Cleeve Hill Golf Club
Cleeve Hill,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3PW
Tel : +44 (0)1242 672025 Fax : +44 (0)1242 678444

Cleeve Hill is a heathland course (sometimes likened to an inland links) set in the 1000 acres of Cleeve Common, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and of Special Scientific Interest. Lying in the Cotswold Hills above Cheltenham the course encompasses the highest point in the Cotswolds at 1,083 feet and offers views across the Severn Vale to the Forest of Dean, Malvern's and beyond to the Black Mountains and the Brecons. It is home to a number of rare orchids and other wildflowers as well as to rare fauna such as the Roman snail and several butterflies. Human occupation dates back 10,000 years and much evidence of prehistoric and Roman settlements pepper the landscape.

Dave Finch, the Professional, has a well-stocked golf shop and a buggy is available by prior arrangement to those of restricted mobility.

The large and friendly clubhouse serves a wide variety of food, from roast dinners to bar snacks, and drink including real ales. For those interested in alternative sporting pursuits a traditional skittle alley is attached to the clubhouse. Several rooms are available for private functions.

A large variety of hotels and B&B's are nearby, some within walking distance. Accommodation can be arranged by contacting Tony Nourse, Administrative Director, on 01242 672025 or by e-mail to Geoff Nourse on

5 km north of Cheltenham on A46 to Winchcombe

Further Information
Information herein provided by the club 10 Feb 2000. For more information on Cleeve Hill Golf Club see

Course Details

Course Name: Cleeve Hill Holes: 18 Yardage: 6390 SSS: 71
The course makes good use of its natural contours to challenge professional and amateur alike. Holes of note include the 1st, 'Winchcombe Way' which until a few years ago was, at 558 yards, the longest first hole in the country. The 9th, 'Downalong' incorporates Roman works, and the 8th, 'High Point' as it's name implies incorporates the highest point in the Cotswolds. The signature hole, however, has to be the par five 13th, 'The Camp' where the green is actually in the centre of an Iron Age hill fort, surrounded by earth bank and ditch, probably the oldest man made golfing hazards in the world.

The unique microclimate and drainage mean the course is open all year round, often when others are closed due to the waterlogging. Thanks to skilful work by the greenkeepers only a handful of days are lost to the weather each year and temporary greens are never required. The elevation means it is possible to play when heavy mist envelopes Cheltenham below, giving the impression that one is playing above the clouds. Indeed, the club based at the course is called 'Cleeve Cloud'.

For an appreciation and independent view of this course please see golfer reviews.

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  • review cleeve hill

    andrew wrote on: Feb 19, 2008

    what an unbelievable golf course.a truly great layout of holes and a very stern challenge.fairways were fantastic and coupled with the undulation of the greens provide a real links like test.not as tough a physical test as one guy has made out. the only two relatively steep climbs are up the 3rd fairway and from the 16th green to the 17th tee.apart from that it is rather gentle and the views are just stunning.if this course was anywhere else it would be very very famous.


      • RE: review cleeve hill

        brian wrote on: Apr 12, 2011

        i am in complete agreement with andrew and his comments above.i felt compeled to leave a review based on my vain hope that cleeve hill gets the recognition it so truly deserves.
        i have played there on a number of occasions in open events and club matches and if it wasnt for the fact i lived too far away i would join there in a flash.
        the courses layout is spectacular and definitey uses the surroundng natural hazards to its gives the impression that it is easy as the driving areas are vast in comparison to other courses, but just like a links it is imperative to approach the green from the correct side of the hole otherwise stopping your ball on the firm fast greens is nye on impossible.
        the scenery is stunning and the service in both the bar and shop is very good.
        its just a shame that someone with a bit of money can't see what a wonderful course this could be, then again, if it got too well known i doubt id get a game!


      • RE: review cleeve hill

        Kevin Steel wrote on: Feb 17, 2011

        I played this course (social play) back in March 1981 as a young 25 year old Australian backpacker. A different question altogether............. I worked in a service station that was just down the road from the course on Cleeve Hill. I remember this was across the road from a 'pub'. I worked for two weeks and exchanged my wage for an old car to travel around Great Britain, Scotland/England. Is this 'pub' and service station still there?


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Michael McGlone 10/01

    Michael McGlone wrote on: Sep 30, 2001

    This course is an extremely challenging course, but it is adequate for all ages and abilities. I have of 10 handicap and I still find the course even more challenging every day I play it. The fairways and greens are of the best standard at the moment than I have ever seen before. The only downside to this course is sometimes the wind is very strong, but if you can put up with the wind on Cleeve Hill, you will definitely be able to put up with wind on other courses. Apart from that this courses' playability is extremely good.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Clive Davies 10/01

    Clive Davies wrote on: Sep 30, 2001

    If hillwalking and Golf are your main interests in life go for it. If you like your Greens and fairways a bit more manicured, and have a heart condition stay away..! If you own a four wheel drive golf buggy, you'll need it.... I've never started a hole out of breath, and finished a course in need of CPR. Challenging with some lovely views...!
    But a tough course, mentally and physically.........!!


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Doug Norse 05/01

    Doug Norse wrote on: Apr 30, 2001

    Played on Saturday 12th May 2001 - the course was in the best condition I've ever seen. It was thoroughly enjoyable but challenging as ever.
    Highly recommended for golfers of all abilities.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Adrian Cox (

    Adrian Cox wrote on: Nov 30, 2000

    You will find fewer real golf challenges in the UK. Prepare yourself for a windy experience. Members usually have low handicaps and are well experienced in the art of course management


  • Europe Golf courses reviews David Clarkson 11/99

    David Clarkson wrote on: Oct 31, 1999

    A very nice inexpensive course over looking Cheltenham, with views across the Cotswolds, open to the elements, challenging but fun.


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