One of only a few English clubs to boast three full length 18-hole courses, the Old course occupies a separate site on Minchinhampton Common to the west of the town, while the other two layouts are located between the villages of Avening and Cherington to southeast of Minchinhampton town.
Both the Avening and Cherington courses are an amalgam of a mid-1970s 18-hole F.W. Hawtree layout to which Martin Hawtree (F.W’s son) added a further 18 holes in 1995. Each course utilises a combination of holes fashioned by father and son.
The joins are not seamless, especially if you study the green complexes. The older Fred W greens are smaller with less movement, whereas Martin’s larger greens offer more pin positions and have greater undulations.
There’s genuinely very little difference in quality between Minchinhampton’s two “new” courses. When Open Regional Qualifying was held here in the early 2000s the Cherington course was used, but the R&A later deployed a composite course because the Cherington – which is the longer of the two – only measures 6,459 yards from the tips.
I would say that in the context of the region , ie Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.... it is at the top of the list of courses in a region devoid of top quality golf.
The Cherington course is a links style inland course, fairly wide fairways and undulating greens, generally pitch it short to run up to the pins. All in its definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. It has 18 good holes but unfortunately nothing that you would call a signature hole. Drains very very well in winter and therefore a great all year round venue. Members are lucky to have this 3 course venue and as a members facility it is second to none, but on those golfing trips away with friends when you recite hidden gems or favourite courses, sadly it just misses the mark. One thing that could make this course really stand out would be to do something with either the 5th and 7th (par 3's that are remarkably similar to each other) and 8th and 11th (par 4's which are remarkably similar to each other) if money was spent to make 2 of these holes into "signature holes" you would have a truly destination course.
Set in pleasant Gloucestershire countryside, a relatively new course constructed on farmland in the 1990's. Holes 1, 2 and 18 remain from the original new (Avening) course layout, although 18 has been lengthened and altered. Arguably the 2nd is the most interesting hole on the course, a short par 4 where location of the drive is paramount to negotiate a 90 degree dog-leg. A few long par 4's to negotiate (notably at 11 and 12), with the white tee on 11 being the most interesting tee shot. Quite a strong finish with the best par 3 at 15 followed by three par 4's which you are always happy to par. Originally intended as an inland links (to complement the parkland Avening course), as time has passed and trees have grown it is now more like a parkland course albeit more open than the Avening. Hawtree Ltd have in fact done a report and steps have been put in place to restore the course to an inland links style, and I guess time will tell how successful this is. Not a heavily bunkered course, the dry stone walls running across holes (but punctuated by fairways are quite a feature); if you are offline and end up behind these you are at best chipping sideways.
A pleasant enough course but no real stand-out holes. Having said that certainly one of the better golfing facilities in a county devoide of too much real quality, I would say Minchinhampton is a good members club as combined with the Avening course you are provided with two 18 holes, a range and a nice clubhouse. There is also nearby the contrasting Minchinhampton Old Course which is on the common and by nature far less manicured but with some very interesting holes. The club seems to be fairly progressive and much time has been spent on firming up the greens over the last couple of years and they are much improved. Greens, bunkers, fairways and tee boxes generally in good condition and an excellent winter course.;