Somerset is best known for the quality of its cider than golf courses but Oake Manor is definitely among the pick of the crop as far as the latter is concerned. A short drive from the M5, this outstanding US-style layout sits between the Quantock and Blackdown hills and offers a serious golfing challenge. Although the fairways are fairly generous, there’s plenty of water and bunkers to negotiate – aqua in fact features on 10 of the holes! You’re quite likely to spot a kingfisher, heron or swan.
Lined with trees and shrubs, Oake Manor is not long but offers a really good variety of holes – some are open, where you can ‘go for it’, while others require a more conservative play. Holes to look out for include the 10th, a long par 3 dropping down to a tiny green with a pond on the right and timber on the left, and the stroke-index-1 5th, a 412-yard belter with water down the left.