Bowood - Wiltshire - England

Bowood Hotel,
Spa and Golf Resort,
Derry Hill,
Calne,
Wilts,
SN11 9PQ,
England


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Few approaches to golf clubs are as grand as the entrance to the 2,000-acre Bowood Estate. The Golden Gates are huge and imposing, the approach road passes through grounds landscaped by “Capability” Brown. This is quite something – apparently the Black Prince used to hunt here – but what is the course like?

Well, it’s essentially laid out on farmland. But don’t be put off, Dave Thomas designed Bowood, and Thomas was well-versed at subtly transforming farmland into great golf courses – you may remember he co-designed the Brabazon course at the Belfry?

Bowood opened for play in 1992, to much acclaim. Despite its agrarian beginning, this is a solid golf course, making best use of the estate’s mature woodland. There’s a fair amount of water, but rarely does it come into play because the fairways are generous. On the other hand, Bowood’s length is extraordinary – measuring a monstrous 7,300 yards from the back tees. But Thomas thought of everything, he created numerous teeing areas to cater for golfers of all standards.

There is a lovely feeling of peace and spaciousness at Bowood – it’s definitely a course of which the members are rightly proud. It is usually kept in immaculate condition and often plays every inch of its length. The pick of the holes: The 3rd, "Cascades" – a short uphill par three with the green guarded by a stream and the 17th, "Queenwood" – a huge doglegged par four (stroke index 1) with an inviting downhill tee-shot.

Bowood is a challenging West Country course, one of the best in Wiltshire. Play Bowood alongside the Manor House at Castle Combe – but make sure you take your best driving game along with you.

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Description: 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. Rating: 6.8 out of 10 Reviews: 12
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Hugh
Played Bowood last week and was very impressed. The last time I played here the condition was nothing to write home about but they seem to have improved things. Not sure who previously posted a 6 ball for Bowood... perhaps they've not played some of the real classic Top 100 courses. Bowood is good but not great... how can it be? But it's tough, the topography is rolling and interesting it's in good nick and it keeps you thinking an added bonus is that the staff are really friendly and it represents pretty good value too. Well worth playing.
May 17, 2006
6 / 10
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Adrian Constable
A great golf course set it a superb location. From the entrance in you know you are somewhere special. The course is tough for the lower handicapers but fair for all levels. Every hole is interesting and challenging. The condition is top quality, greens and fairways are some of the best quality you will find. Bad shots are penalised with heavy rough which helps define the fairways. A must play and very good value.
August 23, 2004
10 / 10
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