Orchardleigh - Somerset - England

Orchardleigh Golf Club,
Frome,
Bath,
Somerset,
BA11 2PH,
England


  • +44 (0) 1373 454200

  • Golf Club Website

  • 14 miles S of Bath town centre

  • Welcome, twilight green fees available

  • Jordan Lawrence

  • Brian Huggett

  • Daniel Dredge

The country estate of Orchardleigh – which includes a large Victorian mansion, an island church, boathouse and a number of other listed outbuildings – is the setting for an 18-hole golf course that was designed in the mid 1990s by Brian Huggett in conjunction with Peter McEvoy.

It’s an idyllic setting for weddings with the little Church of St. Mary accessed by a small bridge over a lake but for those more interested in playing golf, the parkland layout here offers a really decent test on a site where other water hazards come into play at half a dozen of the holes.

The front nine are laid out on flatter land to the west of the clubhouse and the 414-yard 6th is the hardest hole on this circuit, with out of bounds to the left of a fairway that leads to a two-tiered green. The back nine occupies more undulating terrain and the uphill, right doglegged 14th is a tough nut to crack on the inward half.

The course was constructed within an established estate and the maturity of the setting contrasts well against the modern, target golf design of the holes where greens have been built to USGA standard. Originally called The Park, that name was dropped when proposals for a second 18-hole course fell through.
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Description: The country estate of Orchardleigh is the setting for the golf club and an 18-hole golf course that was designed in the mid 1990s by Brian Huggett in conjunction with Peter McEvoy. Rating: 3.5 out of 6 Reviews: 4
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Keith Baxter

Playing parkland courses in the depths of winter is never ideal but we decided to take a look at the leafless skeleton of Orchardleigh last month after a spell of dry winter weather.

The setting in the heart of the 500-acre gated Orchardleigh Estate is gorgeous, but you wouldn’t want to be dropped off at the gates, as you’d be faced with a two-mile walk from the public road to the clubhouse. I can’t think of any entrance drive in the UK that’s longer than Orchardleigh.

Unfortunately the course left me more than a tad uninspired. The fairways looked lovely, but the ground was incredibly sticky considering the preceding weeks of dry weather. The fact that the tees on every hole were playing off mats, which were at least 20 yards in front of the ladies tees, did not help one eyeota.

The bunkering is pretty decent and some of the holes are good, but too many are humdrum.

Maybe in the summer when the leaves are out and the course is presented at its verdant best, my opinion might be different.

I’m glad I played Orchardleigh but it failed to get my golfing juices flowing despite an enjoyable round in pleasant winter weather.

February 04, 2019
3 / 6
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Tim Richmond
Surprised at so few reviews. Played course today, fairways are a little muddy but this will be a good course when a little drier. Greens in good nick and enjoyed the course, definitely one of the better ones I have played in the area
February 22, 2013
4 / 6
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Edward Vale
Played here in late August, after a damp period. It is well designed, but will always suffer from not being natural golfing land - no tight links or heathland lies here. Lush with thick leaved grass, it is a course only for the summer in my view. The greens are cleverly designed, set across the approach, and the bunkers are in good nick. Fairways are generous, but you need to watch out that you're not trapped behind some magnificent, solitary trees. Lovely views from many parts of the course, particularly on the front half, but the back holes are more of a challenge and less like a walk in the park with clubs. It's the sort of course that must be a pleasant stroll in dry summer weather, but you never feel as though you're on a testing, "proper" course. It will need an army of mowers to keep the grass in check, as there's more than enough open space, and is likely to get better as time goes by. Simple, pleasant clubhouse, with amiable staff.
September 20, 2011
3 / 6
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Niall
Usually in good nick, this is a new course that looks as though its been around forever. Well worth playing.
May 17, 2011
4 / 6
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