Located halfway between Bristol and Bath, the course at Saltford was brought into play in 1904, with Harry Vardon advising on improvements to the layout within a year of it opening.
Club professional Leslie Mouland carried out a number of modifications in the 1960s then five new holes (2, 3, 7, 10 and 17) and four new greens (1, 4, 5 and 18) were introduced during the 1990s.
Today, the course measures 6,402 yards from the back markers, playing to a par of 71. The back nine is considerably shorter than the front nine, thanks mainly to there being only one par five on the inward half.
Feature holes include the long, uphill par four 6th, which is played to a small, multi-tiered green; the downhill short par four 15th with a steep fall off behind the green; and the signature hole 17th, a drop shot par three that’s protected by a little lake in front of the green.
Saltford is standard parkland with a some ordinary holes, a few good ones and a few hilly holes. In recent years a covered driving range has been added. The feature hole seems to be the downhill 17th, a par 3 with a brook to negotiate; a nice hole but I always find it frustrating that it is a call through hole and it always seems to involve a wait on the tee as well. It's a shame because the 18th is a nice looking sweeping par 4 down a valley.