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Courses Played

Bude Golf Club

Rating : 5

I have been a member at Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club for 2 years. Having moved to the area from Reading the membership price is great value but I guess it is all relative to what you are use to. Although not a traditional links golf course in the sense that it is not along the sand dunes, the sea is usually always in view and the ground is definitely sand based. A number of holes are open, and when the wind blows it is a real challenge. When you get to holes 9 and 10 you almost feel like you are on a parkland course - which is a real nice mix. But the par 5 11th will definitely remind you that you are on a links course with open fairways often playing into a strong headwind. Pro shop is well stocked, restaurant does good food, and there are a number of open competitions throughout the year you can take advantage of. Visitors are always welcome.

Rodway Hill Golf Club

Rating : 4

My dad was a member at Rodway for a number of years and so I enjoyed a few games here whenever going home. The course is built on a side of a hill so it is a good walk up and down. Some of the views on top of the hill looking over Gloucester are quite spectacular, and so even if you are having a bad game it is a nice walk! :) There are some holes with real undulation playing down or up to greens which adds some nice variety to the holes. I always found in summer the greens were too hard and so played almost like concrete. Any balls coming in high would have no chance of stopping. It isn't a tier 1 golf club, but if you want to get a few holes in, with being able to turn up and pay and play, this is a great option around the Gloucester area.

Trethorne Golf Club

Rating : 5

I've have done a couple of golf breaks down in Cornwall and Trethorne was the base for each of them. The accommodation was good, with the dinner and breakfast good at the club house. Launceston is only a short drive away as well in case you want to pop to a local pub. The course itself is a really interesting challenge. I think it was built into an old quarry so there are some real elevation changes. Quite a lot of shots into greens are from up high which most golfers prefer. Some of the shots in will take a bit of creativity as well. We have played in April time when it was a bit wet and the course quite boggy, although I know they have done some extensive work on re-modelling a few holes and improving drainage recently. Overall - really good, fun course, highly recommended.

Calcot Park Golf Club

Rating : 5

I was a member of Calcot Park for 2-3 years before moving away from the area. The course is top class. It is not the longest - but the greens are really tough and lightning quick in the summer. It really is the greens that protect this course. Pro shop is extremely well stocked with a really helpful team behind it, and the recent addition of a driving range make the practice facilities first class. With it being the best course in the area it is busy, especially at weekend.