Tucked away in the scenic outskirts of Bristol on Honeyhall Lane, Mendip Spring Golf & Country Club is more than just a golf destination; it's an invitation to perfect the art of the game. With 27 holes divided between the championship Brinsea course and the more forgiving Lakeside course, there's something for everyone, from the scratch golfer to the weekend duffer. The Brinsea course, a Par 71 layout, is where you'll find intricately designed water hazards and lengthy par 5 holes that demand both skill and strategy. Particularly noteworthy is the 11th hole, "Kinheil," which has broken many a golfer's spirit with its Stroke Index One status, "out of bounds" areas, and a petite green guarded like a fortress. It's not for the faint of heart but promises an adrenaline rush that keeps players coming back for more.
For those still getting acquainted with golf or simply looking for a less intense round, the 9-hole Lakeside course is the ticket. Don't let its less intimidating stature fool you; with seven par 4 and two par 3 holes spanning 2329 yards, it still presents its fair share of challenges. Water hazards, lakes, and an orchard are just some of the obstacles you'll need to navigate. And if you're up for it, double the fun by taking advantage of two sets of stroke indexes that allow for an 18-hole game. While it may be shorter, the Lakeside course is maintained to the same high standards as its big brother, offering an excellent opportunity for novice golfers or for experienced players looking to work on their short game.
Off the course, the amenities don't disappoint either. The clubhouse serves as a hub for a myriad of activities, from casual drinks at the bar to hosting weddings and corporate events. If it's gear or training you're after, the Pro Shop is your haven. Helmed by Professional Will Hobbs, the shop offers custom fitting, repairs, and even a Performance Studio to help you analyse and improve your swing. For practice sessions, the club is well-equipped with a 15-bay driving range, putting green, chipping areas, bunkers, and even indoor practice facilities for those unpredictable British weather days.
In case you decide to make it a weekend trip or are attending an event, the club also offers onsite accommodation options. As comprehensive as it is captivating, Mendip Spring Golf & Country Club truly offers a holistic golf experience that caters to all levels of enthusiasts. Whether you're eyeing a championship run or just a day of leisurely swings, this club is ready to exceed your expectations. So go ahead, put Mendip Spring on your golfing itinerary; you won't regret it.