Jeremy Ellwood pays a visit to Wiltshire’s biggest golf complex
Cumberwell Park Stay And Play Review
Red/Yellow: par 71, 6,435 yards; Blue/Orange: par 71, 6,377 yards; Par 3: par 27, 1,411 yards
Greenfee: £35-£45 per round
Cumberwell Park is 25 years old next year, and things have come a long way since the first 18 holes opened in 1994 – today’s Red and Yellow nines.
These offer a mix of woodland and parkland holes, with water making its presence felt on the Red’s well-bunkered par-3 3rd, and unnervingly so on the Yellow’s par-3 16th.
The Blue nine, which arrived in 1999, is the longest of the four main nines and has two more par 3s over water.
The Orange nine (2007) plays over higher terrain and features a pretty rockery behind its final green.
Two years ago, an excellent par-3 course was added, with the Sawgrass-style island-green 8th the standout hole.
There is a great variety of holes from 109 to 180 yards and a further par-3 nine is under construction.
Also play… Kingsdown (kingsdowngolfclub.co.uk) is Wiltshire’s oldest club and enjoys a wonderful elevated setting just ten minutes away.
Cumberwell Country Cottages opened just over a decade ago, when an old tithe barn was converted into seven spacious one- and two-bedroom properties set around a courtyard.
The cottages are light and airy, and look out over a rear lawn flanked by well-tended gardens.
All cottages are well equipped with everything you might need for a self-catering break, from microwave to George Foreman grill!
All rooms are ensuite, with underfloor heating downstairs.
There are free laundry facilities should you get through the golf gear at an unexpected rate of knots, and each cottage has patio furniture for al fresco dining when the weather allows.
If you want to eat out, the golf club’s traditional oak-framed Wraxall Bar and Brasserie offers a comprehensive all-day menu.
Where else… The fabulous Roman spa city of Bath (visitbath.co.uk) a few miles west is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A two-night bed and breakfast stay at Cumberwell Country Cottages, including three rounds of golf at Cumberwell Park, costs from £175pp.
Cumberwell Park lies on the A363 in Wiltshire, a couple of miles outside Bradford-on-Avon and seven miles east of Bath.
Buggy hire: £20 per round
Trolley hire: £5 per round
Power trolley hire: £10
Club hire: £20 per round
Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Short-game area: Yes
Pro shop: Yes
Changing rooms: Yes
Sky TV: In the clubhouse
Price of a pint: From £4.20