J.H. Taylor laid out the original nine holes at Salisbury & South Wilts Golf Club and these are still in play today as the Bibury 9-hole course. This initial layout was extended to eighteen holes in 1920 by C. W. Limouzin, the secretary of Broadstone Golf Club.
These newer nine holes were then added to with another nine in 1989 by Simon Gidman, working for Martin Hawtree, who fashioned the present-day 18-hole Cathedral course. This layout now extends to 6,474 yards, playing to a par of 71; 35 out and 36 back in two returning nines.
Feature holes include the only par five on the outward half, the 509-yard 7th (rated stroke index 11), the short par four 17th (with two large bunkers in front of the green) and the par three finishing hole, where the home green is surrounded by five intimidating bunkers.
Course number 282 in England played and #416 worldwide. Great value for £25 twilight. Spent front nine enjoying quality of presentation of course, perhaps with the exception of the (seemingly common round these parts) chalky / stony bunkers although it just seemed to lack something......nothing special, the main thought was the quality of the tees, fairways and greensq. The back nine however has that 'Je n'sais quoi' (however you spell it !) that the front nine lacked. The 10th is a sweeping down then uphill par five, twelfth is an easy on the eye par 4, the 13th is a very pretty par three on which it almost feels like you have switched to a different course. The 14th is a short par 4 across the slope, all falling to the left and for the big boys would be driveable were it not for a devilishly cunning bunker "RIGHT" where you want a drive to feed into the green from. Very enjoyable course, with a back nine that is much better than a good front nine. Even the bunkers seemed to improve as you went round ???
We played this downland course on a day of high winds early in November. The front nine is very open and exposed to the winds, and with wind against is a tough slog. 3 of the first 4 holes are over 400 yards and all but unreachable in two in the conditions. As the course returns to the clubhouse at half way, it was good to play downwind on some later holes, I particularly liked the 8th hole downhill par 3 and the 9th which is long for a par 4 at 460 yards down a valley and then back up the other side.
The downland theme continued until the 12th, and after a monster par 5 at the 10th, had probably had the best par 4 on the course at 12, a slight left to right dogleg to a raised green protected at the front by some massive bunkers.
And then all of a sudden from the 13th hole the topography of the course changes, the fairways become more narrow, the trees more numerous and interest is ratcheted up accordingly. The two par 3s at the beginning and end of this closing stretch are good holes, but the outstanding trio are from 15 to17.
The 15th, a lovely downhill par 4 to a raised green, the next is a runaway par 5
with enough challenges to keep the golfer right on his/her game, and then a beautiful short par 4 down one side of a valley and back up to another raised green.
The Club seems flourishing, the welcome was warm, and the golf course an interesting mix of holes which got better as it went on. The views of Salisbury about 3 miles away are quite stunning from the higher points, the course is called Cathedral, and the famous cathedral does indeed dominate the landscape.
Course maintenance is good, although the greens were quite slow after heavy recent rain, But importantly the course is situated on chalk or something similar, which means it is never too wet underfoot.