Opened for business in May 1997, with an 18-hole golf course designed by Adrian Stiff, The Kendleshire Golf Club has since developed into a 27-hole golf facility, thanks to the addition of a shorter third nine (named the Badminton course) by Peter McEvoy in 2001.
The Hollows and Ruffet nines form the original course and this testing track has been used on several occasions to host Euro Pro Tour events for professionals. Water comes into the reckoning at four Hollows holes, with the signature 2nd hole on the Ruffet played to an island green.
The overall yardage for the Hollows and Ruffet combination is 6,599 yards, with par set at 71 and a standard scratch score of 73 so don’t expect a walk in the park if you tee it up here. Avoid the sand and water hazards at all cost to score well here, otherwise you might toil on this technically demanding layout.
The Kendleshire starts promisingly enough with good practice facilities and a few nice holes at the start of the round, including the 4th. Then there seemed to be a few holes which were a bit congested on a busy day. Holes 10 and 11 were good but thereafter the course just seemed to run out of interest and flow. A typical 90's course including water features and man made mounding, very similar in style to the nearby Players (same golf course architect). Personally I would place lower in the Gloucestershire rankings than nr 2
Very pleasing to the eye American design style course with a lake bordering two signature greens and a tee. Good variety of holes and in decent condition.
Enjoyed my visit and pro shop and bar/catering all friendly and helpful.
If I had to say anything less than positive, I would say ideally it could have done with a little more imagination / earth movement when forming a few of the greens and several of the tees, which in places seem a little bland and below the standard of the rest of the course.
Avoid the bunker on the par three second hole.... I have been in bigger and deeper - but I gave up after five attempts to get out ruining a front nine made up of that blob, a bogey on the 3rd and seven pars.
Played equally well on back nine apart from going right through the signature 11th island green into water then again finding water on the 16th and 18th both of which are good holes which I just played badly.
As it was stonkingly hot and the lunch between was nice didn't bother playing the Badminton nine holes.
Course #293 played in England and #428 worldwide.