The Wiltshire County Golf Union was founded in 1924 and there are now 26 clubs affiliated to the Union with around thirty courses across the county. Wiltshire is one of the smaller English golfing counties, but it has some wonderful courses that are not as well known outside the local area as they should be.

Wiltshire Ladies’ Golf Association was formed in 1910, so female golfers in the county were well ahead of their male counterparts when it came to collectively promoting the game just over a century ago.

The Manor House and its near neighbour Bowood Golf & Country Club are the premier golf courses in Wiltshire and these two modern 1990s layouts are supported by some fabulous old fashioned courses which predate them by more than 100 years. Kingsdown Golf Club is a fine example of Wiltshire's quality; founded in 1880, this is the oldest club in Wiltshire and the second oldest in the West Country behind Royal North Devon.

The two clubs of Marlborough and Salisbury & South Wilts were both formed in 1888 and North Wilts and West Wilts were established soon after. The vast Salisbury Plain is at the very heart of Wiltshire with Tidworth Garrison (1908) and High Post (1922) representing two of England’s finest downland golf courses. But any article on Wiltshire would be incomplete without mentioning the prehistoric Stonehenge with its age estimated at 3100 BC. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it remains to this day an important setting for serious archaeological study.

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

Top 100 Golf Courses - Wiltshire


1st Wiltshire - Best in Area

Few approaches to golf clubs are as grand as the entrance to the 2,000-acre Bowood Estate and there is a lovely feeling of peace and spaciousness here at Bowood Golf & Country Club.


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Manor House

2nd Wiltshire - Best in Area

Situated on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, the Manor House Hotel and Golf Club is set magnificently in 365 acres of rolling countryside.


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3rd Wiltshire - Best in Area

Established in 1880, Kingsdown is the oldest golf club in Wiltshire and the course is set on high downland where there are far-reaching views to the spa city of Bath.


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Cumberwell Park (Red & Yellow)

4th Wiltshire - Best in Area

Patience is key to scoring well at Cumberwell Park Golf Club. There's a couple of extremely testing par fives and a number of well designed short holes.


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Salisbury and South Wilts (Cathedral)

5th Wiltshire - Best in Area

Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club dates back to 1888 and the club has expanded to today's 27-hole facility. Simon Gidman designed the main Cathedral course in 1991 and it affords panoramic views over the medieval City of Salisbury.

High Post

6th Wiltshire - Best in Area

With stunning views over Salisbury Plain, High Post Golf Club – founded in 1922 – is an intriguing downland golf course that is named after the site of an ancient gallows-pole.


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Tidworth Garrison

7th Wiltshire - Best in Area

The undulating downland course at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club was described by Peter Alliss as "a gem of a course on the edge of Salisbury Plain".


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Wrag Barn

8th Wiltshire - Best in Area

Designed by Simon Gidman in 1990 when the architect was with Hawtree Ltd, the Wrag Barn golf course is set in more than 200 acres that once formed part of Lord Banbury's Estate.

North Wilts

9th Wiltshire - Best in Area

The course at North Wilts Golf Club is a quintessential, lie-of-the land downland test that is regularly used for national and county matches. There’s even an ancient, deep cockfighting pit to negotiate as a rather unusual hazard.


10th Wiltshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1888 and laid out across free-draining downland, the course at Marlborough Golf Club measures 6,469 yards from the tips where its unique clubhouse sits proudly at highest point on the property.