Described by the ancient Britons as the Land of the Summer People, Somerset is a popular West Country county, with cider making at its heart.

The Somerset Golf Union was inaugurated in 1907 and W.H. Fowler was duly elected as the Union’s first president. Golf in Somerset dates back to 1880 when Bath Golf Club was established, Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club was founded two years later. There are now 31 clubs affiliated to the Somerset Golf Union but visiting golfers tend to motor through this small but beautifully formed county on their way to play golf further west, along the peninsula.

Golfers in the know stop at Burnham & Berrow, which is certainly the premier course in Somerset, but careful and more detailed inspection of Somerset’s courses would pleasantly surprise even the most avid golf course aficionado. Brian Barnes is perhaps the most famous golfer produced in Somerset. Although he was born in Surrey, Barnes learnt golf from his father who was then the Secretary at Burnham & Berrow. Somerset has produced many fine county players but none finer than Colin Edwards of Bath Golf Club who has broken virtually every County Championship record.

Interestingly, female golfers in the county were a little quicker off the mark when it came to forming a governing body as they established the Somerset Ladies County Golf Association in 1901, six years ahead of their male counterparts. The association hosts a number of competitions throughout the year and these are open to all members who have a valid handicap, with gross and nett prizes awarded at all events.

Our Somerset Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Somerset

Burnham & Berrow (Championship)

1st Somerset - Best in Area

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club has played host to many important amateur championships over the years and the course is regularly used for Open Championship qualification.


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2nd Somerset - Best in Area

Set out on a former stone quarry that operated on high ground overlooking the town, Bath Golf Club is blessed with free-draining soil...


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3rd Somerset - Best in Area

Weston-Super-Mare Golf Club is a seaside course, lying to the south of Weston-Super-Mare Bay, with wonderful views across the Bristol Channel...


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Enmore Park

4th Somerset - Best in Area

Set on the edge of the Quantock Hills, Enmore Park Golf Club is a Hawtree design that offers a challenging test of golf to players of all levels.


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5th Somerset - Best in Area

The country estate of Orchardleigh is the setting for the golf club and an 18-hole golf course that was designed in the mid 1990s by Brian Huggett in conjunction with Peter McEvoy.


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6th Somerset - Best in Area

Close to historic city of Bath, you will find the village of Gurney Slade and the Mendip Golf Club. The highest point of the course is some 1,000 ft above sea level where the views are far reaching.


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Oake Manor

7th Somerset - Best in Area

Oake Manor Golf Club is set in lovely Somerset countryside and the course is genuinely memorable. The 15th, called Waterfall, is perhaps the club’s signature hole which is a cracking risk-and-reward par five to a green surrounded by water.


8th Somerset - Best in Area

Saltford Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 2004 and there’s been many changes made to its course down the years, particularly during the 1990s.


9th Somerset - Best in Area

Golf has been played on these fairways since 1898 but the Clevedon Golf Club was founded in 1891. Views of the Bristol Channel are arresting from the signature 16th tee, which is set 200 feet above the fairway.

Minehead & West Somerset

10th Somerset - Best in Area

Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club is the second oldest course in the South West still playing along its original fairways. Today it’s still a challenging layout for golfers of all levels just as it was when it was founded back in 1882.