What we say
Cleeve Hill Golf Club had looked set to close in 2021 but, thanks to a last-gasp reprieve, this endlessly interesting and quirky Golf World Top 100 course will continue to thrill golfers.
The par-71 (6,400 yards) municipal course was designed by Old Tom Morris and later adapted by Alister MacKenzie and, thanks to its dramatic 1,083ft elevation, provides stunning views over Cheltenham and towards the Black Mountains in Wales.
In a dramatic about-turn following a Save Cleeve Hill campaign, the so-called ‘St Andrews of the South’ now looks to have a rosy future under new management.
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If perfectly manicured surfaces where everything is ‘right out in front of you’ are your thing, Cleeve isn’t for you. If fun, entertainment and an almost bewildering experience appeal, start planning your trip to Gloucestershire.
Oh, and the green fee is insanely low – it’s just £25 to play here on a weekday and only a fiver more at the weekend, or you can enjoy a twilight round for just £15 every day of the week. Add it to your must-play list for 2021.
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- Address Cleeve Hill, , CHELTENHAM
- Tel 01242 672592
- Website www.cleevehillgolfclub.co.uk
|Green Fees||Weekdays: £20|
|Course Length||6,083 yards (5,562 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course has: Buggy Hire
- Course does not have: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course does not have: Handicap
I have played this course about 200 times so know it fairly well. The course itself is very open and dependent on the weather can either be fairly easy or very tough. It can get very windy up on the highest point of the cotswolds. The positives 1) great value for money 2) each hole needs to be thought about and you can use the contours of the land well 3) Great views - Fantastic on a sunny day - can see the severn bridge. 4) never plays the same twice - a challenge in any weather 5) is often open when courses on lower ground is closed. 6) course generally in good condition The negatives I would state are 1) on a very windy or wet day it is very difficult and can be unpleasant to some! 2) sheep can often be roaming the course and their dung can get everywhere! 3) lies are generally very bare so be careful not to thin shots 4) lack of any real rough means you can be quite wayward and not really punished for it. 5) bunkers are very difficult and have little sand in them so playing a regular bunker shot is pretty much impossible. 6) sometimes very poor golfers on the course - hackers in jeans etc..