The purpose of this policy document is to set out details of the Management of the Golf Course at Orchardleigh Golf Club (OGC), which have been approved by the management and made freely available to all Members to keep them well informed. This is to be used as a working document; any future revisions must be approved by the Management after due consideration.
Orchardleigh is regarded as one of the best courses in the area and at over 6800 yards; it is a fair test for any golfer. Designed by the former Ryder Cup player Brian Huggett, Orchardleigh's parkland course offers 18 spectacular holes routed through mature trees with water coming into play on seven. It certainly is a challenging but rewarding golfing experience. Yet amidst the stunning Somerset countryside it's a haven of peace and tranquillity. The course has undergone many changes in subsequent years, and still continues to develop.
As a result of all the planning and dedication, Orchardleigh is now without doubt one of the best tests of golf in the South-West of England. The course is a regular venue for County Matches, and has hosted numerous prestigious competitions. These include top class amateur events.
Orchardleigh is a classic golf course. Every hole presents its own particular challenge to both high and low handicap players. This heritage has to be protected, and where appropriate improved, for the benefit of the Club's Members, present and future. Continuity of policy is essential in golf club management, and nowhere is this more important than on the golf course.
Many of the problems inherent in golf course management were addressed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) in its publication "The Way Forward" issued in 1988. One of its key recommendations was that Clubs should formulate and publish their own course management policy document, working to a five-year plan at least. This approach has been strongly endorsed by both the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) and the English Golf Union (EGU).
To ensure such long-term policy is put into effect, it is essential, therefore, that a Course Management Policy Document should be drawn up, and approved by the Management.
The full Orchardleigh Golf Course Policy document can be obtained by emailing a request to:
Telephone: 01373 454200 ext 5