Nestled inside a 220-acre wooded property on the western outskirts of Bristol, the course at Long Ashton Golf Club started out as a 9-hole layout in 1893. Twelve years later, additional land was acquired, allowing a second nine holes to be brought into play.
Fred G. Hawtree and J. H Taylor were then commissioned in 1937 to remodel the course into the one that’s largely still in play in the modern era. Today, ten holes are routed to the east of the clubhouse, followed by eight holes on the west side.
Feature holes include the first (and shortest) of the par threes at the 126-yard 2nd, which plays to a shelf-like green back that’s framed by rocks, and back-to-back par fives at the 498-yard 4th and 552-yard 5th.
On the inward half, the tough 477-yard 15th is rated stroke index 1 on the scorecard and often plays into the prevailing wind, while the 351-yard 16th in the southwest corner of the course offers a late chance of a birdie before heading back to the clubhouse.
The Long Ashton greens were upgraded over a two-month period starting in September 2013, with the job carried out in-house and staff working 12 to 14 hours a day for the duration.
Long Ashton for me is a tale of two parts, the first ten holes and the last eight starting from the 11th tee adjacent the clubhouse. After an innocuous opening hole the front nine has some interesting holes including the very short 2nd which sits in front of an old quarry face. A blind tee shot on hole 3 and then back to back par 5's; the 4th is a good hole with the drive needing to hit the hogs back of a fairway followed by a dog-leg, whilst the 5th is fairly straight but uphill and playing long with a tricky green. Then three par 4's, the 6th is the best looking tee shot on the course (but the fairway can get wet here), then a tough long dog-leg par 4 with pond left, followed by a short dog-leg par 4 with OB right. Hole 9 is a short uphill par 3 and then a drive over a road to a narrow fairway at 10. So enough interest up to this point, but for me this where my interest seems to wane as holes 11-18 seem to be fairly standard parkland holes that you come across on many courses. Practice facilities are good and I have found course condition fine when I have played.
Obvious comparisons with the nearby Bristol & Clifton GC, but in my opinion not as much variety or interest.
Very well presented course with rapid greens.
Several tricky to hold (all left to right) fairways and one very tricky green at the16th.
A coupl of very scenic holes that would grace most courses and some stunning views from various parts of the course.
Well worth a visit.
Course #422 worldwide and #287 in England