Nestled along the picturesque North Somerset coastline, Weston-super-Mare Golf Club stands as a testament to the enduring allure of this timeless sport. Established in 1892, this venerable institution has weathered the years with grace and continues to be a treasured destination for golfers seeking a true test of their skills amidst the rolling fairways and ever-present coastal winds.
With its 18 holes and a par of 70 stretched across 6,245 yards, Weston-super-Mare Golf Club offers an enticing challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Designed by the legendary duo of Alistair MacKenzie and Tom Dunne, this course carries the echoes of golf history and boasts an enduring charm that beckons players to tee off and explore its unique features.
One of the defining characteristics of this course is its coastal location, offering views of the Bristol Channel. As you navigate your way through each hole, you’ll be treated to vistas that stretch across the water towards Cardiff, with Brean Down, Steep Holm, and Flat Holm providing a captivating backdrop. The sense of wide-open spaces and vast skies enhances the golfing experience, immersing you in the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Throughout the year, Weston-super-Mare Golf Club lives up to its reputation as an “all year round” course. In the summer, the greens are fast and true, challenging your putting skills, while the tight fairways and at times punishing rough demand accuracy off the tee. Even in the winter months, when many courses are forced to close or adopt temporary greens, Weston-super-Mare Golf Club remains open for play, a testament to its excellent drainage system and natural sand base. Keep on eye on the wind on the first 5 holes, it swirls off of the sea and does not always blow in the direction it seems from your position beneath the tree line!
A highlight of the course is the signature 15th hole, a 458-yard par 4 that pays homage to the iconic 17th hole at St. Andrews Old Course. This hole presents a challenging blind tee shot, with out-of-bounds to the right and a green set at a tantalizing angle to a treacherous bunker at the front corner. Achieving a par here is a reward in itself and sets the tone for the demanding closing stretch, including the Par 3 16th, a dogleg Par 5 17th, and the tricky Par 4 18th, where out-of-bounds and heavy bunkers pose a formidable challenge.
Weston-super-Mare Golf Club prides itself on being an “easy walk.” The layout features generous fairways that are a relief for those who appreciate a less strenuous round. However, don’t be deceived by the apparent simplicity; the ever-present coastal winds can swiftly turn a comfortable round into a test of resilience.
Aside from its exceptional course, Weston-super-Mare Golf Club boasts a welcoming clubhouse with bar and dining facilities. The clubhouse, with its historic charm dating back to 1905, provides a comfortable setting to relax and unwind after a round. The menu, prepared by talented chefs, offers a range of dining options from traditional breakfasts to substantial meals and light bites. It’s an ideal place to share tales of your golfing exploits and enjoy a selection of Real Ales, Beers, Wines, and spirits.
Weston-super-Mare Golf Club has a rich history that spans over a century, and its dedication to preserving the heritage of the game is evident in every aspect of the club. The course rarely closes due to rain, trolley bans are a rarity. Just be aware buggies are not available here.
In recent years, the club has seen significant refurbishments, enhancing its facilities. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer looking for a challenging links course or a newcomer seeking an inviting and friendly club atmosphere, Weston-super-Mare Golf Club is a must-visit destination along the North Somerset coastline.
Its rich history, challenging course, and stunning coastal views make it an essential stop on any golf tour of North Somerset. Golfers of all levels will appreciate the unique character of this club, where the love of the game in its traditional form is celebrated year-round.
Visitors welcome weekdays, after 14.00 on weekends