Tewkesbury Park - A Brief History

The present Hotel building is believed to have been erected by John and Mary Brilliana Wall in the late 18th century.
However, it dates back to the 14th century, when Edward le Despenser was Lord of Tewkesbury manor, where the Clare family used the estate as a hunting lodge. In 1553 Queen Mary leased the estate to the Jermingham family for 20 shillings per annum, prior to purchase later that century. In turn they leased it to John Nanfan of Birtsmorton, who incidentally employed a young Cardinal Wolsey as family chaplain.
It was eventually bought by Sir John Popham Speaker of the House of Commons, and was passed by marriage to the Wall family, it remained a deerpark upto 1779.
In 1817 when Rev. Joseph Shapland, a distant relative, bought it and built two galleries for his art collection. On his death in 1837 the collection was sold and the galleries demolished. Shapland bequeathed the estate to his daughter Fanny who married James Primatt Sargeaunt. Their daughter Violet inherited the estate in 1933 and lived there until her death in 1973.

Present Day

The Deerpark
Tewkesbury Park provides an impressive 18 hole, 6579 yard, par 72 course, offering challenging play for both professional and amateur golfers alike.
The course was designed by the famous golfer and course designer, Frank Pennick and opened in July 1976.
It's a parkland course that boasts some classic natural features, testing yet true greens and water hazards all based in the grounds of the impressive hotel. Wooded areas and water hazards early in the round open up into spacious fairways on the back nine holes.
The signature 5th hole (below) is a tricky par three with a small lake in front of the green, making club selection a make or break decision.

The hotel is set in the wonderful surroundings of the Gloucestershire countryside providing breath taking views to the Malvern Hills, across the Cotswolds and over the town itself, particularly from the 19th Spike Bar patio at the end of your round. All of this with a superb backdrop to admire whilst you plot your way around this picturesque testing golf course in the heart of the Gloucestershire.

The Acorn
Tewkesbury Park offers a 6 hole Academy course designed to test your game to the limit of either casual beginner or experienced golfer alike and is referred to as The Acorn, as the phrase goes "from mighty oaks little acorns grow ..."
There is also six covered driving bays, a putting and chiping green where you can benefit from the services of our residential professionals and meet the friendly members of Tewkesbury Park Golf Club.

Course & Facilities

We provide a range of excellent practice and coaching facilities for golfers of all ages and abilities, covering all elements of the game.

The Driving Range
The driving range has 6 undercover bays allowing you to practice in comfort, irrespective of the weather conditions. Top quality range balls can be purchased from the pro shop.

Practice Ground 2 & Academy Course
A second practice area behind the 5th green is a short walk from the car park and allows players to hit their own balls to a number of targets, including two bunkered greens. The six hole academy course offers a challenge to all levels of golfers. In particular, juniors and beginners have a fabulous area in which to develop their game.

Putting Green & Warm up Area
Adjacent to the clubhouse, is a practice putting green which is maintained to the same exacting standards as the course. For a quick warm up, we also have a practice net next to the putting green.

Short Game Area
Adjacent to the driving bays is a practice green with bunker, mounds and hollows to enable bunker, chipping and pitching practice.

Front Nine

Hole #1. (Above) Long hitters may want to take on the left corner of the dogleg here, but a safe bet is to drive up the centre making this a simple par 5

Hole #2. A shorter club from the tee here should help you find the fairway. Choose your club approach carefully, but avoid going long.

Hole #3. Tewkesbury Abbey is the perfect line. A simple hole once your tee shot is away. Long hitters can go for the green in 2 but beware of the tall trees left and right.

Hole #4. A good drive will set you up with a view of the green, but a long tight approach may make you play short in 2 and pitch on. This is stroke index one for a very good reason.

Hole #5. Club selection is important here, with water short and a downhill approach from the tee. Also check where the wind is as you won't feel it on the secluded tee box.

Hole #6. A drive down the left side avoiding the bunker leaves a decision for the longer hitters. This par 5 is guarded by a water hazard just short of the green, so a lay-up could be a wise move leaving a good birdie chance after a good pitch.

Hole #7. All about club selection on this short par 3. A tricky green sloping from back to front. Go long and forget par.

Hole #8. Lots of room from the tee, but don't miss the fairway. Another back to front sloping green means accuracy is key on your approach. Don't forget it's uphill so an extra club is advised.

Hole #9. Avoid the bunkers from the tee and club up for your approach. Beware of the pot bunker front right of the green.

Back Nine

Hole #10. Play for front left of the green and your par is easily achievable. Long is not the place so choose your club carefully.

Hole #11. A tee shot to the corner of the dogleg provides a good view of the green. Longer hitters may want to take on the corner, but beware out of bounds left and lots of trees to catch you out.

Hole #12. A striaght par 5. Hitting the fairway is a must. Aviod the hidden water hazard with your second and a par should be made easy.

Hole #13. Index 2 for a reason ! two very accurate shots are required to find the putting surface. Miss the fairway from the tee and forget reaching the green in two. A double dogleg requires good shot making skills to shape the ball both ways.

Hole #14. Avoid the large oak by playing to the right but be careful not to run out of fairway. A short hole but made tough if driver is your choice from the tee.

Hole #15. A sloping fairway from left to right requires a straight drive. From the fairway the green is reachable in two. A good birdie opportunity awaits.

Hole #16. An extra club is good advice here. A tricky green that slopes back to front. Good luck if you're above the flag.

Hole #17. The left side of the fairway offers a clear approach to the green. Beware this green is raised and short in two makes par very tricky.

Hole #18. The sensible play here is an iron to the marker post leaving a simple pitch in on this short par 4. Longer hitters can take on the green but OOB hugs the left side of the hole and you have to hit over this if you're taking on the green.