St Pierre (Old) - South Wales - Wales

St. Pierre Park,
Chepstow,
Monmouthshire,
NP16 6YA,
Wales


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Just across the Severn Bridge is the resort of St Pierre, set in 400 acres of rolling South Wales countryside. The graceful 14th century manor house doubles up as an impressive clubhouse and a comfortable hotel. For safe keeping, The Crown Jewels were kept in the manor house during the Battle of Agincourt. The hotel sits alongside the St Pierre church, which dates back to Norman times. It's a majestic setting.

The Old course, which occupies a mature, former deer park, opened for play in 1962, and was designed by C.K. Cotton with assistance from Frank Pennink.

It was here at St Pierre, in the 1980 British Masters, that Bernhard Langer became the first German to win a major tournament. In total, St Pierre hosted the British Masters no fewer than eight times. Winners at St Pierre include five former Ryder Cup Captains – Tony Jacklin, Bernhard Gallagher, Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros and Ian Woosnam. Greg Norman found the putting surface on the 362-yard 10th with a 3-wood on his way to victory in 1982 and Ian Woosnam, “Woosie”, was St Pierre’s last Masters’ champion, claiming the title in 1983. St Pierre hosted the Solheim Cup in 1996 – team USA retained the cup, beating Europe by 17 points to 11.

Mature, sentry trees lie in wait to stymie the errant tee shot and a lake covering more than ten acres poaches many golf balls. The 7,023-yard par 72 layout is certainly no pushover – accurate positioning from the tees will pay dividends. Without doubt, the most famous and dramatic hole on the Old course is the 18th – a 230-yard par three – which, unusually, is completely devoid of trees. A solid tee shot across the edge of the lake is required. The elevated tee provides an ideal vantage point to celebrate glory... or to commiserate as the ball finds dry land or a watery grave.

The amateur Arwyn Griffiths will certainly remember the infamous closing hole at St Pierre. He walked on to the tee requiring a par three for an incredible course record gross 63. Sadly, he putted out, having taken eleven strokes. The good news was that his score of 71 was good enough to win the event.

St Pierre is a quality resort, now owned by Marriott. The shorter second course, the Mathern, is pleasantly challenging and complements the Old admirably. Ryder Cup 2010 course architect Ross McMurray of European Golf Design remodelled both courses in 2008. Each course has benefited from 18 new tee complexes, reconstructed, repositioned bunkers and also the Old Course has four new greens designed to improve year-round playability.

A visit to St Pierre will certainly be memorable, especially if you see the ghosts. Allegedly, a grey lady spectre and the ghost of the “laughing gardener” haunt St Pierre. The gardener apparently walks through the gate, into the walled garden and then disappears into the churchyard, roaring with laughter all the way.

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Description: It was here at St Pierre, in the 1980 British Masters, that Bernhard Langer became the first German to win a major tournament. Rating: 6.4 out of 10 Reviews: 15
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Adrian Gaspar
I was genuinely surprised to see this course in the Top 100. I have played about a dozen others in the list and this is the worst I've played so far along with the Belfry. Three or four very good holes, but I really can't see what the attraction is. I know these reviews are a matter of opinion but there were too many boring holes, the greens were bumpy and it felt like a purely commerical enterprise just piling on as many players as possible. I don't profess to be Tiger Woods but the 4 ball in front of us were woeful.
November 08, 2005
4 / 10
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Andy
Played here in fairly decent weather and scored just one off of handicap but playing here was a disappointment. At best I found this an OK parkland course but a Top 100 rating it is not. Could also be described as a good hotel course but after 14 holes I would give this a 2 out of 6 rating - This rating moved to a 3 for me purely on the imagination, quality and degree of difficulty of the final 4 holes - Maybe it is these closing holes that stick in the memory and justify comments in other reviews but for me it all came a little too late in the round to get too excited about the whole course.
May 23, 2005
4 / 10
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David Richards
First impressions were of a very professional layout. Lovely clubhouse, excellent range and putting green. The First is a cracking Par5 opener. As I went around it didnt inspire me as much as I was expecting. As you reach the conclusion though the last 4 holes are as good a finishing stretch as I think I have played. Upon reflection I realised that there is only really the short 8th which is a weak hole. There are 17 well designed and truly playable holes on this Old course. I would thoroughly recommend a trip here. Just make sure you are a few under your handicap by the time you reach 15, because you WILL drop shots coming in.
May 10, 2005
8 / 10
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Hugh
I’m amazed that only one review has been posted for St Pierre. I’ve been lucky enough to play here three times and it’s a cracker but very long and tough and oh so difficult to make a decent score. Great manicured condition each time I played and some of the best greens around. This is certainly a strategic course and you need to be in the right position off the tee to have any chance of getting near the pins. In a nutshell this is a real golfer’s course and you can see why the pros have been tested here. The drive from the elevated 7th is tremendous and the closing par three is truly memorable. You can now get some great stay and play deals, so it’s not as expensive as it used to be. Well worth shopping around and well worth playing the Old course. They have another course here called the Mathern but nearby Rolls of Monmouth is a much better bet.
April 22, 2005
6 / 10
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Andy
The Old Course is fantastic. The 1st and 9th on the right hand side of the driveway are good holes, I think the rest are great. Highlights include: the fabulous par 3 6th followed by the drive off of raised 7th tee (very raised!). The holes that really stand out are 15, 17 and 18. The 15th and 17th are made by their greens which back out into the lake, and the 18th is, in my opinion, one of the most challenging closing holes in British golf. The greens when I played were fabulous, which is saying something as everytime I go it seems to rain.
April 08, 2005
8 / 10
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