Bovey Castle Golf Course

North Bovey,

Dartmoor National Park, Devon TQ13 8RE

  • Office

    +44 (0)1647 445 000
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)844 474 0078
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1647 440 961
  • Golf pro

    Richard Lewis
  • Academy

    Bovey Castle Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (especially on back-nine, and between 9th and 10th holes).

  • Surroundings:


  • Designer:

    Original design by John Frederick 'Aber' Abercromby. Improvements made by Tom Mackenzie and Donald Steel based on the original layout (2003).

SSS or slope






How to get there:

17 miles W of Exeter.

Leave the M5 motorway just south of Exeter at exit 31 and follow the A38 direction Plymouth. After approx 11 miles turn right on to the A382 direction Bovey Tracey. After 9 miles, in Moretonhampstead, turn left onto the B3212 direction Postbridge. After approx 2 miles entrance to Bovey Castle is on your left.

Bovey Castle

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1926

There's no doubting Bovey Castle's 5-star credentials as a great sporting estate and ideal weekend retreat - England's equivalent to the likes of Gleneagles and Turnberry in Scotland, or the K Club in Ireland (Golf World, 2019). However, in terms of the golf course's length and grandeur, Bovey Castle is not quite up there with its celtic rivals.

The front-nine, played on pleasant and flattish parkland terrain, contains some of the tightest holes you'll play on a championship golf course. Small ponds and the River Bovey ensure that water is never far away - the river has to be crossed on the opening seven holes.

The tightness and relative shortness of several of the par-4's calls for great accuracy from the tee. From the back-tees, the par-5 4th requires a very precise drive, later matched by the "eye-of-a-needle" tee-shot needed at the longish par-3 12th, and the pencil-thin landing area for your (blind) second shot at the par-5 10th.

The back-nine brings with it some slightly more open and forgiving terrain. The more undulating back-nine, has much less water in play, but severe rough often takes its place. Three blind drives on the closing three holes may well be accompanied by blind approach shots to the 16th and 18th holes.

From front-nine to back-nine, the picturesque scenery changes from views of the stunning castle to more distant vistas of neighbouring wooded hills and up to the open expanses of Dartmoor. With good maintenance throughout, Bovey Castle provides a very scenic, enjoyable and challenging test, even if the accuracy versus length theme remains ever-present.

Stay&Play at Bovey Castle: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

List of courses: England - South West


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details.

Other information

Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The modern history of Bovey Castle starts in 1880, when the very successful entreprenuer and politician, William Henry Smith (founder of the WH Smith chain of high street bookshops) bought 5,000 acres of Devon land close to North Bovey.

Following Smith's death in 1891, his son, the second Viscount Hambleden, decided to build a grand mansion house on the land purchased in Devon. Walter E Smith was commissioned as the architect, and the splendid mansion was built in 1907 in the style of a tudor castle, with a complete disregard for expense. In 1929 the house was acquired by the Great Western Railway Company, and its life as a hotel commenced. The 18-hole golf course was built at this time.

In 2003, Peter de Savary (also responsible for the creation of the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle) acquired Bovey Castle and invested over £30 million in the castle, golf course and estate. The transformed 5-star resort re-opened in April 2004 to great acclaim.


  • Bovey Castle5-star

    North Bovey, Dartmoor National Park, Devon TQ13 8RE

    +44 (0)1647 445 000

    Visit website

    Bovey Castle on Dartmoor National Park is one of the original great sporting estates in Britain, in a similar mould to Turnberry or Gleneagles. The individually designed castle rooms and 3-bedroomed lodges provide excellent accommodation. In addition to the Elemis Spa and pool, a challenging golf course and stunning scenery, there are numerous other activities to enjoy, including fly fishing, archery, pistol shooting, tennis, falconry and of course, fine wine and dining.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Bovey Castle

    • Golf within 5 miles:


    • Golf within 20 miles:


Find a course



124th US Open: the No.2 Course at Pinehurst once again plays host to this most illustrious championship (June 13-16). Wyndham Clark defends his title, having won at Los Angeles CC in 2023.

79th Women’s US Open: the second women’s major championship of the season gets underway at Lancaster CC in Pennsylvania. It’s the second time the championship has been held here.
(May 30-June 2).

Who's Who

Nelly Korda: won the Mizuho Americas Open (May 16-19) at Liberty National GC, continuing her extraordinary form in LPGA events. This was her sixth win in seven starts in 2024.

Xander Schauffele: recorded his first major championship win, and second record-equalling low score of 62 in a major. Only he, Branden Grace, Rickie Fowler and Shane Lowry have achieved this feat in a men’s major championship.

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.

Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.

Prince's Golf Club, Kent (UK)

Here at Prince’s Golf Club you'll find 27 excellent holes of links golf. Just over the fence and sharing similar terrain is Royal St George’s; but Prince’s is far from overshadowed by its venerable neighbour. The three nine-hole loops at Prince's, laid out over gently undulating terrain, are sure to bring a smile of satisfaction to all lovers of links golf.

Stay&Play at Prince's: excellent onsite Lodge accommodation available

Popular videos

You can subscribe to the Where2Golf channel on YT if you like to see more video content. You'll find a "Subscribe" button on any of our YouTube videos. Or if you want a quick and direct access subscribe here. Once done, any new published videos will show up in your Subscriptions feed.

Hamburger GC - Falkenstein, Germany

WINSTONgolf - Links course

Littlestone Golf Club (Kent, UK)