Map of Gloucestershire

The Gloucestershire Golf Union celebrated its centenary in 2006, only the eighth county union in the EGU to attain a hundred years of age at that time. The union represents golfers in around 50 clubs within the county – though, interestingly, the Gloucestershire website details 19 other clubs that have come and gone down the years.

The county, which comprises parts of the Cotswold Hills, the River Severn valley and the entire Forest of Dean, is one of six counties in the south west of England that form the South Western Counties Golf Association and it has triumphed in 27 of the 80 Inter Counties Team Championships played within the Association. Gary Wolstenholme, six-time Walker Cup player and one of the all-time greats of the English amateur game, was Gloucester county champion for four of the five years between 1992 and 1996 and in two of these years (1994 and 1996) he also won the title of English Champion of Champions.

Female golfers in the county were actually a little quicker than their male counterparts at organising themselves as they founded the Gloucestershire Ladies' County Golf Association in 1903 when a handful of clubs attended an inaugural meeting to establish the governing body. Nowadays, there are 38 clubs affiliated to the association, with club delegates meeting every quarter to help form policies and determine county spending.

Our Gloucestershire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Gloucestershire


1st Gloucestershire - Best in Area

“There is immense variety at Ross-on-Wye Golf Club,” wrote Frank Pennink, “and although it has more short par fours than most courses of its quality, they have exceptional features."


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Kendleshire (Hollows & Ruffet)

2nd Gloucestershire - Best in Area

Laid out in the Frome Valley, with plenty of water hazards to challenge golfers, the Hollows and Ruffet nines comprise the longest 18-hole course at the 27-hole Kendleshire Golf Club.

Players Club (Codrington)

3rd Gloucestershire - Best in Area

If you like it long, you'll love The Players Golf Club. From the tips, the Codrington course is a monster, measuring 7,106 yards... choose your tee carefully!


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Minchinhampton (Cherington)

4th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

One of three 18-hole courses at Minchinhampton Golf Club, the Cherington came into being in 1995 and was used for Open Regional Qualifying from 2002 to 2007.

Long Ashton

5th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

Established as a 9-holer in 1893, Long Ashton Golf Club became a fully-fledged 18-hole layout a short time later when additional fairways were routed across the limestone ridge on which the course lies.

Bristol & Clifton

6th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

The parkland course at Bristol & Clifton Golf Club sits a couple of miles west of the Clifton suspension bridge and the free draining nature of the property means winter tees and greens are rarely in use.


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Cleeve Hill

7th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

Like Woodhall Spa, Cleeve Hill is a rarity among golf courses in that it is easier to play to one’s handicap by stepping back to the medal tees which measure 6,448 yards with a par of 72.


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8th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

Founded in 1905, Knowle Golf Club moved to its present location twenty years later so the current course is a long-established parkland layout that measures just over 6,000 yards from the back markers.


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Cotswold Hills

9th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

It’s remarkable how mature the golf course looks now when one considers that Cotswold Hills Golf Club only moved to its present site at Ullenwood in 1976.

Chipping Sodbury

10th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

Chipping Sodbury Golf Club may be more than one hundred years old (formed in 1905) but its members have only played on an 18-holer since 1971 when the Fred W. Hawtree-designed Beaufort course first opened.