Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club was inaugurated in 1889, the same year that the Old course at Minchinhampton came into being. The first Captain of the emerging club, Arthur Hoare, laid out nine holes for Stinchcombe Hill’s founding members high on the hill, from where there are panoramic views of the River Severn, the Welsh hills and the surrounding Cotswolds.
The course was extended to 18 holes in 1906 and was almost completely lost due to the Great War. In 1922, F.G. Hawtree and J.H. Taylor were drafted in to ring the changes and began the construction of eight bunkers. Seven years later, James Braid made further alterations which completed in 1936.
Downland in character with good turf, Stinchcombe Hill has an interesting variety of green complexes and the course busts into life at the par four 5th with its greensite benched into the hillside behind a gaping chasm.
Stinchcombe Hill is perched on the edge of an escarpment and as a result has good views down to the south and across to the River Servern to the west. Although it plays like parkland there are not that many trees and has a fairly open feel a bit like Minchinhampton Old Course, and although it is not commonland it also has the issue of walkers and dogs along numerous paths around and across the course. Condition is generally ok although you would never say greens are perfect or quick but are generally acceptable.
After an innocuos short par 4 to start the round the crux of making a score is to play holes 2 to 5 well; generally all into the prevailing wind three longish par 4's and a long par 3 at the 4th make it quite a tough start. After that the course is scoreable and it has plenty of variety, never hilly but making use of any slight inclines, with a few nice dog-legs and good par 3's. Only one par 5 and oddly this is on the last hole. I only live 20 minutes away and find it an enjoyable course to play on an occasional basis.