Woodbury, Devon EX5 1JJ
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and woodland.
J. Hamilton Stutt
9-hole par-32 Acorn course (2297 yards). With its tricky green side bunkers, big rolling greens and testing second hole, this course offers any golfer a great round while taking in the breathtaking views of the Exe valley.
7 miles E of Exeter
From the M5 motorway just east of Exeter, take exit 30 and follow the A376 direction Sidmouth. After o.5 miles at roundabout take the A3052 direction Sidmouth. After approx 4 miles, opposite the Halfway House Inn, turn right onto the B3180 direction Budleigh Salterton. After approx 2 miles Woodbury Park entrance is on your right.
Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club: Originally founded by legendary Formula 1 racing driver, Nigel Mansell, and home to his excellent World of Racing exhibition, Woodbury Park is one of southwest England's best Stay&Play golf venues. The 9-hole Acorn course provides the chance to hone your game, before pitting your skills against the top-quality 18-hole championship Oaks layout, excellently designed by Hamilton Stutt.
Starting out with two sharply dog-legging par-5s, the first swinging to the left, the second to the right, you will initially play through the more wooded and tree-lined section of the course. From the bunkerless but fairly tight par-4 4th you head out into more open parkland, where excellent bunkering and several small ponds and streams provide solid defences to the remaining holes. There is plenty of undulating terrain along the way, although nothing too severe nor tiring.
The rolling fairways, European Tour standard greens, lakes and mature trees combine to present a scenic, thoroughly enjoyable and challenging layout. If your Match Play is all-square as you head to the 18th, this long par-3 closing hole, played over a small lake, will undoubtedly play its full part in deciding the outcome.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required for the Oaks course.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Less than a mile south of Woodbury Park, on the B3180 road, you will, maybe unknowingly, drive straight through Woodbury Castle. The castle is in fact a strategically located Iron Age hill fort, which is now a small but raised area of woodland, the highest point on Woodbury Common. The fort was built around 500-300 BC, at a time when the whole area was a forest. From here, the inhabitants had a commanding view over the River Exe estuary, as well as onto the countryside for miles around and out to sea. Nowadays, in this isolated clump of trees, which you are free to explore at your leisure, you can still clearly see the steep slopes and high banks of the former castle's defences.
Woodbury Castle, Woodbury, Exeter EX5 1JJ
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The Woodbury Park Hotel is located just outside the historic university city of Exeter, and within a few minutes drive of the beautiful River Exe estuary and the wonderful East Devon coastline. The hotel features 56 guest rooms, 5 luxury Swiss-style lodges, an 18-hole Championship golf course and 9-hole short course, Bodyzone Health & Beauty Spa, Nigel Mansell's World of Racing exhibition, fine dining and casual eating restaurants, conference and banqueting facilities, and all the amenities you would expect of a top-quality hotel and country club.
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