Hallmark Hotel, The Welcombe

Warwick Road,

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 0NR

  • Office

    +44 (0)1789 413 845
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1789 413 800
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1789 262 028
  • Golf pro

    Andrew Jones (Head PGA Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    Tom McAuley

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6288
5801
5523
Par
70
70
70
SSS or slope
70
68
72

Location

Latitude:

52.203999

Longitude:

-1.691045

How to get there:

1 mi NE of Stratford-upon-Avon / 25 mi SE of Birmingham.

Leave the M40 at exit 15. Follow the A46 direction Stratford. After 2 mi at roundabout turn left onto the A439 direction Stratford Town Centre. After 3.2 mi the Welcombe Hotel & Golf Course is on your right.

The Welcombe Hotel

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1980

The Welcombe Hotel provides an excellent Stay & Play opportunity, just a mile out of town from William Shakespear's birthplace in the centre of Stratford. The golf course, laid out in the grounds of a sumptuous stately mansion (now hotel), offers many undulating and stylishly crafted golf holes. From the layout's higher elevations you will enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding Warwickshire countryside.

Exuding a quintessentially English parkland feel, the course contains many interesting and challenging holes. Good quality bunkering and occasional water hazards play their full part, as do almost continuous elevation changes. Perhaps not surprisingly the undulating terrain throws up a few blind tee shots, and a couple of blind approaches, should you be out of position from the tee.

Big hitters will love the risk-reward short par-4 5th, with a blind shot required up and over trees and around the hole's right to left dogleg. Toughest of the blind drives comes at the prodigiously downhill par-4 12th (Poacher's Drop). At this gently doglegging hole, "nailing" your line over a marker post is vital.

As your round hits the closing stretch, the par-5 16th brings you uphill for a close inspection of the mansion and its geometrically laid out gardens. The short par-4 17th provides a possible birdie opportunity, before the par-5 18th brings you cascading downhill to the final well-bunkered green.

The course is generally well-maintained and presented, with sharp-edged bunkering and modest mounding creating an attractive look to the green surrounds. Hitting the generally smallish greens will test you approach skills, while putting on them is a question of reading the many subtle breaks and borrows. A little traffic noise creeps in at two roadside holes (the par-5 1st and par-4 13th), but certainly nothing to detract from the charms and challenges of this popular parkland layout.

List of courses: Around Birmingham, Eng

Visitors

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

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

Just 1 mile southwest of The Welcombe you'll find the historic market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. The town is now home to the Royal Shakespeare Company and its associated theatres. Also close by, are the neighbouring towns of Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa. Warwick is home to one of the finest medieval fortresses in England.

The name "Welcombe" comes from the Anglo-Saxon or Old English words for a spring (Weill) and a valley (Combe). The estate, which occupies land once owned by William Shakespeare, took its name from the surrounding Welcombe Hills.

Where2Stay

  • Hallmark Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon The Welcombe4-star

    Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 0NR

    +44 (0)1789 295 252

    Visit website

    Set within a private 157-acre estate, the 4-star Welcombe Hotel is one of the leading luxury country house hotels in the Heart of England. Dating back to 1866, the Jacobean-style house offers 78 stylish en-suite bedrooms and a 2-star AA rosette rated restaurant providing superb cuisine. With eleven conference and banqueting suites and an 18-hole championship golf course, the hotel is an impressive venue for residential and day meetings as well as team building, incentive and private hospitality events. The luxury Spa boasts a level deck swimming pool, external vitality pool, heated loungers, foot spas, thermal experience rooms, treatment rooms, gymnasium, aerobics studio and all weather tennis courts.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      The Welcombe

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      No

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      The Warwickshire; Coventry GC; Copt Heath; Fulford Heath; Forest of Arden (24 mi).

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