GOLF COURSE OPEN WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY FROM 8AM
ONLY FOR THOSE WITH A PRE BOOKED TEE TIME (NO BOOKIGS WILL BE ACCEPTED IN PERSON)
AFTER THE LATEST GOVERMENT ANNOUNCEMENT GOLF COURSES ARE ALLOWED TO REOPEN FROM WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY.
EVERYONE MUST ADHERE TO THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SAFETY MEASURES WE HAVE IN PLACE. PLEASE STAY 2 METRES APART AT ALL TIMES. ANYONE FOUND BREAKING THESE RULES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE
THE COURSE AND CLUBHOUSE GUIDELINES ARE LISTED BELOW:
1. KEEP 2 METRES FROM ANY OTHER PERSON INCREASE TO 3 METRES IF YOU ARE DOWNWIND AT ALL TIMES.
2. CARD PAYMENTS PLEASE WE CANNOT ACCEPT CASH.
3. TOILETS WILL BE ACCESSIBLE FROM THE FIRE DOOR OVERLOOKING THE FIRST TEE. ONE WAY SYSTEM IN OPERATION
4. STRICTLY ONLY ONE PERSON ALLOWED IN ANY OF THE TOILETS AT ANY ONE TIME, AND PLEASE TURN THE SIGN TO ENGAGED ON ENTERING AND VACANT ON LEAVING READY FOR THE NEXT USER
5. NO ONE IS TO ENTER THE TOILETS UNTIL THE SIGN IS VACANT SO IT'S CLEAR FOR YOU TO USE.
6. BEFORE ENTERING THE TOILETS YOU MUST WEAR DISPOSABLE GLOVES PROVIDED. AND SANITIZE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH. ALSO STAFF WILL SANITIZE TOILETS EVERY HOUR.
7. AFTER LEAVING TOILETS YOU MUST PLACE DISPOSABLE GLOVES IN THE BIN PROVIDED.
8. ONLY PLAYERS LIVING WITHIN 20 MILES OF THE COURSE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PLAY.
TEE TIMES AVAILABLE FROM 8AM DAILY, MAXIMUM OF 2 PEOPLE PER TEE TIME.
WE ARE TAKING VISITOR BOOKINGS BUT ONLY 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE INTIALLY.
NO ONE IS PERMITTED ON THE ESTATE WITHOUT HAVING MADE A TEE BOOKING FIRST.
ALL GOLFERS WITH A TEE TIME MUST SIGN IN AT THE PROSHOP SERVING HATCH BEFORE PLAY, CARD PAYMENTS ONLY PLEASE!
ON THE GOLF COURSE WE HAVE AGAIN CHANGED THE FOLLOWING TO ENSURE FURTHER SAFETY:
- HOLE DEPTH REDUCED ON ALL 18 HOLES.
- ALL BINS ON THE GOLF COURSE HAVE BEEN REMOVED. SO PLEASE TAKE ANY RUBBISH WITH YOU!!
- PLEASE PUTT WITH THE FLAG IN AT ALL TIMES. DO NOT TOUCH THE FLAG!!!!
- BUNKER RAKES HAVE BEEN REMOVED – GIVE YOURSELF A GOOD LIE AND USE YOUR FEET OR BACK OF CLUB TO FLATTEN SAND.
- BALL WASHERS & SHOES CLEANERS OUT OF ACTION.
- PRACTICE PUTTING/CHIPPING GREENS ARE OPEN BUT FLAGS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND HOLE DEPTH REDUCED.
- PLEASE REFRAIN FROM HANDSHAKES AND FIND AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF THANKING YOUR PLAYING PARTNERS.
NO ONE IS PERMITTED TO USE THE DRIVING RANGE UNLESS THEY HAVE A TEE TIME BOOKED ALREADY, AND LESS THSAN 30 MINUTES BEFORE THEIR TEE TIME. CONTACTLESS RANGE CARDS ONLY (10 CREDITS IS £25 VISITORS AND PAY PER ROUND MEMBERS)
BUGGIES ARE AVAILABLE TO HIRE, BUT FOR SINGLE OCCUPANTS ONLY - PRICED £20 FOR 18 HOLES
WE ANTICIPATE THE PHONE LINE & GOLF COURSE BEING VERY BUSY, SO PLEASE BARE WITH US IF YOU'RE STRUGGLING TO GET THROUGH BY PHONE, PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org AND WE WILL REPLY WHEN WE CAN.
THE CLUBHOUSE, RESTAURANT, & CHANGING ROOMS REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PLEASE PLAY SAFE, STAY SAFE!!
Off of the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle; our private and family owned country estate is located in the most picturesque Somerset countryside, 10 miles from the historic city of Bath.
As well as offering a pro-standard all-year-round 18 hole golf course, Orchardleigh boasts a stunning 19th century stately home, conferencing and entertaining facilities for up to 400 guests, a private air strip and luxurious accommodation for up to 172 guests.
Having changed family ownership only twice in over 800 years, Orchardleigh maintains an impalpable English charm. We are incredibly proud to offer the finest dining, facilities and service in the area; and promise a friendly and warm welcome to all visitors.
The History of Orchardleigh
Orchardleigh House was built in 1856 by William Duckworth, the Estate previously owned by the Champneys, whose family had owned the Estate since the Norman Conquest.
Orchardleigh's indefinable English charm is testimony to the Estate changing family ownership only twice in 800 years. Veiled in a tranquil bowl of parklands and lakes, its horizon a sweeping backdrop of rolling Somerset hills, the Poet Laureate Sir Henry Newbolt, (1863-1938) was inspired to write his finest works from his love of Orchardleigh it´s Island Church.
The house is an example of the briefly fashionable combination of Elizabethan and French styles, often described as "nouveau-riche." This style, which was popular in the mid-century, English Style, seen at Cragside. It has been ignored in many histories of the Victorian period and yet it was extremely popular, and deserves greater appreciation and understanding.
Duckworth was clearly building a family home, whose character was partly conditioned by the heir being acurate. However, corridors were stencilled by Crace and Morants supplied such elements as the mirror and curtain pelmets for the drawing room. There is also a stable block and an octagonal kitchen garden with glasshouses some distance from the house. A woodland walk led from the house to the formal entrance into the kitchen garden. After Wyatt’s work on the estate was completed, Devey was employed to build various cottages on the estate and park farm.
Since the last Duckworth sold the Estate in 1986, Orchardleigh has entered a new era. The Vincent Family, who had been farming near Hungeford, succeeded possession of the Estate in 2002. Christopher Vincent and his Daughter are descended from an old Frome family so have come back to their roots. The will of a Henry Vincent, of Frome, was proved as early as 1487. The Vincent’s have fitted easily into the pattern of local life and proved firm friends to our local churches and to the community at large. We are extremely fortunate that Orchardleigh has fallen into the hands of this generous, kindly and public spirited family.
The Vincent family have restored the big house which although basically sound had become derelict after 15 years of disuse. It is now a popular venue for Weddings and receptions, incorporating the beautiful Island Church. This after a careful restoration which has emphasized continuity with the past. The gardens, too, are being restored and there has been much interest in the early 19th century greenhouses in the Octagon Garden and the Victorian Pulhamite rockwork garden constructed of artificial stone by James Pulman and Son. The determination of the family to protect the beauties of their environment and develop in sympathy with it is encouraging.
After a period of the doldrums the future of Orchardleigh House seems set fair. Not only has it been saved from ruin but it has also been given a new lease of useful life. The motto 'non nobis solum' (not only for ourselves) is carved under the Oriel window. How true.
Extracts taken from 'Orchardleigh and the Duckworths', by Michael McGarvie.