Kingsdown is a traditional old-fashioned golf course built on farmland and with some spectacular views of the hills around Bath. It was in excellent condition when we played, and although we had to cross two roads this was hardly an inconvenience.
The defence of the course is its undulating greens, even though they were only moderately fast. As a result putts were extremely difficult to read or assess correctly for pace. Strong bunkering throughout both on the fairways and around the greens had a knack of penalising what seemed a well struck shot and making approach shots to the greens particularly difficult. To score well, a very tidy short game is needed at Kingsdown and knowledge of the greens. This of course only comes after playing the course a few times.
There are some good holes but few memorable ones, with my abiding memory being of a hole down one tree-lined fairway followed by the next running directly parallel but in the opposite direction. To my mind, the holes from 12 to 16 were particularly dull, and lacking in quality. The two best holes were both par 3s, the first at 4 with its roller-coaster green and the second the downhill 17th, which is also the signature hole.
Kingsdown offered an agreeable round of golf on a sunny day, but is rated too highly at number 4 in Wiltshire. There is just not enough in its design to make me see it as anymore than just an average golf course.
Date: June 18, 2021