The Top 10 Must Visit Courses for Your Golf Break in Somerset
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.
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: 3 Night Somerset Special
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: Somerset Coastline Golf Tour
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: Pride of Somerset Tour
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: Mendip Springs Stay & Play
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: Mid Somerset Tour
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: The Bradford-on-Avon Golf Tour
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: The Bath Golf Tour
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: Perfect Parkland Tour
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: Somerset Golf & Spa Break
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.
Recommended GSW Tour: Somerset Coastline Golf Tour