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: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 25
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Brian Tomlin
The course is excellent apart from a couple of holesthat look out of place on a course in the top 100another bugbear is that buggies have to stay on the buggie paths i do not know if this is always the case or it is just the time of year.I played it on a Friday and it was absolutley packed waiting on every tee and people were waiting behind us.
March 17, 2007
4 / 10
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Sas
July 16, 2009
Could not really agree with this feedback - I have always found the speed of play really good. Quite right about the buggies don't want them messing up the fairways like other courses.
Hugh
Played here last week as part of a golf trip to Wilts and thoroughly enjoyed. Wished I'd have checked here first and taken advantage of the free buggy offer. Ouch! Anyway, we walked and struggled in places. I didn't manage to keep the ball in play so didn't score very well. Preferred Manor House to Bowood which we also played on the same trip. Well worth playing.
May 17, 2006
6 / 10
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Hugh
I'd never heard of the Manor House until I spotted it on this website and what a find it was. We played and stayed here last November and I was entertained all the way round. Some really memorable holes and all set in the most beautiful hilly surrounds. Would have no hesitation recommending this place to any serious golfer - well worth playing. I've been meaning to write this review for months... just got round to it!
March 15, 2006
8 / 10
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Billy
Dramatic, varied, entertaining, exciting and exhausting sum up my feelings about the Manor House. The course is laid out cleverly using the land to its full effect, some of the bunkering is a bit over the top but hats-off to them for making it a visual feast. There are so many memorable holes that it’s hardly worth picking one out but if I had to, it would have to be the incredible double-greened 17th which is as dramatic as any hole I have ever played. A mere flick with a wedge will see your ball rise into the air and then fall towards the green some 100 feet below. Although the hole is only about 130 yards, it’s a really tricky tee shot and you can’t be short or you ball will be in the babbling brook which surrounds the green. A couple of serious cardiac climbs put a slight blot on the round and I imagine that some people would have to take a buggy… I can’t imagine walking down those slopes in frosty weather…scary! Anyway, I’d love to return here again to stay and play. The facilities here are quite delightful in every respect. A quality resort and a quality course through and through.
November 10, 2005
6 / 10
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Andy
The course at the Manor House is well worth the visit. After a gentle 1st hole, the 2nd (par 3) and 3rd (par 5 into and over the valley) are real quality golf holes and are a taster for the rest of the round. The 4th hole is a touch out of place (short par 4 up the hill) but in all honesty, this is the only weak hole on the course. There are plenty of chances to beat par but equally many places that may catch you out (in other words a good fair test of golf). The theme for me all round was that every hole is so different – Interest levels are kept up all the way and playing the Manor House was a real pleasure for so many reasons. The Manor House is more than a course though – the facilities around the clubhouse and also the Manor House hotel itself are quality – customer service is as good as I have had. Back to the course; sometimes courses rely on the resort side of things to make their name – not here though, this set of 18 holes would stand up anywhere and the management team appear to want to continue the high level of attention to the course and the golfers. As a closing note – this course is built through a valley and therefore there are some tough uphill walks – not a definite to rent out a buggy but worth considering if your age is heading towards eligibility for the senior events !!! Recommended ……
August 16, 2005
8 / 10
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Chris Jones
March 17, 2007
To avoid any confusion, the two nines have been reversed on the course now, so the reference to the first four holes are now part of the back nine - thanks.