Bristol is the most populated city in South West England, and is one of the top ten largest cities in England altogether.
At first you may think of Bristol for its ancient forts and villas that roam the lands. However the wider South West region of England is also known for some of the best golf courses in the country.
With that being said, there are some good options in and around Bristol that are well worth a visit.
1. The Players Golf Club
💷 Green Fees from £36
The Players Golf Club is just outside of Bristol and actually has two full eighteen hole golf courses and a nine hole par three course as well.
In it’s short history (the club opened in 2002), the course has already hosted several events for the European tours such as qualifying school events, West Region PGA Championships and a number of televised Europro Tour competitions.
That speaks volumes in itself, with the course regarded as a top tier course in the area that will have you feeling like a Tour player yourself.
The layout is designed to test you mentally with some deceiving tricky holes, but that will also leave you with a thrill after you conquer each hole. This should be right at the top of your list if you’re making a trip to Bristol.
2. Long Ashton Golf Club
💷 Green Fees from £50
Next up on the list we have the Long Ashton Golf Club, which is famously the home course of European Tour Pro Chris Wood.
The club boasts that no two holes are the same and each one will not only present you with a different look, but different challenges as well. The 8th is the pick of the bunch, a drivable par 4 with little room for error creating a true risk-reward hole.
Set in 220 acres of mature parkland, the course offers stunning views over Bristol and the Somerset countryside, but the course is well known for its small, but fast greens. These have also been newly renovated to meet the USGA standards which is why they run so fast and true, yet are playable all year round.
3. Bristol and Clifton Golf Club
💷 Green Fees from £35
Bristol and Clifton Golf Club is one of the flattest that you will find in the Bristol area, but that doesn’t make it any easier than its counterparts on this list. It’s also one of the shortest golf courses at 6,413 yards, par 70 course.
If you don’t believe us when we say it is one of the best in the region, well England Golf itself thinks so, as many national golf events have been hosted there. For example the English Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship was hosted there back in 2016.
The course, like many others on the list, has also been improved recently with the greens being the main focus. Their speed was upgraded similar to that of the Long Ashton Golf Club, with these greens now giving a stimpmeter reading of over 11! Be careful putting on these greens, but that only adds to the challenge of the course.
4. The Kendleshire Golf Club
💷 Green Fees from £52
The Kendleshire is one of the most beautiful golf clubs in the Bristol area and one of the best with regards to the full course experience. The club is fairly new having first opened its doors in 1997, which means the old golfing traditions that sometimes hold a club back don’t exist here and there’s a friendly and open feeling about the place.
The club is a 27 hole venue and offers three loops of nine, so even if you play here a few times, you’ll get a different experience and can keep coming back.
But what makes the course special is its unique feature hole which is the 11th on The Ruffet Course which features an island green out on the water, modelled on the 17th at Sawgrass. In fact if you play this from the purple tees it’s just 1 yard shorter than the original. If you’re not lucky enough to make it over to Florida, The Kendleshire isn’t a bad option.
5. Weston-Super-Mare Golf Club
💷 Green Fees from £45
Weston-Super-Mare Golf Club is right on the coast and close to the seafront, but also only a few hundred yards away from the town at the same time. This makes for a quick and easy day trip for those looking to get away from the town for a short time to enjoy some golf.
The course itself is one of the few links courses in the area making it a nice change from the others on the list if you’re playing a few days straight. The course features some tough fairways and greens and like a lot of links courses, it places the premium on accurate shots and being able to think a little more creatively to plot your way around the course.
Even if your golf isn’t quite on point, the unique location offers some excellent views across the Bristol Channel over towards Cardiff, so you’re still bound to enjoy the experience.
6. Chipping Sodbury Golf Club
💷 Green Fees from £30
Chipping Sodbury Golf Club is quite the opposite of Weston Super Mare, as you can rarely escape the trees on this golf course!
A classic parkland course, trees line nearly every fairway and green, giving little room for error. And although there’s no sea, there’s plenty of water with hazards proving a regular feature on the course and liable to catch a ball or two.
From the back tees the course reaches nearly 7,000 yards in total, making it a good knock, and from the yellows it’s a more manageable 6,657 yards. Another course in the area supported by England Golf, the club has hosted the English County and Senior County Finals over the past few years.
7. Filton Golf Club
💷 Green Fees from £30
Filton Golf Club is one of the oldest courses in the area having been established in 1909. It’s another classic parkland in Bristol and benefits from its age with mature trees that line the fairways.
Thanks to several years of investments, t’s also one of best conditioned courses and you’ll rarely find the course on winter tees, winter greens or closed due to the weather making it an all year round course.
The club also have some excellent practice facilities, so it’s worth heading down to the club a little in advance of your tee time to make the most of them. Predominantly a members club, it’s worth booking in advance not to be left disappointed.
8. Knowle Golf Club
💷 Green Fees from £42
Last but not least is Knowle Golf Club. This course is one of the most underrated courses in the area, but a beautiful traditional parkland golf course it’s definitely worth a visit.
Founded in 1905, it’s one of the older golf courses in the area too. And that shows with the maturity of the course and trees that line the fairways. The course isn’t the longest at just over 6,000 yards but don’t let that fool you, well placed bunkers and true, fast greens make this a challenging par 70 for all levels of golfers
The course is complemented with a friendly, modern clubhouse and some great practice facilities including a small par 3 course which makes Knowle a great place to spend the day. The club is primarily a members course and only accept visitors from Monday – Thursday, so be sure to book in advance.
Map of the best golf courses in Bristol
That concludes our list of best golf courses in Bristol. Be sure to give these options a try whenever you are in the area next!