Manor House - Wiltshire - England

Manor House Golf Club,
Castle Combe,
Near Bath,
Wiltshire,
SN14 7HR,
England


  • +44 (0) 1249 782982

  • Stephen Browning

  • Peter Alliss, Clive Clark

  • Andrew Ryan


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Many people go to Castle Combe for the motor sport. It’s one of the longest established circuits in the UK where, in 1950, a young Stirling Moss won the 2.5 litre race. But the 13th century village of Castle Combe is something entirely different and light years away in feel and pace to the race circuit. The village is simply gorgeous and undoubtedly one of the prettiest, most beautiful in England. In fact, it was recently voted the most picturesque village by English Heritage Magazine.

Situated on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, the Manor House Hotel and Golf Club is set magnificently in 365 acres of rolling countryside. The course is a relative youngster, opening for play in 1992 and Peter Alliss and Clive Clark designed it. The maturity of the setting makes the course seem much older, where stately oak and beech trees line the magnificent fairways. Alliss and Clark made the most of the undulating terrain and they’ve fitted the course into its surroundings like a silk glove. The River Bybrook punctuates the layout bringing its share of beauty and drama, especially at “Burton Brook” the 17th, one of the best and most exciting par threes you’ll find anywhere.

Today’s Manor House course stretches out to around 6,500 yards. It’s no championship layout but it will provide an enjoyable test for most golfers and real challenge from the tiger tees.

We’ve already mentioned one par three, but there are four other excellent one-shot holes on this unusual but dramatic par 72 layout. With five modest length par fives, birdie opportunities are there for the taking. The par five 3rd, called “Doolittle”, is perhaps the exception. This is the stoke index one and it’s a corker, where the land tumbles downhill and a valley requires negotiation before the sanctuary of the green is reached. The 7th, another par five, is a strategic test with its curving doglegged shape, which is further defined by an avenue of trees.

Just like the village of Castle Combe, the closing hole is one of the prettiest finishes in England. The green on this par four is guarded jealousy by numerous bunkers and a series of interconnecting ponds. A par here will be a fitting end to one of the most enjoyable and exciting rounds of golf you’re likely to experience in the whole of the British Isles.

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Description: Situated on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, the Manor House Hotel and Golf Club is set magnificently in 365 acres of rolling countryside. Rating: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 24
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James Reader
Nice course, but absolutely agree with the comments about the routing. Some long and steep walks between several greens and tees. Course marketing is also a bit over the top - the 17th is a good short par 3, but very definitely not "one of the top 10 par 3s in the world".
June 21, 2011
6 / 10
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Keith Baxter

I returned to the Manor House last week after a six-year gap and thoroughly enjoyed the round in breezy but dry conditions. We took a buggy as my playing partner was nursing a leg injury and can confirm that the rule is still to keep buggies on the paths despite the dry weather. I’m not a lover of buggies, less so when they have to be kept on the paths, but I certainly wasn’t complaining when we were whizzing along, making short work of the very long walks between some greens and tees. For me, the routing is the biggest issue at the Manor; the course itself is varied and at times very exciting. One or two holes could at best be described as barely average but the majority are decent golf holes. It’s the routing that lets it down and will always prevent the course from being top class in my opinion. The course was in excellent shape and the greens were running at a slippery 10.5 on the stimp according the guys in the pro shop. These were some of the slipperiest greens I’ve played on this year, so well done to the green keepers. Service, as has already been mentioned in reviews below, is exceptional and this improves the overall experience. The Manor House is an above average golf course at a facility where the service is excellent and this is a great mix for a short break and one that I’ve enjoyed.

June 05, 2011
5 / 10
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trevor robbins
My wife and I had a two day break staying in the hotel and played the course twice. The welcome in the pro shop was enthusiastic and efficient. We had a buggy on the advice of friends who had played the course previously but saw plenty of people either with electric or manual trolleys managing very well.The course was in excellent condition. Our visit was in the summer and the greens were true and fair. The first hole, a dog leg left, is one best played a couple of times to understand club selection on the drive. The second is a par three drop hole with again club selection all important. There is a good use of terrain making up the course and the signature hole, the 17th again a par three drop hole, is a joy. There are two greens available at the 17th both with water hazards.
January 31, 2011
10 / 10
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Tony
April 19, 2012
Please people, 6 ball ratings are for the best courses in the country, Sunningdale, Turnberry etc. I know the condition of the course is excellent and the food is great too, but this Website puts the Golf Course first and Castle Combe is a 3 ball course compared to the others on this site. I mean it's the 5th best course in Wiltshire.
Ben Williamson

The Manor House Golf Course is simply Stunning. Myself and a ground of friends went on a very good deal to stay at the new Waterful lodge which is superbly placed next to the 18th green. The course was just magical with my favourite being the 17th (Par 3). The guys in the pro shop were extremely helpful and i definatl recomend a bite to eat in the woodbury restaurant. Cant wait to go back!

January 27, 2011
8 / 10
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Thomas

I visited the Manor House Golf club with a few of my friends and we were welcomed by the most friendly staff. They looked after us for the duration of the day and every request was met with a smile. The Course itself was truly beautiful but challenging. If you do go to this wonderful club house i would definitely recommend having a bite to eat in the Woodbury, the food here is delicious and the service is fantastic! I will definitely be returning in the near future.

December 15, 2010
8 / 10
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Nicholas Seals

This is one special venue...Played it a couple of years ago and loved it then...but after recent visit felt compelled to share with the rest of the golfing world. Stunning holes, stunning views and in amazing condition...undoubtably the best golf course in the West/South West. No wonder they have a membership waiting list!

November 16, 2010
8 / 10
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Chris Howells
Loved this course, interesting par 3s and immaculate conditioning from tee to green. Staff very attentive and friendly and the food in the club house was just perfect after 18 holes. We stayed in the Manor House hotel and loved its character, customer service and, not to mention, great restaurant. Will definitely return.
February 09, 2010
8 / 10
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Jason Ross
This course is a gem! This is by far the best course I have ever played. The greenkeepers clearly take a lot of pride in keeping the course in stunning shape. I would recommend using a buggy if you haven’t played the course before and I have heard that they are renewing all of the fleet with new quiet electric buggies, to make the experience even more enjoyable! The food in the clubhouse is of an exceptional standard and the staff all seem like they are dedicated to providing a day to remember! I will be going back very soon!
February 03, 2009
10 / 10
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Andy
December 15, 2009
I agree with all of the comments above, however don't be misslead by the buggy comment - Buggys are not essential as many people enjoy walking the course.
Carl Tushingham
Played course in January after a spell of very wet weather, however I found the course in super condition, particularly the greens. A real mixture of holes with some real gems, 8th is a cracker and 2 of the par 3's, the 2nd and 17th are brilliant. Received a wonderful welcome from all staff and members, a definate must play course and deserves a higher ranking, I played Bowood a day before and Manor House is miles ahead in every department. A buggy is essential though!!
February 03, 2008
10 / 10
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Matthew
June 16, 2008
The fairways are immaculate and the greens are very challenging. One of the most amazing golf courses I have ever played. With the addition of the new Black Tees, one of the most challenging too!
Miler
There is no doubting this course is one of the most picturesque you'll play, certainly in the south west of England.The layout is its downfall. Walking sometimes is not an option, especially during a hot summers day. One walk between one green and the next tee was up hill and seemed miles! I have also played the course with the use of a buggy, which saves your legs a bit, but the carts have to stick to the paths at all times which meant taking 2 or 3 clubs out to the fairway for every shot.There are some good holes, but a also a few Mickey Mouse holes. The condition of the course and lovely club house could not be faulted. Green fees a little steep, but well worth a game.
March 29, 2007
6 / 10
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