What they say…
Knowle Golf Club is a well established and top quality members club that is renowned as being one of the finest courses in the south of England. We are a lush green oasis in the heart of Bristol and our beautifully mature parkland course offers an exhilarating challenge for all golfers. We are proud to be a members club, but we also pride ourselves on the warmth of welcome given to visitors and guests.
What we say…
Knowle is an unexpected delight! Having viewed numerous pictures on the clubs website site before setting off to play Knowle we certainly didn’t think you would arrive at the course through the back of a housing estate. It’s a strange journey in, you question whether or not you have taken a wrong turn somewhere but upon driving through the front gate you are whisked away to beautiful parkland retreat.
As soon as you have left the car park and arrive at the clubhouse you can easily forget that you are still in the heart of Bristol. The facilities at Knowle are fantastic, the main building is very impressive when you look back on it from the course especially as you make your way down the 18th. The club has a decent sized Pro Shop, the locker rooms are clean and well maintained and the bar and dining area bigger than in many big city hotels. The club clearly is well looked after and treasured by its members, but there was a slight feeling that we were being closely watched (by the older members) to make sure we adhered to the old school rules (no mobile phones on the patio) that were still in place.
We were lucky to play on a hot summers day and this really gave us the chance to experience the best golf that the course had to offer. The first fairway stretches uphill to a raised green and makes for a relatively difficult start, the green is very narrow from front to back and a par 4 will be an excellent start to your round. As with many of the holes at Knowle, the challenge here is based on accuracy and distance control, rather than power hitting, and after hauling yourself up the first fairway you may not have much breath left in you to swing the driver on the second tee!
This course utilises its landscape to great effect, whether its on the fairways or the on green every hole has an impactful undulation of some sort. The greens here are well looked after, they are quick and true, it seemed that they were being maintained and cared for by the staff throughout the day. The only minor issue we had was on one green where the cup didn’t quite sit flush, meaning a small lip around the hole, we had to really try hard to find this fault!
At the 6th hole club selection is crucial. it’s a great looking hole and certainly a highlight of the round but misjudge the change in elevation or the breeze and you could be struggling to make a par. The tenth is another testing hole, a daunting start to the back nine, an uphill par 3 in full view of the clubhouse, luckily the members here understand what its like to play the hole so if you are faced with a full crowd outside on the patio then you will be sure to get a ruptuous applause if you get the ball on to the green. If you don’t you’ll be greeted with plenty of encouragement for your next shot.
The back nine see’s a steady climb to the highest part of the course where you will witness fantastic views of Bristol and the surrounding country side as well as the many deer that wonder around the course, but you have to keep your mind on your game as there are plenty of testing tee shots yet to come. The 18th is arguably one of the finest finishing holes in the area. A classic par 5 that sweeps majestically down the hill to the clubhouse. Longer hitters can risk attempting to hit the green in two; the shrewd tactician may decide to lay up. Either way this hole provides an exhilarating conclusion to the round.
Its between £25-£35 to play here on a weekend, its fantastic value for money. If you are part of a society and you are looking for a testing but enjoyable course for your group then have a look at Knowle, you wont be disappointed.