Bath Golf Club is one of England's oldest and finest inland courses and considered the premier golf club in Bath and North East Somerset and is one of the driest and 'Weatherproof' courses in the west country. Established in 1880 it quickly earned and has kept its reputation as a welcoming club with a thought-provoking course and stunning views.
Affectionately known as “Sham Castle” by the locals, the course earned its nick-name from the neighbouring architectural folly Sham Castle. The ‘castle’ stands in a field adjoining the course and although appearing to be the entrance gate to an impressive baronial hall, is in fact nothing more than a single wall. Built during Bath’s 18th century heyday at the request of seriously wealthy Ralph Allen, it was built with his own Bath stone in order, as he himself wrote, "to charm all visitors to Bath".
The Bath 'Experience'
History, tradition and one of the best golf courses in the South West of England is what you might expect to find at this club, or at least that is what one might interpret from a recent golf magazine article.
In 2010, Bath Golf Club was featured in Golf Monthly. The journalist, a great fan of Harry S. Colt (legendary course architect) was really excited at the prospect of playing one of Harry's courses. The journalist spoke highly of numerous exciting holes and an extremely friendly clubhouse and subsequently wrote.
The excellent course at Sham Castle was no disappointment. In fine condition and perched high up on Hampton Down it has panoramic views down over the Georgian City and across the Avon Valley.
Bath Golf Club is proud of its association with the great Harry Colt, who is widely regarded as the father of golf course architecture...
Bath Golf Club has a strong membership from all walks of life including several personalities from the worlds of sport and business. We are very proud of our Harry Colt designed golf course and we run a full calendar of competitions for men, ladies, seniors, juniors and mixed participation. We also have a large programme of inter club matches with involvement in competitive local leagues, knock out events and friendly fixtures. We have excellent bar and catering facilities and run many social events where new members are made particularly welcome.
There is something for everyone and new members are encouraged to participate at whatever level they choose. For those interested in taking up the game we have an Academy membership where members can receive group or individual lessons and have access to our practice facilities and Academy course whilst they prepare for full membership.