Close to historic city of Bath, you will find the village of Gurney Slade and the Mendip Golf Club. The club was originally founded in 1907 and a 9-hole course was laid out. In 1965, Frank Pennink extended the course to 18 holes and, in 1988, the course was further lengthened and par was increased to 71.
The course is now a mature undulating downland course set almost 1,000 feet above sea level and at the highest point on the 3rd there are great views over seven neighbouring counties. With this elevated position, the natural drainage is as good as it gets and the course is rarely closed. But do beware of the ‘Mendip Mist’ – golf really played in the clouds!
Walking on the springy downland turf is a real pleasure and the fairways are often tightly cropped and invariably in better condition than many greens at lesser clubs. Overall, the course has much quality and plenty of variety. Ordinary is a word that would never be used to describe Mendip.
Most golfers visiting Somerset head to Burnham and Berrow, but Mendip is a solid design that has many challenges waiting to judge how good your game really is.
Mendip is undulating (very up and down infact), quite peaceful, with some excellent views from the higher points. I have played here a number of times over the last twenty years and I would say condition is generally ok, although this October it was very wet underfoot and the greens very poor; generally however when I have played greens have been ok albeit a bit on the slow side. There are some tricky slopes on the greens which does seem to be one of the courses defences. The course only has two par 5's and three par 3's, which does seem to limit variety. The first few holes rising up from the clubhouse are average and the last two down by the clubhouse are not the strongest of finishing holes; 17 is a short downhill par 3 and 18 a very short par 4 of around 250 yards and these do feel like a bit of a fill-in. In between there are however a number of interesting holes. The stretch from 5 to 7 is particularly interesting and comprises 3nr dog-leg par 4's of various lengths, including Stroke index 1 hole 7. Then another good stretch of holes with a nice par 4 at 11 (probably my favourite hole on the course), followed by a good par 3 and a short dog-leg par 4 at 13. Overall I would say the course promises much but just doesn't seem to flow or deliver any more than many other courses which is why I give it an average rating. Enough good holes and scenic location though give enough encouragement for a visit