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About Our Course

The Forest of Dean Golf Club at Bells is set in the beauty of the Forest of Dean countryside. The Golf Club was founded in 1973. With unique rolling parkland, lakes, streams, bunkers and woodland, this par 69 eighteen hole golf course provides a challenge to all categories of golfers and is a joy to play. The golf course is well-maintained and mature with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Those who like an easy start will be pleased to know that the hotel is adjacent to the first tee, allowing you to start your game straightaway. The Forest of Dean Golf Club complex also incorporates a large practice ground, chipping green and a putting green.

At the Forest of Dean Golf Club we always welcome new players to our course. We currently have packages available for Junior, full and corporate membership. We are also eager to welcome all non-members and societies alike to experience what we have to offer.

Our resident professional Stuart Jenkins is available for tuition and tips throughout the year. Stuart can be found in our Golf Shop which is fully stocked with top brands and is also the place to book your tee times, golf buggies and trolleys.

If you are new to our course our ‘Interactive Course Guide’ will give you some invaluable advice before you tee off. Each hole has a brief tip from our club professional, Stuart Jenkins, as well as yardage, par and stroke index for white yellow and red tees.

Interactive Course Guide

Golf Course Guide

Click on the hole for more information

Golf Course Guide
Hole 1 - 'Stuart's Start'Hole 2 - 'Edenwall Garden'Hole 3 - 'Heather's'Hole 4 - 'The Damps'Hole 5 - 'Cherry Tree'Hole 6 - 'Partridge Rise'Hole 7 - 'Mallard's Lake'Hole 8 - 'Adam's Way'Hole 9 - 'The Pavillion'Hole 10 - 'Vallis Way'Hole 11 - 'Buchanan's Drive'Hole 12 - 'Joan's'Hole 13 - 'Railway Line'Hole 14 - 'Dolphin's Drive'Hole 15 - 'The Castle'Hole 16 - 'Edenwall Hall'Hole 17 - 'Henry's'Hole 18 - 'Potter's Bar'

Hole 1 - 'Stuart's Start'

Pro's Tip

"With the opening tee shot try to favour the left side of the fairway. This will help provide you with the perfect angle to attack this small and well guarded green. On the approach shot to the green avoid being long or left as this will leave a more than tricky up and down. "

Hole 2 - 'Edenwall Garden'

Pro's Tip

"This blind par 3 has the tendency to play longer than the specified yardage, so be sure to club up and commit to your chosen shot selection."

Hole 3 - 'Heather's'

Pro's Tip

"A fairly straight forward tee shot with a generous landing area awaits you on the 3rd hole. A good drive placed nicely in the fairway leaves a simple second shot on to a two tiered green that slopes slightly from back to front."

Hole 4 - 'The Damps'

Pro's Tip

"A difficult par 4 that can prove visually intimidating off the tee with out of bounds on the right and deep rough and forest down the left. For this tee shot favour the left side of the fairway as everything feeds to the right. Water guards this green short and right so club up on approach committing to the left side of the green."

Hole 5 - 'Cherry Tree'

Pro's Tip

"Hole 5 is a tough par 3 encompassing a small green well guarded by four bunkers front and back. Be sure to find the putting surface from the tee or a tough up and down awaits."

Hole 6 - 'Partridge Rise'

Pro's Tip

"Proclaimed by many as the toughest driving hole on the entire golf course make sure you hold your nerve and find the fairway, or a difficult second shot awaits. The green is slightly elevated and slopes from right to left, so shots to the left side of the green leave a more favourable putt."

Hole 7 - 'Mallard's Lake'

Pro's Tip

"Regarded as the easiest hole on the score card but often catches many out. Ensure that the approach shot is given your full attention as anything right of this green will most likely result in a bogey made, rather than a par saved."

Hole 8 - 'Adam's Way'

Pro's Tip

"A beautifully designed par 5 playing host to a tricky two tiered green that can prove visually intimidating with water right and a bunker left. "

Hole 9 - 'The Pavillion'

Pro's Tip

"A severe uphill par 4 that becomes a real birdie chance if clearing the hill from the tee. Favour the left side of the fairway as any errand shots to the right will either find deep rough, or leave the player having to negotiate an approach shot over a bunker with overhanging branches from trees to the right of the green."

Hole 10 - 'Vallis Way'

Pro's Tip

"A severe uphill par 4 that becomes a real birdie chance if clearing the hill from the tee. Favour the left side of the fairway as any errand shots to the right will either find deep rough, or leave the player having to negotiate an approach shot over a bunker with overhanging branches from trees to the right of the green."

Hole 11 - 'Buchanan's Drive'

Pro's Tip

"Regarded as the easiest hole on the score card but often catches many out. Ensure that the approach shot is given your full attention as anything right of this green will most likely result in a bogey made, rather than a par saved."

Hole 12 - 'Joan's'

Pro's Tip

"On  finding the fairway  a difficult approach shot to an island  green surrounded by water awaits. Committing to club selection on approach is a must here if you want to make par."

Hole 13 - 'Railway Line'

Pro's Tip

"With deep rough and out of bounds running all the way down the right hand side of this par 5, favouring the left side of this fairway is vital if you wish to have a chance at reaching the green in two. Long hitters are definitely encouraged to attack this green, as finding the putting surface in two almost certainly guarantees a birdie!"

Hole 14 - 'Dolphin's Drive'

Pro's Tip

"Renowned as the shortest hole on the course and a definite birdie chance. A good drive that favours the right side of the fairway leaves the perfect angle to negotiate a narrow opening between two well placed bunkers."

Hole 15 - 'The Castle'

Pro's Tip

"A tough uphill par 3  guarded  by two bunkers  that requires  absolute precision off the tee. Anything missing the putting surface left, right or long will leave nothing short of a tricky up and down, to a right to left severely sloped green."

Hole 16 - 'Edenwall Hall'

Pro's Tip

"A beautifully designed dog leg, left to right, where finding the left hand side of the fairway is paramount for negotiating an approach shot to a narrow and well  guarded  green. However beware  of the  two  fairway bunkers perfectly placed left of the fairway, they have claimed many a victim!"

Hole 17 - 'Henry's'

Pro's Tip

"A long par  3  with a demanding tee shot  awaits the golfer  on the penultimate hole of the round. Ensure that the tee shot favours the right side of the hole, as anything left of the green leaves what is regarded by many as one of the most challenging up and downs on the course."

Hole 18 - 'Potter's Bar'

Pro's Tip

"A superb finishing hole with trees only a few yards off the fairway both right and left. Finding the fairway from the tee is essential, if you want to find this par 4 in two. With an uphill approach shot to a green guarded by two tricky bunkers up front, clubbing up is advised."