    1 Round: Isle of Purbeck

    1 Round: Broadstone


     

    Lyme Regis Golf Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Parkland with coastal views

    Par: 71

    Length: 6264 yards

     

     

    Lyme Regis Golf Club is a challenging par-71 that occupies a beautiful cliff-top location. The course boasts coastal views overlooking the historical town, world heritage site of Lyme Regis and Portland Bill.

    The course runs 6200 yards along the cliff tops and offers up some of the most intimidating holes in the region. There are multiple hazards dotted throughout, requiring concentration to avoid ruining your scorecard!

    The town of Lyme Regis, located in West Dorset, is well known for its dramatic coastlines, beaches and fossil-filled cliffs. Beaches on the Heritage Coast snd Jurassic Coast offer a host of history, something we highly recommended checking out whilst visiting.

     

     

    The Dorset Golf & Country Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Parkland

    Par: 72

    Length: 7027 yards

     

    The Dorset Golf & Country Club is an award-winning golf resort that offers a real escape from the everyday bustle, nestled between two areas of outstanding natural beauty. The resort boasts comfortable spacious rooms in 5-star log cabins and 27-holes of championship golf. 

    Golf at the resort comes in the shape of 3 championship 9-hole courses designed by the legendary designer Martin Hawtree. The Parkland, Lakeland and Woodland courses are all free to play for guests at the resort and each offers an unforgettable golfing experience and unique challenge. Combining the Parkland and Lakeland courses creates a lengthy 18-holes that stretch 7027 yards, challenging even the keenest golfers.

    Away from the golf the venue also has fantastic accommodation options. There are 16 rooms in the 4* golf hotel and a collection of 5* rated log homes and luxury cottages that come complete with log burner and private sauna.

    Fine dining can be enjoyed in the resorts signature restaurant, The Fairways, where visitors can enjoy exquisite dishes that are put together with the finest locally sourced ingredients. Alternatively, a more casual dining experience can be enjoyed at The Clubhouse & Bar, where you can enjoy a Sunday roast and sample a range of local beers and ales.

     


    Recommended Tour

    Corfe Castle Golf Tour

    1 Night, 2 Rounds

    Hotel: Kingston County Courtyard

    1 Round: The Dorset Golf & Country Club

    1 Round: Isle of Purbeck Golf Club


     

    Ashley Wood Golf Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Downland

    Par: 71

    Length: 6307 yards

     

    Founded in 1896, Ashley Wood Golf Club offers a warm and friendly welcome, boasting magnificent views of Salisbury Plain and the surrounding Dorset Countryside. The 18-holes at Ashley Wood are built upon natural downland, due to this the chalk which it has been built upon guarantees that the course remains playable all year round.  The course runs 6300 yards, but despite its relatively short length it offers a real challenge to all golfers. The varied holes and particularly the final 5 approaching the clubhouse would challenge even the most proficient golfers. Four of the holes wind their way through Ashley Wood itself, a beautiful ancient woodland that is teeming with bluebells and birdlife, giving golfers a moment of tranquility on their visit.

    Ashley Wood is situated on the edge of the Cranborne Chase area of outstanding natural beauty, with views of Salisbury Plain to the north and the Purbeck Hills to the south, the perfect location to take in some of the finest countryside Dorset has to offer. It is highly recommended that visitors take advantage of this while in the area.

     

    Weymouth Golf Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Parkland

    Par: 70

    Length: 6072 yards

     

    Another jewel in the crown of legendary course designer James Braid, Weymouth Golf Club is one of Dorset’s premier golfing destinations, offering magnificent views and 18 holes of stunning parkland golf.

    The course at Weymouth is a well kept 18-hole parkland course that combines an idyllic location with challenging golf. The course is characterised by strategically placed bunkers and subtle doglegs throughout that epitomises James Braids’ focus on shot strategy. The course at Weymouth has received a regional award for being one of the friendliest private members clubs, so you can expect a warm welcome as well as the idyllic scenery and fantastic golf.

    If you are looking for high-quality parkland golf in stunning Dorset surroundings, while still being close to the local culture, then the nearby town of Weymouth is dotted with sandy beaches and Georgian houses, all while enjoying views of the surrounding Jurassic Coast. A visit to Weymouth offers the perfect combination of idyllic location,  fantastic golf and a thriving evening scene. With plenty on offer, A break in Weymouth should suit many golfing groups.


    Recommended Tour

    Jurassic Coast Tour

    2 Nights 3 Rounds

    Hotel: Buckland Tout-Sains Hotel

    1 Round: Dartmouth Golf Club

    1 Round: Thurlestone Golf Club

    1 Round: Bigbury Golf Club


     

    Bridport Golf Club

    Course Stats

    Type: Links

    Par: 71

    Length: 6213 yards

    The only links course on the list, Bridport Golf Club is a Dorset favourite and features in many a golf tour. Offering a warm welcome and 18 holes of stunning links golf, the course is beautifully nestled in the Dorset AONB and just a stone’s throw from the dramatic coastline of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The course has been open since 1911, offering visitors an outstandingly beautiful vista across the dramatic coastline, and an 18-hole course that winds it’s way across the clifftops, featuring the signature 6th a hole, a par-3 with a 90 foot drop. Holes wind their way along the clifftops and follow all the natural undulations created by the land.

    If you are looking for a  golf break that allows you take to take in stunning views out towards the English Channel, then a visit to Bridport Golf Club may be a perfect addition to your next golf tour.

     

     

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    How Covid-19 May Effect the Golfing World.

    / 11/05/2020 / -
    Covid-19 Blog

    How Covid-19 May Effect the Golfing World

    There is no subject more relevant in the world right now than that of Covid-19, and we are all part of the global effort to fight against the virus. Therefore we think it is important to look ahead and discuss how Covid-19 may affect where and how we play our golf in the future, so that we know what to expect and can be prepared for any changes that will need to be made to ensure everybody remains safe while playing.

    There are numerous ways that Covid-19 will effect the world of golf, mostly involving our behaviour on the course and where people choose to travel for their annual golf tour. There will be numerous ways that Covid will change the way we conduct ourselves in and around our favourite courses, from pulling up in the car park to finishing on the 18th. For the purpose of the blog I have broken down things down into three different areas, The Clubhouse & Proshop, On the Course, Golf Travel. Many of the possible changes have been discussed at recent Q&As with course directors and a framework has been laid out by England Golf.

    The Clubhouse & Proshop

    There are likely to be significant changes when using the facilities at any golfing venue in the wake of the Covid pandemic. One likely change that is expected to be implemented is that only one member of any golfing group will be allowed to enter the clubhouse and sign a group in, with no cash being accepted as payment. Clubhouses including any bar area will most likely be closed until further notice with limited essential access to bathrooms. As we are aware of the importance of hand hygiene in stopping the transmission of the virus,  then any guests that do enter the clubhouse should be expected to sanitize their hands before entering, with hand sanitizer that will be supplied by the venue.

    There will also be significant changes in the way we enjoy a bite to eat from any onsite restaurant, it is likely that many venues keep their restaurants shut to those who want to sit and enjoy a meal after enjoying their round, although this could vary depending on the size of the eatery. It’s possible however that venues who offer food suitable for takeaway may offer a grab-and-go option if guests are hungry.

    There are also likely to be changes to buggy rental, with a maximum of one golfer per buggy although there could be leniency around this depending on whether the individuals live together. It goes without saying that the cleaning process in place in clubhouses will change dramatically with any places that are touched being sanitized frequently

    On the Course

    St Enodoc Golf Club

    Due to the nature of the wonderful game, implementing and maintaining sensible social distancing measures when out on the course may actually be quite easy. When playing we naturally enjoy wide spaces and are most of the time at least a shot or a hole ahead of the following group, while within groups the size of fairways and greens can easily accommodate a distance of 2m between players when taking shots. One measure likely to be put in place is the limiting of tee times, or at least longer gaps between groups as to avoid groups catching up with each other, while as mentioned earlier cart use may be restricted to 1 person per cart, although this could be relaxed if the players cohabit.

    Further measures being put in place will be to remove rakes from the golf course, ball washers and drinking fountains to be covered and bins and benches to be removed or covered, all measures to avoid hand to hand transmission. Similar measures to reduce hand to hand transmission have already been seen on the green, with the pictured ball retrieval measure allowing players to pick up their ball without the need to insert the whole hand into the cup.

    Other golfing facilities such as driving ranges and practice areas will need to be closed unless the venue can guarantee safe sanitizing practices, meanwhile further sanitising practices will be put in place with staff wearing the correct cleaning equipment and regularly cleaning any high risk surfaces. At the end of a round players will be expected to leave the venue immediately as to avoid any social gatherings around the clubhouse area.

    Golf Travel

    Currently the entire golf travel industry is on pause, courses are closed, planes are grounded and nobody is travelling to play. As we look forward to how the UK and other European countries plan to ease their lockdown, it may be safe to assume that golf courses will be some of the first leisure facilities to re-open, with the open spaces making sensible social distancing easy to enforce. This is fantastic news for the industry as courses are being hit at what would normally be a busy time of year, and the opportunity to recoup some of those losses will be welcome. However, there will likely still be travel restrictions in place and it is likely that for a while courses will be members only, as it can be assumed that they will be travelling from somewhere quite local.

    Looking further into the future, airlines are already predicting between 20-30% capacity on flights for the next few years, meaning that far fewer golfers will be travelling outside of their own country for their golfing holidays. When you combine this with the fact that Spain is one of Europe’s major golfing destination and one of the countries hardest hit by Covid-19 it’s safe to assume that many European countries will be seeing an increase in domestic holidays over the coming years. This is amazing news as it will give a much needed injection of money into the sector but will also encourage people to explore and play courses in their own country that they may not have thought about visiting before.

    At GSW we are very excited for golfing venues to re-open and to see players back on the course, however with the continued closure of hotels and courses only welcoming members,  it is unlikely that that our customers will be embarking on any golf tours until at least July. We are sure many of you are still yearning to take in a golfing holiday with your friends this year and if you are considering it, then we encourage you to book a tour for late summer or early autumn, so that you can enjoy the sport you love and give a much needed boost to the UK economy.

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