Manor House Hotel and Golf Club

Manor House Hotel and Golf Club, Castle Combe, South West, England, SN14 7HR

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14 reviews of Manor House Hotel and Golf Club

Spent a weekend in the Waterfall Lodge by the 18th (cosy but does the job). The course is very good (and I have played over 200 or so in the UK), I would return without hesitation. A good variety of holes (12th (leave your woods in the bag), 17th & 18th in particular). Very good value if you're on a golf break and buggies were only £20. Also if you're on a break, you eat in the clubhouse and the food/service is good.
The Hotel is close by as is the village of Castle Combe (which they will buggy you down to (and back) in the evening), the village pubs are worth a look too.

Posted by Ken Riley on 30/05/2012
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Wow, can't believe the last review. I've played Castle Combe a couple of times a year for the last 3 years and I;ve never found it any less than excellent in every way.
As result I've brought a society her for the last 2 years and we've been treated royally,
The course is superb and testing with several risk reward opportunities and some stunning par 3s in an exceptional setting.
Yes it can be pricey but there are many ways to play here at a discount, 2 for 1s, county card etc.
Before you start to worry, I have no stake in C.C I just think its a contender for best inland course in the region.

Posted by Chris Kendall on 15/06/2008
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Played here midweek July 07 (£20 using a county card . Standard weekday green fees are a bizarre £85).
I thought that this course was vastly overated.After a 200 mile round trip i came away disappointed as it hadn't lived up to my expectations.
With the exception of some of the par 3's i thought most of the other holes were mediocre.Fairly bland parkland holes on the level high part of the course where you have to hit through narrow tree funnels or 2 oaks either side of the fairway & some slightly silly steep holes across the valley (e.g. 12 & 13).
I'm a big fan of the designer Peter Alliss's work but i wouldn't attach too much blame & would say he did the best he could with the available terrain.
The second problem was the hilly nature of the course .There are several long & steep inclines & declines the like of which i haven't seen before on a course .This course can realistically only be played by using a buggy.However as i was in a 3 ball & a buggy was £37.50 this wasn't a practical or financial option so walking meant that after a while the slopes became unenjoyable.
Overall the course was well presented & in good condition (although i quite often had mud on my ball on the fairway despite the fact that it has been fairly dry for the last 2 weeks & the ball sometimes stopped short of the green instead of running on as i would have expected.I would guess that in the winter it could get boggy here).
It's also in a pleasant & tranquil setting(although there were no views to speak of apart from trees).
Staff were welcoming & efficient but my overall feeling was of playing the back 9 & not really looking forward to the rest of the holes & for this & the above reasons i wouldn't play here again.
Kevin B.

Posted by Kevin B. on 18/07/2007
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i am sure this is a great course when played on normal tees and untouched greens(not hollow tined).As we just played it on March 26th with the weather being fab,a few of us were a little disapointed having traveled 200 mile round trip to find the course shortened considerably(playing off white tees also)and very difficult greens to play into and to put on!.To sum it up this is good course played at the right time.

Posted by david cooke on 27/03/2007
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Having stayed the night before in the Manor House Hotel, I took my complimentary buggy up the hill to the course. Being on my own I was invited to play with a group of members. Fantastic company, fantastic golf and my apologies for taking their cash (24 pts on the back 9). If you do not have the money to play this course, then borrow it! You won't regret it.

Posted by Andrew Walker on 28/01/2005
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Played in September 2004. Fantastically laid out course, making great use of the natural contours to create some stunning holes, and where the ground lies flatter, some interesting design to make life tricky. Would suggest that some of the bunkers are made huge just for the sake of it, where more thought-out design/placement could have made the hole just as difficult and probably more fitting with the style of the surrounding coutryside. But, hey - I'm not a course designer, so who am I to talk!!!
Wonderful facilities that cover everything you could want before and after your round. Thoroughly good day out.

Posted by John on 11/09/2004
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I had the pleasure of playing this course during the recent hot spell. The course was is very good condition considering there had been no rain for over 4 weeks. Most courses I had been to to recently were very brown, but was very lush, the watering system must have been working overtime. As suggested by other players comments there are a great number of holes that are well remembered. I liked the third, the par 5, the 8th is a short par4 310 yards downhill, which is very driveable, this as well as the 11th, which was a short par 3, but very scenic. The 17th is a great hole, but the first time you play it, it is very much hit and hope it lands on the green. I will make every effort to return.

Posted by John Moore on 03/09/2003
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This is a superb course, and one I want to go back to again soon. When you play a course for the first time it's often a struggle to remember a lot of the holes, but here there are so many that I'll have good memories of. The 3rd and 4th holes as you head across a valley are outstanding to look at, and great to play. Forget what the previous report says about the 17th. It's a delight to view and play. Hit it long, short, or to either side, and you're not going to get par. The fairways are good to play off, but probably need a few more years to before they'll be at their best, and the greens were very quick and true. It's a great experience to play here, and if you use 2-fore-1 vouchers it doesn't have to be too expensive. Oh, we walked the course so it can be done, but there are four LONG climbs between holes so be warned!

Posted by Nev on 07/10/2002
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Delightfully picturesque course set in the most stunning English countryside. It is on the short side and a bit fiddly in places but is still enjoyable for all that. There are some quite strategic holes such as the 14th where you have to decide how much of the corner you cut off but at the same time there are one or two holes that tend to be a bit gimmicky. The 17th is an absurd drop hole where you just chip off the tee and hope it hits the green before the water, while the 4th is a case of just thrash it at the green and pray you hit it straight. This course is certainly worth a go and is always in immaculate condition. Hire a buggy unless you're Chris Bonnington.

Posted by MH on 08/07/2002
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Right well this course was certainly a new experience! Alliss and Clark have come up with all the makings of a real gem here – a really cerebral layout set in and astride a beautifully wooded valley in north Wiltshire.
The main downside is the length – or rather the lack of it. Off the yellows it’s too short at less than 6,000 yards so for a better all-round test go off the whites instead.
Anyone with an aversion to climbing hills make sure you get a buggy – they’ve got 40 in the garage!
There are some very memorable holes. The par 5 third literally goes down one side of a valley, traverses the bottom and then angles up the other side. Two shots to the green? It doesn’t look likely when you stand on the tee.
The par 3 12th is a long one (about 195 yards) where the entire ‘fairway’ is just one big bunker dotted with circular islands of short grass. It’s a bit of a course design cliché from Stateside but is still good fun to admire/play, depending on whether your drive has made it to the green or not!
The long par 4 13th is challenging and requires two good hits to a run-up and green that’s sided on the right by water.
However, the course is most renowned for the par 3 17th – a drop hole of more than 120 feet to one of two greens (yes really!) split by a running brook. It really is a great little hole.
Overall, the fact that it’s a relatively new course seems at odds with some of the holes which slice through the woods and, being completely tree-lined, look as if they’ve been around a lot longer.
However, too many of the par 4s just aren’t long enough, which is a real shame. In this sense, the seductive silvan setting is the restriction that prevents the course from becoming a potential stormer, as much as it is the making of it.
The whole place also comes across as slightly nouveau riche and you can’t help get the feeling that despite trying really hard it’s just not quite there yet.
Nevertheless, a very enjoyable golfing experience.
8/10
Young P

Posted by Young P on 21/11/2001
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Have played this course twice and find it to be the most attractive and well kept course that I have found in England. Very friendly club house, which is extremely luxurious and, although new, very handsome. Some of the holes will stay with you for weeks.

Posted by William on 31/07/2001
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Superb golf. Not a single weak hole, and several holes to make you take a breath as you stand on the tee. Even the stroke index 18 is a par 3 with a 120 foot drop to the green, which is protected by bunkers and running water. We were also welcomed warmly in the clubhouse. It is quite expensive, however, at £50 a round on a weekend (although my Telegraph Network card came in very handy, thank you very much) and when you add the buggy (£22), which you will need unless you are a mountain goat who doesn't mind walking half a mile from green to tee, it makes this a course to play on a special occasion. Well worth saving your pennies for.

Posted by DT on 13/02/2001
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A memorable round of golf awaits you at Castle Combe. Not surprisingly in one of the prettiest parts of the country you will find one of the prettiest golf courses, with some
great golf holes to test all abilities, the only weak one being the 9th.
Try and play 36 holes as you will want another bash at it once you have played the course once. Even if you only play 18, YOU MUST reserve a buggy (unless you are on viagra). The course is played through a deep wooded valley with some serious climbs between tee to green.
The 18th is a great finish with a beautiful club house and terrace to await a drop of liquid refreshment to discuss the "if only".

Posted by Nigel Warner (6) on 08/02/2000
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WOW! This course is designed around a deep river valley resulting in some truly spectacular golf holes including a classic par 5 which goes down the valley from a raised tee then across a wooded, river section back up to a green built into the oppposite bank! The 17th hole is a 140yd par 3 with a drop of at least 100ft between tee and green! The only downside to this terrain is a series of vicious climbs which explains why most people playing the course used one of the many buggies available. It is expensive compared to some but if you are looking for a venue for a special occasion you will not be disappointed.

Posted by Karl Baxter on 26/10/1999
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Course information

Number of holes 18
Year opened 1992
Designer Peter Alliss & Clive Clarke
Style Parkland

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Men's 6500 72
Ladies'

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Weekday round£59
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Weekday round£32.50
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