The Top 10 Golf Courses in Somerset

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The very best of Somerset golf

Somerset is one of the premier golfing destinations in the UK, boasting a number of top-rated courses spanning from Bath all the way across to Minehead.

Outside of the golf courses Somerset is a luscious green county that contains numerous areas of natural beauty, including the Mendip Hills in the north and Exmoor National Park in the west. The northern coastline offers fantastic views as it stretches along the Bristol Channel, with fantastic links courses like Burnham & Berrow and Weston-super-Mare positioned to take advantage of the views on offer.

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Burnham & Berrow Golf Club

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club is a 27-hole members club that has hosted leading amateur tournaments The Brabazon Trophy and The English Amateur. This traditional links course is ranked as the #1 course in Somerset and 26th in the country. Part of the Atlantic links network, Burnham houses 27 holes of golf across the par 71 (6925 yard) Championship course and 9 hole, 18 tee Channel Course. The layout of Burnham tracks 9 holes along the coastline and 9 back to the clubhouse, winds blowing in from the coast can make for a challenging round of golf and ensures that no two rounds are the same. From the moment you arrive at the clubhouse in the shadow of the Burnham lighthouse its evident you are stepping into a club littered with a vast history of amateur golf. Winners around this great course include famous names such as a Mr J Rose.

Somerset has a reputation for the quality of its courses and Burnham and Berrow is widely regarded as head and shoulders above the rest, a good indication of the quality of this course.With many fairways and greens overlooked by sand dunes, Burnham and Berrow is the south west’s answer to Royal Birkdale and is now widely thought to be one of England’s finest links courses.

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Clevedon Golf Club

Golf has been played at this stunning parkland course since 1898 and in that time it has built up a reputation as one of the finest courses in the county. The course is situated upon an old castle farm and boasts a fantastically well kept course that enjoys views of the rolling Somerset Hills and out across the Bristol Channel. The course underwent some considerable changes during the early 90s, with the introduction of 5 new holes and the installation of 18 USGA specification greens, extending this par-72 course to a challenging 6557yrds. Clevedon is one of Somersets’ hidden gems and if you are planning on visiting the area then we highly recommend adding this wonderful course to your Somerset tour.

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Weston Super Mare Golf Club

Weston Super Mare is one of Somerset’s premier links courses, designed by Alistair MacKenzie & Tom Dunne in 1892, the course runs 6245 yards and offers a true test of links golf with rolling fairways and constantly changing winds that make the course a different challenge each time you visit. Playable all year round, the course is an attractive links course situated on Weston Bay, enjoying superb views across the Bristol Channel, past Brean Down, Steep Holm and Flat Holm towards Cardiff. The course has plenty of natural undulations but is an easy walk for those that enjoy taking in the surroundings while enjoying a round, visitors are blessed with a view of horizons and masses of sky, during the summer the greens run fast and true with tight fairways and punishing rough that should be avoided at all costs, while in the winter the course is rarely closed and is always played off real tees.

Weston’s 15th is known as it’s signature hole, a 458 yard par 4 modelled on the 17th at St Andrew Old Course. Starting with a blind tee shot and out of bounds hugging the right side, followed by a green set treacherously behind the dangerous bunker on the front corner, even the most proficient golfers are satisfied if they walk off the green with a par! Following this memorable hole is the tough finish, the par-3 16th with an approach into the prevailing wind, a tricky par 5 17th with a difficult dog leg and the final hole presenting a par 4 with out of bounds on the right and heavy bunkers on the left. This challenging and beautiful course is a must visit for those heading to Somerset, offering a satisfying day taking in the surroundings and further satisfaction if you are able to step into the clubhouse having scored a decent round.

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Mendip Spring Golf Club

Mendip Spring has quickly become a favourite of ours at GSW, Lying in the Wrington Valley and overlooked by the Mendip Hills, this course is nestled away in one of the most beautiful parts of North Somerset, just a stones throw away from the Mendip Hills area of outstanding natural beauty and a few miles from the coastal town of Weston-super-Mare, this course is ideally located for a relaxing weekend away. This fantastic venue boasts two golf courses to enjoy, the par 71 Brinsea championship course and the 9-hole Lakeside course. The Lakeside course is a well designed 9-hole course suited to those that may not have the confidence to tackle the championship course, full of par 3s and 4s that are the perfect challenge for the more inexperienced golfer, or a perfect warm up for golfers who are soon to challenge the Brinsea. With the comfortable accommodation available at Mendip Spring this course can be a perfect addition to a stay and play visit, creating a memorable 27-hole package in conjunction with the championship course.

Now for the Binsea Championship Course, a beautiful and meticulously designed course full of water hazards, long par 5’s, tricky par 3’s and an interesting mix of par 4’s, finished with immaculately kept greens that stay true throughout the season, combine all of these characteristics and you get a challenging course that is an absolute delight to play and presents a thorough challenge to golfers of any skill level. After your round is finished head to the clubhouse, centred around an original 16th-century farmhouse tastefully developed to be welcoming and full of character, the clubhouse offers a comprehensive bar stocking local ales, restaurant serving fresh pub classics and comfortable accommodation facilities.

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Enmore Park Golf Club

Enmore Park Golf Club is a Somerset gem considered to be one of the counties finest parkland courses, formed in 1906 in the nearby village of Cannington, the club was moved in 1932 to it’s current location in Enmore and in 1969 was further developed by famous course architects Hawtree & Co to design and create this fabulous 18-hole championship course nestled within the lower slopes of the beautiful Quantock Hills. Two loops of nine holes start and finish at the course clubhouse, creating a par-71 course that stretches 6,434 yards, with ponds in play on five holes, par 3’s which are set up to test even the most accurate of hitters and the daunting par 4 10th, this course offers an immensely entertaining and challenging round of golf for all golfers. Enmore Park is perfectly located in the heart of Somerset, making it the perfect addition to any tour taking in the surrounding courses.

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Orchardleigh Golf Club

Orchardleigh Golf Club is idyllically situated within the beautiful Somerset countryside, the stunning country estate includes a large Victorian estate, an island church, boathouse and numerous other listed buildings, creating an incredible location for a golfing getaway. The course is set within established parkland settings and offers picturesque views throughout the 6824 yard par 72, winding its way through mature trees with water hazards regularly coming into play. The course is located in serene surroundings and is considered to be one of the finest layouts in all of the South West. The front nine are laid on quite flat easy going terrain and includes the tough 6th hole, a 414-yard par 4 with out of bounds down the left of the fairway that leads to a tough two-tiered green, while the back nine is quite different with undulating fairways and some uphill climbs. Orchardleigh Park Golf Club also has fantastic practice facilities, including a full length covered practice range and everything you need in the pro shop.

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Bath Golf Club

Bath Golf Club is one of the oldest courses in all of England and has earned a reputation as one of the counties finest parkland courses, with its beautiful hilltop location offering serene panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and natural contours throughout the course. Established in 1880, this 18 hole par-71 parkland course was designed to take full advantage of the natural contours of it’s hilltop location to create a unique and challenging round. The course boasts a good variety of different holes, laid out over some of the most luscious countryside the region has to offer, shallow soil and limestone ensure quick draining, allowing the course to remain playable all year round. Baths’ uniquely small greens , filled with contours and borrows that make approaching and holing out a tough and unique challenge.

Bath is located at the gates of the South West and makes the perfect starting or finishing location for your Somerset golf tour, or as a home base to take in rounds at surrounding venues.

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Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club

The original design for Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club was put together in 1892 by the legendary Mr Henry Fowler, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Blackdown Hills. This 18-hole parkland stretches 6109-yards and is a course full of undulating fairways that wind their way through terrain full of valleys and tiny hills, rewarding those who can be accurate from the tee, while those who hit a wayward shot will often find themselves facing a unique and challenging shot towards the green. The course is well kept all year round, boasting immaculately kept greens and beautifully maintained surroundings, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing and invigorating round of golf, where those who want to post a good score will need to be brave, especially if the wind is blowing. The venue also has a fantastic clubhouse where you can unwind after your round and enjoy a number of locally sourced ales or a bite to eat from the extensive menu on offer.

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Oake Manor Golf Club

Oake Manor Golf Club is a delightful 18-hole parkland course set in the beautiful surroundings of the Quantock, Brendon and Blackdown Hills. The course stretches 6149 yards and features water hazards on 10 of the 18 holes and a variety of challenging holes throughout the course, all while enjoying the tranquil surroundings. Oake Manor always offers a warm welcome and a relaxed atmosphere for visitors, as well as first rate facilities that include a covered driving range, 9 hole par-3 course and both a short game practice area and putting green.

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Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club

Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club is an 18-hole par 72 that was founded in 1882 by Dr. Clark and is known as Somersets’ oldest course, boasting stunning sea views and fantastic links golf, all set against the rugged landscapes of the Brendon Hills, so if you enjoy great golf in a beautiful location this venue is a must visit on your Somerset golf tour. The course is a par-72 links course that runs at a length of 6200 yrds and features all the best characteristics of links golf while offering some Parkland features, creating a varied golfing experience. The course is always kept in excellent condition and is a delight to play all year round, visit Minehead & West Somerset to take in the beautiful sea views, while being challenged by the varied conditions and enjoying an invigorating day of golf.

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  • Who are Golf South West?

    Founded in 2015, we are the West Country golf travel specialists. We provide our clients with bespoke golf tours and stay & play golf packages for small groups and golf societies alike.

    We are both a domestic golf tour operator working directly for our clients and regional golf DMC who act as an agent for international outbound operators hoping to have their clients experience the beautiful West Country and it’s golfing delights!

    We work closely with our venues to ensure our customers receive the best value available for golf travel within the West Country.

    Our expert team are on hand to ensure you receive the very best service, choice and advice when planning your next golf break. We are proud to announce our nomination for Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator for England at the 2022 World Golf Awards.

  • Which regions are covered by Golf South West?

    Golf South West is the West Country’s premier golf tour operator covering the regions of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Dorset, South Wales and Hampshire.

    We also work with selected, popular golf resorts across the UK including those under the management of Marriott, plus 4 time Ryder Cup host The Belfry, Celtic Manor and many more.

    If you are planning a golf break, we are the only call you need to make.

  • What is the best way to get in touch?

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  • Why choose Golf South West as your tour operator?

    GSW is run by golfers and endorsed by golf professionals across the South West of the UK.

    We are a fully insured, experienced and recommended golf tour operator, who are backed by Protected Trust Services, meaning your booking is secured and safe. We offer tours to an exclusive and unrivalled selection of venues across the South West of England and Wales, including some courses which can be tricky to access. We are also proud members of Golf Tourism England and IAGTO, who only work with only the best and most reputable companies in the industry.

    You can rest assured that as a client of Golf South West you will not only receive the best service, advice and choice, but you will also find the best value golf breaks in available in Cornwall, Devon, Bristol, Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and many more!

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    Protected Trust Services guarantee 100% financial protection to the consumer, ensuring total consumer confidence.

    Any bookings made via Golf South West Ltd from the 1st July 2021 are protected under the PTS Trust. Bookings made before this date will continue to be processed through our original system. If you have booked with us before, please ensure you have the up-to-date bank details to make your payments. If you are unsure, please speak to your Golf South West representative.

    View the PTS brochure for more information on the protection this affords you as a client of Golf South West.

  • How do GSW keep money safe?

    We are extremely proud of the service we provide and a large part of this is ensuring our client’s money is safe. Our practices comply with the 2018 package travel directive meaning that your money is safe with both ourselves and the venues your choose to visit.

    The money for your golf break is paid into a trust account run by an independent partner, so you have peace of mind that no matter what happens, your money is being looked after.

  • What happens if we can’t go on our planned trip?

    Deposits are non-refundable, but they are transferable to a new date or break. We aim to be as flexible as possible and will treat each situation on a case by case basis.

  • Can we make changes to our break?

    Managing a group can be a thankless task and changes to the group leading up to your break are an accepted element. We make changes as stress free as possible (just see our reviews for evidence of this!). Changes can be made up to 6 weeks prior to your break. Some changes are unavoidable so for legitimate reasons we will endeavour to make last minute changes after this period, but as we would have paid our venues at this point, this would be at the discretion of the venue(s) you are visiting.

  • Why book with a tour operator?

    Good question, could you not do this all yourself? The answer is yes you could. You are able to locate the ideal hotel with the accessibility you need to the clubs you plan to play. You could go back and forth with your target venues and line up the tee times.  You could also contact each venue individually to advise them of group number changes and requests during the build up to your trip.

    Alternatively you could;

    – Talk to us about the trip you are planning.

    – Receive quotes for perfectly crafted package meeting your ideal requirements.

    – Secure the booking with small deposits staged in a way to make your life easier as an organiser.

    – Have your funds fully insured and independently held by PTS, our client trust provider.

    – Have changes made to whole tours with just one call or email.

    – Receive exclusive extras such as free places.

    – Pay less with our packages than going direct to venues.

    Why can we do this?

    Quite simply we have spent years (since 2015) forging strong relationships with hotel, golf club and golf resort venues across the South West. We are the expert tour operator for the region and are know for our high quality and personal service to our clients (just see our Google and TrustPilot reviews).

  • Who uses Golf South West?

    The majority of our clients are UK based domestic travellers. We deal with groups of any size, from single travellers and couples, to large golf societies.

    We also are the favoured golf DMC for the South West of England and preferred regional partner of Golf Tourism England. We regularly work with tour operators from Europe, America and elsewhere to provide bespoke tour packages allowing overseas travellers to experience the beautiful West Country.

  • How are package prices displayed on our website?

    Prices on our our website are displayed in two ways. The first is on our Resort pages where pricing tables show the from prices for low, mid and high season golf stay and play package rates at golf resort venues.

    The second is on our example tour package pages. There are often 4 prices shown here, two for low season and two for high season. The struck through price typically shows the highest price the tour can be and is often active over weekends in that season. The offer price is typically a mid week price.

    Every tour quote we offer is bespoke and will vary based on a number of factors including the date, availability, group size, room type, time of day for the tee time, etc… Our package pricing is a guide to the cost of the package and is not a firm price. Please enquire for an exact cost.

    We aim to provide as accurate a price as possible and therefore try to avoid using shoulder/mid season pricing or twilight green fee rates when displaying rates. You may find an intermediate price for breaks in months of April & October at certain venues.

  • Why are golf resort prices the same as elsewhere?

    Put simply, all tour operators work from the same contracted rate card when it comes to stay and play golf resort packages. When it comes to golf tours, that is a different matter, but golf resorts are a level playing field.

    If you find a vastly different price, it’s likely you’ve been misquoted and usually this does come back to bite.

    The question this poses is why book a stay and play golf break with Golf South West if you can book direct or with one of the large operators and receive the same price?

    Benjamin Franklin once said “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after
    the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

    We have a small team so booking through us means you receive a personal service. You are more than just a number to us, we are a tour operator where you will likely get to deal with the same contact throughout the process, who will get to know you and your group and respond efficiently to your queries.

    We know our venues and the people who work there. This ensures a smooth process from initial enquiry to the end of your stay.

    Financially you have an extra layer of protection as your money is securely stored in an independent trust account and is fully insured when it is released to the venue(s) you are visiting.

    We are fortunate to have some exclusive “extras” with selected venues across the South West. We offer 1 in 16 free on every trip AND run an exclusive voucher scheme for our stay and play client bookings.

    We often feel we add further value to our clients when it comes to our bespoke golf tour packages, but you can rest assured that when making a stay and play golf resort booking, Golf South West will offer you an extremely high level of service, financial protection and may even offer you a saving or an exclusive extra!

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