14 reviews of Bowood Park Hotel and Golf Course
day 6 last day of the tour , pro nice bloke engaged in abit of chat,told us were to go to 1st tee, front 9 abit bland but course really takes off back 9 some great holes, in fact not a week hole back 9, greens looked scabby but rolled really well, they all seemed to be up turned saucers,good pace to em, course is up and down so if your not so good on your pins get a buggy,would play again, clubhouse food was excellent,worth every penny
Played twice on a north cornwall tour, second day much better weather wise.
Found the course very enjoyable, some challenging holes, back 9 better than the front.
Unlike other correspondents I found the American style housing very easy on the eye, wish I could afford one!
The Cornwall 2008 tour began here back in early July for Young P, Young B, the Dark Destroyer, Jeeves, Canary and, of course, His Hairiness.
Under universally grey skies and with a decent wind up, we generally had an enjoyable day at Bowood Park but my overall impression was that it wasn't quite as good as I was hoping for - even though it is certainly good value for money on their bargain twilight rate.
The standout stretch is unquestionably 11 to 13 the most intimate and attractive holes on this parkland layout. 11 is the best of the par 3s, a 228-yard drop hole with minimal room for error. The screw is then turned even tighter on the narrow, scenic par 4 12th that runs along the valley bottom, with OOB left and the stream all the way down the right and which then cuts across the front of the green. Very picturesque. This is followed by a brilliant dogleg par 5 that just keeps doglegging acutely and which has what feels like an island stretch of fairway on which to land your second shot - an excellent hole.
However, the front nine is much more open in nature and nothing to get particularly excited about (although the serious rough is kept extremely long and is real lost ball territory, which keeps you on your toes). The trees in the middle of the 5th were a bit daft with the result that they could punish a decent drive and also required you to hit to the extreme edges of the fairway, which rather defeats the point of having a fairway in the first place. So there's no question the back nine is better, although I wasnt a fan of the American-style housing developments that abutted the 14th and 15th holes.
Honours for the day went to ..er.. me for shooting 79, but there was still a long, long way to go. The rest of the week was to be spent on the tour's natural territory: the links. Next stop West Cornwall.
'Young P' (h/c 10)
I played Bowood during a family holiday in July 2008 and have to say this course was just superb. I found the back nine very interesting and a challenge. The greens were consistent and very true and you could just tell the whole course is very well looked after. The only negative was the plots\houses round the course one of which ended up with my ball in one of the gardens ! The sinage was good from a visitors point of view. Overall it was a pleasure to play and with 2 fore 1 vouchers was excellent value for money. Brilliant !!!
played the course 22/08/2006 one of the best courses i have played one word sums it up superb front nine easier than the back nine
Truly an excellent course. A good mixture of engaging fairways and excellently presented greens. The course has plenty of ups and down and some interesting water, including a covered bridge. Your score will benefit from good positional driving and accurate approach play.
While I have to admit that it was a fabulous weather and I played my best for years, a lot of my enjoyment came from the beautiful designed course, with a good variation of holes.
A little expensive for Cornwall but, given the quality of the course, I felt it was well worth it.
Very nice course. Lots of interesting, character holes. Green fees were reduced to £20 due to the greens being hollow tined. One grumble was that we were told that we would be able to use a 'Two-for-One' voucher when we reserved our 9.22 tee time over the phone, but were informed that this was only useable for rounds starting after 1 o'clock, when we turned up. That aside, we enjoyed our round very much, particularly the back 9, which drops down out of the wind into the valley of the river Allen, the thirteenth being a real treat alongside and over the water.
Played all day here. Not cheap but quality.
Fairways and greens in superb condition. First 9 is more open and slightly less challenging than the back nine. Favourite hole is the Par 4 12th. One of the most beautiful and challenging holes I have played.
Loved this couse. Will undoubtably return.
Played 2 courses over a weekend Bowood Park & St Mellion (Nicklaus)& Bowood does it for me, It was in better shape. Not as difficult but enough for a 20 handicapper like me to deal with. Staff made us feel extremely welcome as visitors & we will all certainly be back.
I played three rounds at Bowood Park in August 2003 with four friends, and we all agreed that this was one of the best parkland courses we had played.
The holes are well designed and virtually every one presents a challenge, with decisions to be made from the tee.
The par fives are outstanding, particularly the 585-yard seventh (which became known to us as 'the brute'), and the 13th, which requires a second shot shaped around the sharpest of dog-legs.
Many of the par fours are very tough, particularly the 12th and 15th, where bad shots will be buried in watery graves.
The course is in fine condition, and the greens are true and fast, if patchy in colour.
It's a real challenge - I'm a nine-handicapper and I left reflecting on rounds of 85, 86 and 85. I hope to improve this record when we return next year. This relatively new course will become even better as trees mature.
The hotel is very comfortable and the staff friendly. The three-course dinners are delicious and the overall value for golf breaks is exceptional.
Our small group of six played this last March after some fairly heavy rain and we found the course to be in first class condition through out.
There really wasn't an uninteresting hole on the course, and we found the back nine to be above average and a good challenge for all levels.
The welcome was friendly and accommodating.
We all enjoyed it so much that it is the only course played last year that we we are going back to this year.
The real beauty of the course is that it is a fair test for golfers of all abilities. I play off a 27 handicap.
Clive Berry 23/01/03
We just came back from a three day stay at the hotel and were really well looked after. The course was in great condition bearing in mind it's December (no temporary greens being the best bit). My favourite was the 16th - not the longest of par 4's but just such an attractive looking hole.
A great course that I have enjoyed a number of times. Open fairways allow for some ragged shots! The pleasure is the 10th, 12th & 13th all gems which need more considered care.
played for the first time recently in a competition and our team came second so in my opinion its a wonderful course. Wonderfully wide open fairways which favoured my slice off the tee but lightning fast greens which are murder to read
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