Knowle Golf Club dates back to 1905, when founding members established a 9-hole course on the site of the local racecourse. Despite the strictures of a lease which limited the size of the greens and the width of the fairways, the golf course prospered beyond all expectation and an additional nine holes were soon added to the layout.
Almost twenty years after the club was formed, a new lease was secured on a more suitable property and the architectural/construction partnership of J.H. Taylor and Fred Hawtree was engaged to lay out a new course, configured as two returning nine hole circuits, with a grand opening ceremony conducted by the Lord Mayor of Bristol on the 3rd of February 1925.
Today, the course extends to 6,047 yards from the back markers, playing to a par of 70, and its tree-lined fairways are draped across a pleasantly undulating landscape that lends itself to the occasional change in elevation during the round. The Brislington Brook, a tributary of the River Avon, also threatens at a few holes, so precision, not power, is what’s required from golfers who play here.Notable holes include the 6th, a one-shot drop hole, and the picturesque 17th which comes at the end of a run of strong holes to conclude the round. The par five 18th offers a grandstand finish with the fairway sweeping down the hill to the large home green.
Knowle is a tree lined parkland course, with reasonably generous fairways, and a few uphill holes and a few downhill holes. My favourite holes would be the dog-leg 3rd and the 6th, a downhill par 3. Pleasant enough, but not too many holes stick in the memory (having played it in 2013)