Golf Course: Open - Buggies Allowed
Designed by the great Dave Thomas and opened for play in 1992, Bowood is The PGA Official Golf Course and Academy for the South West, plus our 18 holes are rated the best in Wiltshire. Winding its way through picturesque valleys, streams and woodland, Bowood is an experience for all levels of golfer, from beginner to expert.
The opening hole is a long par 5. The target line for most is just left of the right hand bunker. Long hitters may be able to carry their tee shots over the bunker on the left which will leave a fairway wood to lay up or attack the green in two.
Two bunkers guard the green requiring superb distance control.
BLACK – 592 YARDS | WHITE – 577 YARDS | YELLOW – 564 YARDS
PURPLE – 454 YARDS
The brave may take on the tallest tree with a driver on this short dogleg. Others aim at the corner avoiding out of bounds on the right to leave a short second favouring the left side of the green.
This green looks flat but has lots of subtle slopes. Watch your speed as the ball will run out more than you think.
BLACK – 408 YARDS | WHITE – 365 YARDS | YELLOW – 340 YARDS
PURPLE – 306 YARDS
This hole is the first par 3 at Bowood. This elevated green requires one more club than normal to hit the correct tier. You may not feel the wind swirling in the corner of the course, on the tee, so take care and avoid the hazard short of the green.
A vicious 2 tier green. The green slopes from back to front. An over-hit putt can miss the green and end up in the water.
BLACK – 187 YARDS | WHITE – 162 YARDS | YELLOW – 157 YARDS
PURPLE – 132 YARDS
Drive towards the church steeple to leave a long second shot to a green with a large bunker front and right. Those requiring three shots should play to the left of the fairway bunker.
The green gently slopes from back to front. Watch your speed as you do not want to catch the tier!
BLACK – 440 YARDS | WHITE – 423 YARDS | YELLOW – 407 YARDS
PURPLE – 392 YARDS
A good tee shot can set up a birdie opportunity on this short par 4. Hitting the right part of this shared green is essential. Anything short is gathered by these difficult bunkers.
Part of a double green – watch for the tier on the back right, be careful not to get the wrong side or you will have a tricky putt!
BLACK – 407 YARDS | WHITE – 357 YARDS | YELLOW – 337 YARDS
PURPLE – 317 YARDS
This tee shot is protected by mature woodland either side leaving very little room for error. Favour the left with your second leaving a short approach to a well-protected green. Hit enough club to avoid the deep bunker at the front of the green.
The green runs from the back to the front, watch the pin placement, as there are some wicked slopes on the top tier. Third shot placement is critical.
BLACK – 538 YARDS | WHITE – 531 YARDS | YELLOW – 515 YARDS
PURPLE – 497 YARDS
The challenging par 4 features one of the toughest tee shots on the course, 220 yards off the tee will get you at the top of the hill, leaving you a downhill approach to the green. Bunkers placed both right and left of the green will capture any wayward attempts.
The green slopes from front to back so be cautious in your club selection, a ball over the back of the green will leave a tricky chip to return.
BLACK – 464 YARDS | WHITE – 455 YARDS | YELLOW – 425 YARDS
PURPLE – 355 YARDS
The par 3 eighth features a sizeable green with two tiers and bunkers on both sides. A good birdie opportunity on one of the short par 3’s at Bowood.
The green runs from back to front. Very quick from above the hole. This green is another that swings a little more than you think.
BLACK – 157 YARDS | WHITE – 149 YARDS | YELLOW – 145 YARDS
PURPLE – 137 YARDS
A mid-length par 4 with a visible dogleg to the right. Any wayward tee shots may be captured by the bunkers on either side of the fairway. Long hitters may reach the water from the tee, but a straight drive will set up an approach to this difficult multi-level green.
This hole runs back to front. It is very quick. Take care when reading this one.
BLACK – 420 YARDS | WHITE – 373 YARDS | YELLOW – 354 YARDS
PURPLE – 334 YARDS
This hole is a straight 400 yard gem. Favour the left side of the fairway as it slopes towards the right. Bunkers placed left and right of the fairway may catch out the longer hitter. More trouble beckons with 2 bunkers guarding the entry to your approach shot.
Choose your clubs wisely to ensure safety to the green for a secure par.
BLACK – 427 YARDS | WHITE – 402 YARDS | YELLOW – 397 YARDS
PURPLE – 388 YARDS
The eleventh hole is a tough par 3 with a large bunker at the front right of the green. Clear this bunker from the tee to find your ball on another two-tiered green.
BLACK – 217 YARDS | WHITE – 203 YARDS | YELLOW – 187 YARDS
PURPLE – 177 YARDS
Drive to the left of the fairway to avoid water hazard, beware the fairway slopes towards the water. Take an extra club for your approach, the hole plays uphill and two sets of bunkers await.
BLACK – 568 YARDS | WHITE – 530 YARDS | YELLOW – 500 YARDS
PURPLE – 488 YARDS
An accurate tee shot, not necessarily a driver, to a narrowing fairway leaves an easier lay-up shot. A well-placed approach offers a birdie opportunity.
A two-tiered green sloping from back to front. If the flag is on the top tier, the putt will swing more than you think.
BLACK – 585 YARDS | WHITE – 573 YARDS | YELLOW – 563 YARDS
PURPLE – 460 YARDS
Straight drive required between the bunkers to leave a short second shot to a large double green.
The only double green on the course slopes from back to front. Beware the pace, the ball will run out more than you think. Try to keep the ball below the hole.
BLACK – 400 YARDS | WHITE – 360 YARDS | YELLOW – 343 YARDS
PURPLE – 323 YARDS
This green is difficult to hit, so take an extra club. Long and right of the flag is the best position to make par.
A challenge to hit the green! The green is fairly flat and gathers pace as it slopes towards the left side.
BLACK – 216 YARDS | WHITE – 202 YARDS | YELLOW – 191 YARDS
PURPLE – 179 YARDS
Drive down the right side of the fairway bunkers. Setting up a second shot to a tricky green well-guarded by bunkers.
A tough green to hit. The green slopes from back to front. Beware the speed of this as it is faster than
BLACK – 423 YARDS | WHITE – 402 YARDS | YELLOW – 383 YARDS
PURPLE – 363 YARDS
This is Bowood’s signature hole highlighting a sharp dogleg with water guarding the left side. Long hitters beware of water hazard over trees. Shorter hitters leave a long second to a small 2-tier green with the right side favoured.
The green slopes from back to front. You must hit the correct tier to give yourself an easy putt.
BLACK – 463 YARDS | WHITE – 435 YARDS | YELLOW – 388 YARDS
PURPLE – 357 YARDS
The final hole requires a well-placed tee shot to leave a mid to short iron into the green. Longer hitters may wish to hit over the right bunker to leave a short approach to the flag.
Bunkers placed either side of the green will swallow anything offline. However, this hole could leave a good finish to a strong round.
BLACK – 397 YARDS | WHITE – 379 YARDS | YELLOW – 370 YARDS
PURPLE – 356 YARDS
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