Review for Manor House

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Have played here a few times in all seasons. Course has always been in very good condition and hospitality has been impressive - especially when staying in the Manor House in Castle Combe and dining at their restaurant.To the course itself. The first hole is almost a filler, with no real danger once the tee shot has been hit. Not the greatest of starts but you forget all of that when you reach the second tee. A beautiful par 3 - almost like you are separated from the rest of the course (this is almost true - it is a fair old walk from the first and even longer up the hill to the 3rd tee). The 3rd hole is one of my favourite par 5s in the country, threaded through a narrow valley of trees and up to a tiered green. 5-6-7-8 is also a great stretch of holes, with the short par 5 6th and the reachable downhill par 4 8th very birdieable, if you can nail the tee shots. Other highlights include 12, yet another great par 5 over a ravine to a raised and well protected green - 17, a lovely flick with a wedge down about 90ft (although in my opinion not the best par 3 on the course let alone the country), and 18 which is a pretty finishing hole although a tight drive and challenging approach.There are some average holes but to me the course is about having fun, it's not difficult if you can keep it in play but it's a well designed track and there are a lot of holes that will stick in the mind, especially on the front 9 and the last two holes. Tom

Date: January 29, 2016

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