What they say…
West Wilts Golf CLub is one of the oldest traditional courses in the South West of England, it has been characterised as an inland links course with stunning views across three counties from its hilltop position above Warminster.
Designed by the renowned golf course architect JH Taylor, the small greens and undulating approaches ensure you need to have your best short game with you.
The fabulous fairways are a delight to walk and play on. With excellent drainage from the natural chalk sub-soil, the course drains extremely well and is rarely closed.
What we say…
This is course will test you, no matter what your handicap is!
The club house sits atop a hill overlooking the golf course and the rolling Wiltshire countryside, it’s not a particular grand place, the shop is quite small, the practice nets are out in the car park and the practice area is contained in a walled off area by the changing rooms. Don’t let all that put you off though as the bar area and patio are well maintained and staffed by a really friendly bunch of people. The members here couldn’t be nicer either, if you want to bring your society to a club that makes you feel welcome than this is certainly one club to think of.
You get the feeling as you drive up the winding road to the course that the next few hours isn’t going to be an easy ride, driving up to the club house you can see the undulations of the course and if it’s a bit windy at the bottom of the hill, it only gets stronger at the 1st. The course does indeed hold the characteristics of an inland course, so if you are faced with a windy day there isn’t many trees to give you cover and you’ll need to be spot on with your club selections.
The course isn’t long, a Par 70 but take in to consideration a windy day and it easily add a few yards on to your round. There is no water on the course but every hole has well positioned bunkers protecting the greens, the key it seems with this course is the short game, if you have a good day within 150 yards and you can take those out of play you’ll have a good scoring round.
The course offers up its first birdie opportunity on the 3rd, a short 277 yard dog leg 3rd par 4, it lets you think you had nothing to worry about but then you arrive at the deceptively difficult par 3 with many natural hazards including a tumulus 30 yards in front of the tee. If your tee shot is a little wayward you be left short with a difficult lie for your next shot or you’ll be in the green side bunker. If you manage to beat the conditions you’ll be on a two tier green with a difficult to read putt.
The start to the back nine is not an easy one, you are greeted with ‘Cardiac Hill’, where most players are only too happy to see their drives reach the top. If you do manage to reach the brow your second approach shot must be played with care, as anything hard left will see the ball disappear out of bounds and anything left short will see the ball sitting on uneven ground with no easy route to the pin.
The 11th is named “the quarry” where the drive must clear the gorge below, any topped or hooked tee shot will leave you taking another ball out of your pocket and hitting your 3rd. A good tee shot needs to be out to the right hand side of the fairway anything to left will bring the bunkers in to play making par a difficult task.
The final hole is harder than its stroke index indicates. A good tee shot can quite easily find the gully across the fairway and if you have long hitters in your group they are likely to end up in the humps and hollows that give this hole its added difficulty. If you however you get a nice lie and hit a good second shot in you can walk of the course with a well-earned par.
£25.00 for a round here is worth the money. The course was a good test and the staff and its members made us feel welcome. What more could you ask for.