36 - Top 50 UK & Ireland Stay and Play Bowood

Stay and Play Bowood. Golf Monthly takes a look at the Top 50 places to Stay and Play in the UK and Ireland


36 - Top 50 UK & Ireland Stay and Play Bowood

The Championship course is positioned amid 2,000 acres of Grade I-listed parkland in the grounds of Bowood House and Gardens. At 7,317 yards from the back tees, it presents a stern test, with elevation changes and woodland adding to the challenge of the Dave Thomas-designed layout. The accommodation offering consists of 43 luxury suites and the decadent Queenwood Lodge, where you can even request a personal chef and butler. There are three main dining options - notably the two AA-Rosette Shelburne Restaurant - a state-of-the-art spa complex, elegant gardens, conference facilities and banqueting suites.

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Nick Bonfield
Features Editor

Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, writing, commissioning and coordinating all features across print and online. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x