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.
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.;