Offering exercise, fresh air and a great social life, golf is an ideal game to get into whatever your age or fitness levels. From courses to clubs and accessories, here are some ideal places to get started…
BOWOOD HOTEL SPA & GOLF RESORT
Derry Hill, Calne SN11 9PQ
Enjoy a round of golf on Bowood’s championship golf course, voted one of the UK’s Top 50 Stay and Play resorts by Golf Monthly. Designed by renowned architect Dave Thomas, the course is an exciting prospect for all levels of golfer. Winding through the Estate, the beautifully manicured course blends gives a genuine feeling of getting away from it all, with extraordinary views towards the Wiltshire downs. Book a corporate golf day this summer and enjoy 18 holes of golf, coffee and bacon roll and a one course meal from only £55 per person.
01249 822228 | bowood.org
CHIPPENHAM GOLF CENTRE
Tiddleywink, Yatton Keynell, Chippenham SN14 7BY
Chippenham Golf Centre is a driving range, golf shop and also a par 3 short golf course. Set in the heart of the rural countryside of Wiltshire the centre prides itself on offering smart and modern facilities to learn and practice golf, with welcoming and professional staff on hand to help and advise.
Their golf course is perfect for improving your short game, with the distances ranging from 55 to 102 yards. Each hole has been carefully designed to test players of all abilities. All the holes are par 3, and the course should take less than an hour to play. As such, it’s a great introduction to the sport for youngsters and novices. Those looking to learn the game might well also be interested to know that the centre offers beginner group lessons – you can currently book four one hour lessons for just £39.99!
01249 783121 | chippenhamgolfcentre.co.uk
TONY VALENTINE GOLF CENTRES
Bradford Road, Corsham SN13 0RB
Unit 5, Barnfield Road, Great Western Way, Swindon SN2 2DJ
After 20 years of trading the philosophy at Tony Valentine’s is to make every golfer play to their full potential by making sure their equipment is a perfect match to their individual technique and ability. They do this by using the latest custom fit equipment as used by leading golf manufactures and even Sky Sports. Ladies and left handed golfers are also not forgotten; there is as much choice for ladies and left handers as there is for right handed men, which makes a refreshing change! Another service on offer is gapping, which helps you find out exactly how far you hit each club, which in turn will identify any weaknesses in your set.
The stores carry interchangeable heads and shafts from all the leading manufacturers, and it can all be seen on their ever-expanding website. On the website you will find all new current line clubs, along with ex demo and second hand items too. Not only do they have an extensive selection of clubs, but also equipment such as bags, the latest golf balls, clothing, shoes and golf trolleys – both electric and pull. They don’t only sell electric trolleys, they are also and authorised service centre so they can take care of repairs and servicing too. They have also entered the world of Facebook and Twitter! Follow them and you will be kept up to date with new products, events and special offers as well as having a bit of fun in the process!
01249 714466 | tonyvalentine.com
WESTBURY GOLF CLUB
Coach Road, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 4LX
Established in 1973, Westbury Golf Club is an attractive 9-hole course set in beautiful, mature Wiltshire parkland at the foot of the famous Westbury White Horse. With gently undulating fairways, the course suits players of all ages, whilst providing a good test of golf for players of all abilities. The course also has the added bonus of its own fantastic 300 yard 12-bay floodlit driving range, which is open to all.
A warm and genuine welcome awaits members and visitors alike, who can also enjoy the superb facilities of the clubhouse. Whether you are a potential member, casual paying visitor or looking for a society or corporate day, the team looks forward to welcoming you.
Pay and play from £13 per adult per day and £7 for juniors – no booking required. For adults, full memberships cost £325 per annum from 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017; and new memberships are being accepted now.
01373 822323 | westburygolfclub.co.uk
WEST WILTS GOLF CLUB
Elm Hill, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 0AU
West Wilts is an extremely friendly traditional member’s golf club situated on the edge of Warminster and the Salisbury Plain. The Club was established in 1891 and the course, designed by J H Taylor, has excellent fairways and greens on chalk downland with superb views over 3 counties. Very good playing conditions are enjoyed all year round. The course has characteristics of an inland “links” and being 5754 yards long (Par 70, SSS 68) with 50 bunkers and relatively small greens it provides players of all standards with a fair test of golf. A good short game is essential to score well.
All sections of the Club are very active with matches, competitions, weekly roll-ups, away trips all organized by the men, ladies, mixed groups, seniors and juniors.
Indoor and outdoor practice facilities are available including a state of the art GC2 golf course simulator and a fully qualified PGA professional (Lawrence Wilkin) for all coaching and equipment needs. Visitors and societies are very welcome.
01985 213133 | westwiltsgolfclub.co.uk
WHITLEY GOLF CLUB
Corsham Rd, Whitley, Melksham SN12 8EQ
Whitley is famed for its friendly atmosphere, where everyone is welcome to enjoy the golf course, driving range and clubhouse bar facilities. With a relaxed approach, it’s the ideal place to learn and practice.
While considered an easy course to walk, the 9 hole layout still provides a test that challenges all levels of golfer, with significant course management need to plot your way around the fairways and greens. If you don’t have them, they have the option to hire clubs and trolleys, and their dress code is casual too. You don’t even have to be a member, you can just pay and play if you prefer!
Social golf is at the heart of Whitley, and what better way to get exercise and spend time with friends than strolling around their parkland course.
01225 790099 | whitleygolfclub.com