Tidworth Garrison Course Planner will help you saves shots on your round and help you know when to be more conservative and when to attack.
Best Private Members Club In Wiltshire
Tidworth Garrison Golf Club is a Private Members Club which was founded in 1908. It is one of Wiltshire’s finest golf courses boasting excellent turf and some truly memorable holes.
Tidworth Garrison Golf Club has been rated by Top 100 Golf Courses as number three in Wiltshire. This makes Tidworth Garrison Golf Club rated as the best members club in the county of Wiltshire.
Golf is incredibly peaceful at Tidworth; at any time you only view a handful of golfers as the layout meanders its way around the eastern edge of Salisbury Plain. From the higher ground are some striking views over the Plain.
Tidworth’s natural defences – the wind and the slope of the land – have not altered a scrap in a hundred years. This explains why there are so few fairway bunkers – the slope dictates much of the strategy and positional play.
Bunkers are the one artificially introduced element on any golf course and, in an area of outstanding beauty such as Tidworth, the original golf course architect (H.S. Colt) felt they should be underplayed rather than overplayed.
Tidworth Garrison Course Scorecard
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Tidworth Garrison Course Planner: Individual Hole Analysis
Hole 1 Par 5
STROKE INDEX 12
WHITE 324 YARDS | YELLOW 318 YARDS | RED 308 YARDS
Remaining true to one of Harry Colt’s fundamentals, the first is a gentle opening hole, easing you into your round.
A par 4 of 324 yards; the hole gently increases in elevation, whilst the green is heavily guarded with two bunkers running the full length of the green.
Hole 2 Par 3
STROKE INDEX 14
WHITE 162 YARDS | YELLOW 157 YARDS | RED 146 YARDS
The second hole is a thoroughly good short hole, playing slightly uphill, thus obscuring the bottom of the flag and making club selection tricky.
Hole 3 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 8
WHITE 394 YARDS | YELLOW 378 YARDS | RED 347 YARDS
A medium-length par 4, the tee shot is not the easiest.
However the green is a large target and the bunkers are not too penal.
Club selection for the approach shot is crucial; the raised front will reject anything that is not well struck.
Hole 4 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 2
WHITE 451 YARDS | YELLOW 436 YARDS | RED 416 YARDS
One of Tidworth’s best; a long par four where the second shot is a demanding one.
Even after the putting surface has been found, a par is no certainty; the green has many borrows, some subtle, others less so.
Hole 5 Par 3
STROKE INDEX 16
WHITE 160 YARDS | YELLOW 155 YARDS | RED 143 YARDS
Tidworth is fortunate in the variety of directions in which its par 3’s point and the 5th is a lovely example of a medium-length short hole.
The green falls away on three of its sides, with a grass, coffin-shaped bunker to the right, trees to the left and scrub long.
Makes for a tricky up-and-down.
Hole 6 Par 5
STROKE INDEX 6
WHITE 516 YARDS | YELLOW 492 YARDS | RED 437 YARDS
The long tee is framed nicely by trees running down each side.
From the back, the tee shot can therefore feel a little intimidating. There is a fairway bunker approximately 250 yards from the back tee.
The mounds to the left of the green certainly limit the entrance to the green, thus placing real emphasis on the approach shot.
Hole 7 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 18
WHITE 337 YARDS | YELLOW 332 YARDS | RED 297 YARDS
Good, short part 4’s are an essential part of good courses and Tidworth’s 7th is a fine example of one.
It may be in range for the longer hitters, the hole dangles the carrot and can easily snare players if they don’t hit the shot to match.
Hole 8 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 4
WHITE 428 YARDS | YELLOW 417 YARDS | RED 398 YARDS
The bushes to the left are now much more of a hazard.
The 8th green slopes subtly from front to back, consequently the approach shot must be well struck to avoid running towards the back.
Hole 9 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 10
WHITE 390 YARDS | YELLOW 363 YARDS | RED 354 YARDS
The hole plays as an attractive dogleg with out of bounds all the way to the left and a copse of trees to the right.
The approach shot is to a raised green, over a single bunker.
Club selection is crucial as there is a large tier in the middle of the green that runs most of the width.
This makes a two-putt tricky if you are any distance from the pin.
Hole 10 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 11
WHITE 333 YARDS | YELLOW 325 YARDS | RED 308 YARDS
The 10th is a relatively new hole.
The new tree on the left performs the role of a bunker because its influence is more comprehensive; while the bunker on the right is successful at catching the stray drive.
Conclusion – you must hit the fairway.
Hole 11 Par 3
STROKE INDEX 17
WHITE 188 YARDS | YELLOW 180 YARDS | RED 177 YARDS
A downhill par 3 with a large green that slopes heavily from front to back and a bunker that runs the full length of the green to the left.
Hole 12 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 1
WHITE 420 YARDS | YELLOW 406 YARDS | RED 360 YARDS
A handsome hole and classic Colt – a hole that sits beautifully with its natural surroundings. The 12th is a long par 4 that is another of Tidworth’s best.
The hole plays as a dogleg with a heavily guarded, raised green.
To get the best from your tee shot, the line has to be perfect, ideally with a draw: however the right-hand side of the fairway gives the best view of the green, playing a little shorter also.
Hole 13 Par 3
STROKE INDEX 15
WHITE 174 YARDS | YELLOW 171 YARDS | RED 122 YARDS
The type of short hole where you find the green or take the consequences.
The tee shot is enticing, if demanding: it pays to be up.
The green is a fair target but its built-up nature means you miss it to the left at your peril.
Hole 14 Par 5
STROKE INDEX 7
WHITE 565 YARDS | YELLOW 559 YARDS | RED 503 YARDS
An unmistakable feeling on the tee of over the hill and far away.
The hole is long enough for errors to be self-induced; errors that come out of a clear, blue sky.
Aid is provided by being largely downhill and the setting is stunning, but judgement is the key and yardage charts are not always an ally.
Hole 15 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 3
WHITE 383 YARDS | YELLOW 375 YARDS | RED 360 YARDS
The tee shot on 15 is uphill, whilst the bunker on the right (close to the edge of the green) looks threatening, thus making the approach shot a little daunting.
The green appears simple enough, however subtle can confound even the best putters.
Hole 16 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 13
WHITE 361 YARDS | YELLOW 350 YARDS | RED 330 YARDS
A very good short par 4. In spite of having no fairway bunkers, the 16th provides one of the hardest drives and is a fine looking hole.
The strategy to the hole is actually provided by some handsome trees and the course boundary running the length of the hole.
A false front and two bunkers on each side protect the narrow green.
Hole 17 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 5
WHITE 357 YARDS | YELLOW 348 YARDS | RED 333 YARDS
The 17th has been opened up and good players can now be more aggressive from the tee as there is a future reward in being bold.
This attractive hole, with its magnificent trees has been opened up without being spoiled.
Hole 18 Par 4
STROKE INDEX 9
WHITE 421 YARDS | YELLOW 399 YARDS | RED 409 YARDS
Look out for the contouring of the 18th green which has served Tidworth well for many years.
It does demand a little ingenuity and improvisation in the shot making. That is its strength.
Depending on the pin (and your approach shot!) this could be a very difficult two-putt.