Situated on the cliff-tops overlooking the Severn Estuary, a mere 15-minute drive from Bristol, the course at Clevedon Golf Club was brought into play in 1898, just seven years after the club was formed.
Design credit for the 18-hole layout is attributed to J.H. Taylor and the course remained largely untouched until the early 1990s, when a couple of par threes were among holes replaced by five new ones, increasing the par from 68 to 72.
The old 5,641-yard course has been increased to 6,557 yards and this additional length, along with the construction of USGA-specification greens, has totally transformed the layout to ensure it’s capable of meeting modern-day golfing demands.
Feature holes include the 348-yard 8th (The Castle Hole”) with the tee positioned 200 feet above the fairway, requiring a 130-yard carry over thick vegetation to the fairway below – admire the views towards the islands of Flat Holm and Step Holm before letting fly.
Some good holes, some bland holes, some newer holes, some quirky holes. I have played Clevedon a number of times over many years and remain to be convinced that the course changes that have occurred have actually improved the layout. Greens and bunkers not always the best. The best hole is the Castle hole (hole nr 8) where you are greeted with a fabulous view of the Bristol channel from the raised tee; always thought this was better towards the end of the round (before they reversed the nines). Hole 14 is also a good looking hole, 180 yards downhill and appropriately called the 'Drop'. Quite a tough finish after this with four longish par 4's, the last two uphill all the way to the clubhouse.