Mendip - Somerset - England

Mendip Golf Club,
Gurney Slade,
Bath,
BA3 4UT,
England


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  • Vardon and Frank Pennink

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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.

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Description: Close to historic city of Bath, you will find the village of Gurney Slade and the Mendip Golf Club. The highest point of the course is some 1,000 ft above sea level where the views are far reaching. Rating: 3.8 out of 6 Reviews: 5

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

3 / 6
Mendip
October 25, 2017


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Really enjoyable golf course with friendly pro shop staff. Very well kept, complimenting the wonderful setting. Only down side seemed to be the slightly grumpy members who, after having a practice shot with a second ball on a tee, reminded me that "you shouldn't be doing that, young man". Obviously, if I had been holding anybody up, or even having a group in front of me, then he would be completely right, however he walked over to the 11th from the 16th hole to complain that I was hitting an iron off the tee and "the course should be kept nice for the members". Still, don't let this put you off!
4 / 6
Mendip
May 28, 2014


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Mendip is pretty much the best course in the area. It’s better than Wells by maybe a little bit. But perhaps it’s not as useful as Sherborne, which on this site appears only as a gem. However, to talk about Sherborne is to cross county lines and to enter Dorset. So yeah, for Somerset purposes this is the one. The views are excellent. Tantalisingly one can see the hill beyond which lies Burnham and Berrow. Now that is Somerset’s finest course. Back to Mendip though: there are some charming holes; the bunkering’s pretty good; it’s up and down dale so you get a good bit of exercise; it’s short but none too easy; while the greens are very lovely but inevitably slow. Overall, this is not golf country so it’s a kind of weird experience. But someone (Vardon to an extent but really Frank Pennink some years later) has done a decent job here. ANGLOSCOT
3 / 6
Mendip
August 19, 2009


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Green and lush downland turf this year instead of its often firey temper of yore, fast slippery greens ,and now abundant woods that have matured over the last twenty years drawing the course in from the open aspect it once had. On balmy days the greens are its only real defence, but when the wind blows - beware. Three new holes 12-14 and a changed layout have improved the test while keeping the best of the old course.Fun for the lions and the rabbits - worth a return visit and very good value. Last two feature holes can change a match around with birdie eagle finish. Views magnificent.
5 / 6
Mendip
August 13, 2007


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Mendip is a lovely varied Vardon course with great greens that are true and fast. Not a bad winter course and pretty good value too. Perhaps more of a gem than a top ranked course?
4 / 6
Mendip
March 14, 2006


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