Although it is only 17 years old, Cumberwell Park has matured fast and is already regarded as one of Wiltshire’s top golf complexes.
The county’s only 36-hole resort, It has four loops of nine – each of which is outstanding – and excellent facilities, including a high-spec driving range and short game area.
Cumberwell was named in the National Club Golfer Top 100 under £50 list, and provides sensational value for money all year round.
The four separate nine-holes offer unique and enjoyable challenges.
The Red nine is a parkland gem, characterised by flowing streams and rolling terrain. The Yellow nine is built on ancient woodland and is home to natural water features that make the already-difficult test even more exacting.
The Blue is the most modern in style and is home to lots of large, encroaching water hazards that put a premium on accuracy and course management.
Finally, the Orange – the newest of the nines – is a links-style downland course that boasts great views. Few courses can offer the same combination of quality and variety.
The 8th hole on the Blue Course is a real tester for all abilities. A long par-3 measuring nearly 200 yards, it is played to a shaped green over a large lake.
The green cuts into the water somewhat so there can be some very tasty pins – especially as the tee shot is all carry. Make sure you take enough club! The green is two-tiered and the hole is generally played into the wind.
Depending on the conditions you could be hitting anything from a 5-iron to a 3-wood.
The Yellow nine is built on ancient woodland and is home to natural water features that make the already-difficult test even more exacting.
Everything seems to be in your favour on the Yellow Course’s 1st hole. A relatively short par-4 (it measures just under 300 yards) it is played downhill and seems to fill you with confidence on the tee.
Indeed, it is the most inviting hole on the entire complex. It is well within range for big hitters but that is where the only danger lies – misfiring when going for the green can end badly.
If you decide to plot your way down the hole, though, you can set up a very makeable birdie. Just make sure you leave yourself a good yardage into the pin.