Bowood Spa & Golf Resort

Bowood Spa & Golf Resort

Bowood Spa & Golf Resort

Bowood Spa & Golf Resort | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts

Bowood Spa & Golf Resort might not be as well-known as some venues on the NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts list, but that is one of the reasons we like the place! There is a Dave Thomas-designed championship golf course along with a PGA Academy, while the luxurious hotel and spa allow guests to relax. 
Starting with the golf, and Thomas’ championship design. The course has played host to the Challenge Tour Championship for four straight years, with the professionals playing the course at its full 7,300 yards. There are different teeing options to keep a round at Bowood enjoyable for all levels of golfer. The venue is also home to a PGA Academy with a three-hole Academy Course, full-sized driving range and the opportunity to reaching lessons from 2013 PGA Coach of the Year Simon Shanks. 
The hotel at Bowood is a luxurious place to rest your head. The range of rooms is sublime, which each room being designed by the Marchioness of Lansdowne. From the Classic Rooms right up to the Luxury Suites, there really is something for all parties at Bowood, with views of the glorious Courtyard or the Capability Brown-landscaped estate at your window. 
For those looking to relax during their stay, the Bowood Spa & Golf Resort offer an incredible fitness and wellness facility. An infinity pool, crystal steam room, rock sauna and aromatherapy showers are all available, along with five treatment rooms for those that want to indulge in massages or treatments. There is also a fully equipped gym with state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment.  
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Bowood Spa & Golf Resort Overview | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Resorts

A Dave Thomas Championship Design

The Championship course at Bowood is recognised as one of the area’s toughest and best kept. Designed by the late Dave Thomas – the man behind some of the UK’s top courses, including Ryder Cup host The Belfry – it sits in 2,000 acres of listed parkland and was mapped out originally by the famous Capability Brown. 
Off the tips it offers a stern test to even the best players and measures a whopping 7,309 yards. This, coupled with well-placed hazards and excellent greens, saw Bowood host the prestigious Challenge Tour Championship for four consecutive years. Thanks to two other sets of tees – you can play Bowood at a more manageable 6,566 or 6,878 yards – all handicaps can enjoy the highly manicured fairways and greens.  
The long par-4 8th is the hardest hole on the course for a reason – and a real card wrecker. Measuring a whopping 463 yards off the tips, it has an inviting downhill tee shot and a severe dog-leg that you must treat with respect – getting greedy and deciding to try take too much off it can bring a substantial number into play. However, you can make a fast start at the par-3 2nd, which offers an early opportunity to make a red number. It is played uphill and guarded by a stream but, considering there are two par 3s measuring over 200 yards, it is one of the more straightforward holes. 
3 and 4 are back-to-back par 5s, but neither are genuine birdie opportunities as there are plenty of bunkers to catch any wayward shots. The 5th and 14th share a double green, with the two holes separated by heather and sand. The closing hole at Bowood is a tricky dog-leg par 4. Water on the left of the fairway for the final 100 yards can come into play with longer approach shots into the green, while three greenside bunkers await any errant shots.  

4-Star Accommodation

The hotel at the Bowood Spa & Golf Resort is a 4-star accommodation option, with every room in the building being designed by the Marchioness of Lansdowne. Classic and Luxury Rooms along with a bunch of Luxury Suites, there is something for all parties at the Bowood Hotel. 
There are eight types of rooms and suites at the Bowood Spa & Golf Resort, starting off with the Classic Rooms. These come in either Courtyard or Parkland form, referring to the views out of the bedroom window. Each offering comes with a comfortable double bed and plenty of bathroom amenities, while there are a pair of Classic Courtyard Rooms that have been adapted to make them accessible to those guests that require it.  
The Luxury Parkland Rooms come with a Juliet balcony to enjoy the views of the countryside, while the Luxury Tower Room has its own floor and features oval windows on both the north and south sides of the room. There are also Luxury Courtyard and Parkland Suites, with both options also coming in Four-Poster Bed form. 

The Spa at Bowood

The perfect place for guests to relax and unwind – The Spa at Bowood. The facilities include a 15-metre infinity swimming pool, aromatherapy showers, crystal steam room and a rock sauna, along with a relaxation area.  
There is also a full-sized gym with the latest TechnoGym equipment, including cardiovascular and weight machines, along with a wide-ranging set of free weights. Personal trainers are also on site for those that want to use their time at Bowood to increase their fitness levels.  
For those looking to unwind even further, there are a five treatment rooms, including a couples treatment room to enjoy a relaxing massage in. Facial treatments, mud wraps, body massages and holistic treatments; there is something for everyone at The Spa at Bowood.  

FAQs about Bowood Spa & Golf Resort

Where is Bowood Spa & Golf Resort?  
The Bowood Spa & Golf Resort is based in the English county of Wiltshire. The town of Chippenham is five miles to the northwest, while Bath and Swindon are around 20 miles from Bowood in opposite directions. 

What is the nearest airport and station to Bowood Spa & Golf Resort?
Chippenham is also home to the nearest train station to Bowood Spa & Golf Resort. It is in the city centre, five miles from the resort. Either a taxi or a bus service can get guests to the resort from Chippenham Train Station.  
Bristol Airport is the nearest major international airport to Bowood Spa & Golf Resort, sitting an hour away to the west, just south of the city of Bristol. The airport is a hub for easyJet,, Ryanair and TUI Airways, with daily flights to several European countries. London Heathrow Airport, the busiest airport in the country, is around a 90-minute drive to the east and operates flights worldwide.  

What golf facilities does Bowood Spa & Golf Resort offer?
As well as Dave Thomas’ championship course, Bowood is also home to a PGA Golf Academy, which features incredible practice facilities. These facilities include a full-length driving range with targets dotted in the distance. There is also a short game area and putting green, along with a three-hole Academy Course – the perfect place for beginners to learn the nuances of the game and for those more experienced players to get some practice in before taking to the championship course.  

Does Bowood Spa & Golf Resort offer golf lessons?
Simon Shanks, PGA Coach of the Year for 2013, is the Head Professional at the PGA Golf Academy at the Bowood Spa & Golf Resort. The PGA Golf Academy offers a range of coaching and tuition, with both individual lessons and coaching clinics available for guests and members. 

What are the green fees at Bowood Spa & Golf Resort?
The price of a green fee on the PGA Golf Course at Bowood changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. There are also stay & play packages available at the resort.  
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What accommodation is on offer at Bowood Spa & Golf Resort?
The range of accommodation on offer at the Bowood Spa & Golf Resort is sublime. Even the standard offering – the Classic Rooms, come with comfort and elegance in abundance. There are then Luxury Parkland Rooms with a balcony and the Luxury Tower Rooms, along with four types of suites, including the Four-Poster Suites which come in both Courtyard and Parkland form.  

What other resorts are nearby?
Bowood’s location in the county of Wiltshire means there are only a couple of other venues on the NCG Top 100s: GBI& Golf Resorts list within an hour’s drive. They are The Manor House and the St Pierre Country Club. Heythrop Park and Tewkesbury Park are both slightly further afield.  
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