From city breaks to Cotswold tours
From north of Bristol, to South of Worcester, West of Oxford to the Welsh border. Gloucestershire covers quite some area, and houses a huge range of terrains and with it, a vast variety of golf courses. As the West Country golf travel specialists, we thought it our duty to bring you our top 10 Gloucestershire golf courses.
With 41 golf courses in the region, picking a top 10 is certainly not an easy task. With that in mind, we have included some noteworthy mentions at the end of this article.
Throughout the article are links to courses that form part of our extensive portfolio. As the region's leading golf tour operator, we bring these courses together in the form of bespoke golf tour packages.
So, with no more delay, from ten to one, here are the top golf courses in Gloucestershire.
10. Cotswold Hills Golf Club
9. Henbury Golf Club
Henbury Golf Club is a parkland course set in the mature woodland just outside of Blaise Castle Estate, North West Bristol, a short drive from the M5.
At 6001 yards, par 69 (from the white tees) it is a true test for all abilities. The course has small greens that are often well protected by bunkers or steep run-off areas. Many golfers will find themselves short-sided and struggling to get up and down.
There’s a real range of holes, with the flatter, straight away holes around the clubhouse such as; 1st, 2nd and 10th to 13th, at the top of the hill. But much of the front nine has sloping fairways and plenty of elevation changes.
The 7th hole is often regarded as the feature hole, a 150-yard par 3 drop hole. Distance control is key as the green is protected with 'out of bounds' long and a thin water hazard short.
Henbury is a great addition to a Bristol package and can be paired with a range of nearby courses.
8. Knowle Golf Club
Knowle GC is a proud members club located in the South East of Bristol. A JH Taylor design that flows through mature parkland.
Only 6047 yards which can be considered short by today’s standards. However, with some severe doglegs and elevation changes, the course plays a lot longer.
There aren’t many generous fairways on the front nine, you’re often forced into playing for position. This does change shortly on the back nine around the 11th & 13th where you can get away with a few loose tee shots.
Tough to choose a feature hole, but the 18th is regarded as one of the best finishing holes in the area. A sweeping par 5 that can be reached in two by the longer hitters although, a layup to an easy pitch/chip can at times be the best play. With the clubhouse and the 10th holes pond in the background, it is also very picturesque.
Due to location, Knowle can either be part of a Bristol or Bath-based package.
7. Chipping Sodbury Golf Club
6. Bristol & Clifton Golf Club
A beautifully mature parkland course that stretches over 6413 yards, par 70. A regular host to England Golf and County events. It is located just West of the busy Bristol City Centre.
A real variety of holes, with the easier walking holes around the clubhouse including the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 18th. The rest of the course twists and turns with many changes in elevation.
Our selected feature hole is the par 3, 13th hole, this is a drop hole with a green that slopes from front to back and is very pleasing to the eye. Don’t be fooled, the green is well guarded with 3 greenside bunkers and a crossing water hazard roughly 30/40 yards short of the green, ready to grab anything miss-hit.
Due to being on the West side of Bristol, B&C can be played as part of a package with courses around the North of Somerset such as Clevedon. A more common package would be a Bristol tour paired with neighbours Long Ashton GC.
5. Long Ashton Golf Club
4. Minchinhampton Golf Club (Cherington)
3. Kendleshire Golf Club (Hollows & Ruffet)
A 27 hole golf club and reportedly one of the busiest visitor golf venues in the UK, which comes as no surprise. The Kendleshire has always been immaculately presented and offers a great experience both on and off the course.
On the course, the Hollows and Ruffet makes up the original Championship 18 with the Badminton 9 being added more recently. 1 to 18 offers a true parkland test and a great variety of holes, particularly the dogleg 4th, TPC Sawgrass style island green par 3 11th and short by exciting 9th which requires a short iron or wedge into the green which slopes back into the water, spin control a must... it can however muster the odd hole in one scare if the pin is in the right place!
The course is relatively easy walking on the front 9, but does tackle a few undulations on the back 9 meaning a buggy may be required for some. Kendleshire has a good fleet, but booking in advance is required.
Often played as part of a Bristol golf tour alongside the nearby Players Club... our #2 on this list!
2. The Players Golf Club (Codrington)
The Players is another one of course designer Adrian Stiff's creations. The Codrington Course makes up the 18 Championship holes of golf at this 45 hole resort. Based just off the Bath Juncton 18 of the M4, The Players is not the oldest of courses but has built quite some reputation over the years having played host to many prestigious events including EuroPro Tour.
The 18 holes are renowned for their length, however, with multiple sets of tees the challenge has been softened in recent years meaning that the course can be made to be playable for all standards. Holes 3, 15 and 16 stand out as they involve crossing one of the few lakes on the course. Coincidently these are par 4, 5 and 3 respectively, owing to the variety in the course design.
Always presented in immaculate condition, the clun is a must visit if undertaking a Gloucestershire or Bristol golf tour. It's location also means it can be used as a stop-off en-route from the North or East of the country on a golf break to the South West. The Players also has a number of rooms meaning a stay and play here is possible and also incredibly competitively priced for a one or two night stay.
The number of holes on-site and well-managed club diary means that it can be possible to pick up good weekend tee times at The Players Club on both the Codrington and its little brother, the Stranahan course. This alone means that it quite often makes its way into the middle day of a 3 day weekend golf tour alongside nearby Kendleshire and another Bristol venue.
1. Ross on Wye Golf Club
So to our number 1... Welcome to England Golf Championship Venue Ross on Wye Golf Club.
A beautiful established parkland course set in the wooded hills above the Wye Valley. Since its initial design in the sixties (although club history goes back to the late 1800's), Ross on Wye has delighted golfers with its charm and challenge. The course winds through aged oak trees, natural contours and ponds, putting an emphasis on true shot-making.
Whilst the town of Ross on Wye is actually in Herefordshire, the course, set just off the M50, is actually affiliated to the Gloucestershire Golf Union. Picking the best out of this great layout is tough, as the holes, framed by oak trees really do make this one of the most aesthetic woodland courses you are likely to play. The 5th to the 9th provides a fun run of holes with three par 5's and two par 3's in a row. The course then does not let up. You can be forgiven that a card of 9 par 4's on the back might get tiresome, but you would be firmly wrong. 16 is a fun drivable par 4 in amongst 14, 17 and 18 which all require two solid shots to get you on the dance floor. 18 sticks in the memory as this final hole can be a card wrecker with out of bounds coming into play on both sides of the fairway!
Ross on Wye makes it to the number one spot on this list for many reasons, but it is also helped by its generous green fee price. You can play the course in peak season for under £60. If you are planning a golf break in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, or traveling south from the north of the country, you could do a lot worse that to spend a day traversing this woodland golfing beaut.
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