Wiltshire is the only landlocked county in the South West of England. Whilst it doesn’t have the impressive coastlines that its neighbouring counties do like Dorset and Somerset, it doesn’t mean it’s not a beautiful place.
With gently undulating green downland countryside and wide valleys, Wiltshire more than holds its own in the South West of England.
There’s also plenty to see here. Stonehenge, the White Horse Trail and the Avebury Stone Circle together are a UNESCO Cultural and World Heritage site, making this a popular place to visit. Thousands of people each year even claim to see UFOs here, so there must be something in the air!
The county’s inland location means it’s a little easier to reach by rail and road than some of the other areas in the South West. Which is great, because there’s plenty of golf to be played here. In total, there are 27 golf courses in Wiltshire.
There’s no grander entrance to golf in Wiltshire (quite literally) than Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort. The huge golden gates mark the entrance before the approach road leads you up towards the impressive Bowood House and Gardens.
The course itself only opened in 1992, but it’s quickly been recognised as one of the best in the area and it became the official PGA coure for South West England in 2019. From the back tees it reaches a length 7,300 yards, but there are numerous tees eloquently designed by architect Dave Thomas to ensure it’s suitable for all.
Manor House Golf Club is another great course set in stunning Wiltshire countryside. It was designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark, and opened in the same year as Bowood. However, the mature grounds and natural design of the course make it feel like it’s been around a lot longer.
You can check out all the golf courses in Wiltshire below.