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The Manor House Hotel & The Ashbury Hotel

The Manor House Hotel & The Ashbury Hotel, Okehampton, Devon, England
Address The Manor House Hotel & The Ashbury Hotel, Fowley Cross, Nr Okehampton,
EX20 4NA
Telephone Advance booking of tee times: 01837 55742
Bookings for dates no more than 7 days in advance: 01837 55453
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Holes Seven 18 hole golf course options - Oakwood, Kigbeare, Beeches, Pines, Forest, Ashbury and Willows with dozens of bunkers and eighteen lakes making play even more of a challenge.
Explore this course hole by hole using the Virtual G500 Golf GPS from Shotmiser: Ashbury - Forest - Oakwood
Yardage Off the whites
Kigbeare: 6528
Pines: 6400
Forest: 6140
Ashbury: 5804
Beeches: 5765
Oakwood: 5400
Willows (Par 3 Course): 1939

Pines-Forest-Ashbury - The 27 hole combination course is made up of 3 nine hole courses - Pines, Forest and Ashbury. Two of these are played to give three separate 18 hole courses and this allows the Club to maximise the tee off times available during the peak periods of the day.
Par 72-72-71-69-69-67-54
VisitorsThe courses are open throughout the year.
Societies Parties are advised to advance book tee times to ensure the party tees off en-bloc. Midweek packages available.
Green Fees
Some free golf on all breaks.
Course DesignerDJ Fensom
Kigbeare course: Completed April 2009
LocationThe Ashbury Golf Hotel is set in 500 acres of rolling Devon countryside at the foot hills of Dartmoor National Park, just off the A 3079 (signposted 'Ashbury'), approximately 2 miles from the junction of the A 3079 and the A 386.
• Driving range (see information below), 18 hole putting green, and chipping and putting practice area
• 400 buggies available including some shower proof ones
• Snooker, ten-pin bowling, games room & indoor bowls hall, heated indoor swimming Pool, "Fun House", spa bath and sauna, outdoor tennis court, etc...
• Golf Tuition / Coaching group sessions take place on the driving range and are free of charge.
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About Ashbury Kigbeare - "The longest of our courses, this starts and finishes outside the clubhouse on two of the original holes built in 1991. There are grandstand views of the 18th green from the clubhouse patio. 14 of the holes have been constructed on the Kigbeare Estate and include some of the finest holes on the complex. There are large mature trees which gives the course a feel of maturity beyond its years. Within the Kigbeare Estate were many acres of tree plantations and many of these trees have been transplanted around the course. In total around 8000 trees have been moved which have helped to form holes and provide tree lined fairways around the complex. The greens are large and undulating offering many possible pin positions"
Exc. from Ashbury's own website

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I have been to the ashbury the last two years and been four going again in march.value for money is surperb.the courses are second to none, I really cant say how good this place is its a must golf break...
Mark: 10
Value For Money: Good
lewis spencer February 8, 2014

Have just spent 3 days at Ashbury, this was our 3rd visit and did not fail in our expectations - we last played in 2006 the new course layouts are superb, staff as friendly as ever! Courses in good condition and as challenging as ever, special note must go to the Kigbeare 3rd and 16th - play and enjoy!!
But you must give this venue a try..
Nicki Tipping (Pre 2010)

For a golf tour this is a superb venue.  The website is very honest.  It is about the extent of golf available and not the hotel.  I wouldn't take my wife here for leisure break but for a tour it is perfect.  Great value for money.  Rooms are clean with controllable heating for drying clothes quickly. On a negative they insist you only use the buggy paths which waste a lot of time.  Perhaps in the summer they let you use the path until the position of the ball and then drive on the fairway which would be better, we played in a wet spring so the rule was understandable.  The practise range and putting greens are completely inadequate though only 8 driving bays and a very short range.  For the number of courses this element must be improved.  Best course is Oakland and Kigbaire but all are good and challenging whilst remaining playable.  The local rule of dropping out from tree plantations is excessive on some of the more established tree areas as there is no penalty but again understandable for new trees.  The bar/restaurant is like an old clubhouse and coud do with a freshen up and it shuts way too early at 12 midnight given that 99% of the guests are men on golf weekends.  Golf buggies are very cheap at £10 for a round and
beer and wine in the restaurant is also fairly priced.  These niggles are very minor though.  Superb.
Rob Darrow (Pre 2010)

Have just spent 3 days at Ashbury, this was our 3rd visit and did not fail in our expectations - the new course layouts are superb, staff as friendly as ever! Courses in good condition and as challenging as ever, special note must go to the Kigbeare 3rd and 16th - play and enjoy!!
But you must give this venue a try..
Nicki Tipping

Having been to the Ashbury for a number of years I have seen the golf provision improve phenominally!
The four main courses are well maintained (greens can be a little fluffy because the need to keep them long due to the high traffic) and they are constantly striving to improve the courses, adding viewing podiums for safety, providing great hole information at the tees and continuously improving teeing areas and greens.
The real triumph however is the new Kigbear course. You cannot fail but be impressed by the holes that have been created. The views are amazing, the variety of hole is impressive, the greens are monstrous in size with plateaus creating some really testing putts, all adding up to some really challenging and entertaining golf.
The "signature hole" at the moment is the beautiful 3rd however when the 16th opens (I gather pretty soon) it could well take that honour, I fully intend another visit if only to play that hole!
Kris Whitmore

Have been on holiday here for 3 of the last 4 years. and will continue to come back.
3 x 18 hole golf courses, the Oakwood, Pines and Beeches. These courses contain some truly amazing (and bl**dy challenging) holes. Definitely set up for the "thinking" golfer as oppose to the big hitters. All 3 courses are under 6000 yards. Don't let the lack of yardage make you think these are easy courses. there are so many blind tee shots, lakes, bunkers, ditches, hedges etc... you really do have to plot your way round.
My personal favourite hole is the oakwood 12th.. a 417 yard par 4, with a 72ft downhill dog-leg to the left. your drive needs to ideally be around the 220+ mark (avoiding the tree in the middle of the fairway!!!) then you have a choice with your approach shot, either land one on the brow of the hill letting it bounce/roll down to the green. or fly one all the way to the green, praying you dont come up short...hit the downslope..and shoot straight through the green.
My only small gripe is the greens. The grass on them seems a little long.
Definitely a golf complex worth a visit.
J. Jack

There isn't enough I can say about this venue and it deserves an update. There are now three 18 hole courses and 3x9 combo as well as an 18 hole pitch and putt.
The hotel is on site and is a very good, clean and efficient 2 star. But hey, it has clean beds, TV, tea and coffee, shower/bath and you aren't there to spend time in your room.
The food is outstanding with a buffet breakfast of everything from fruit, cereals and the full English. Lunch lasts practically all day, as people are coming off the course at all times, and provides a good range of all foods including loads of carb loaded alternatives for the afternoon battle. Dinner is table d'hote and again many choices with a free bottle of wine between two, three times a week.
After dinner there are thirteen snooker tables, pool tables, indoor bowls, mini 10 pin, PS2's galore or just relax in front of the Sky TV and very reasonable bar (GBP2.80 a pint last year which is very good as it is a captured clientele). To be picky here, the chairs need badly replacing, but that's a minor point.
Onto the golf, all the first tees are a driver's distance from the centre and the 300 buggies are very cheap (free sometimes).
Kigbeare course has already been mentioned, the par 3 3rd and par 5 16th with a 180 foot drop over the last 180 yards, but the 1st (265 yards straight downhill) and the 4th (driveable over the trees with a 5 wood, but probably not for much longer as the branches grow) also deserve a mention.
Oakwood is a little 'samey' over the holes 2-7 but the 11th and downhill 12th (2nd shot blind) are impressive.
Beeches provides some head scratching holes - 4th; either sideways massively down the hill or risk a three wood at the distant green 365 (?) yards away (if you can draw your driver a long way you might reach it, or the forest) Another hole, I can't remember which one, is about 300 yards away and the only real option is to go for it as the whole (and I mean all) of the fairway slopes hugely from right to left so any second shot is played with the ball above your knees. The 15th is often the source of much hilarity. 150 yard across a dale onto a three tiered green where the flag is always in the middle one.
Any putt from the bottom not reaching the middle tier will invariably roll back past you and any putt from the top tier across the green will end up in the same place. Six or seven putts is not uncommon. V funny for all but one of you.
Of the combo course I play Pines and Forest every time. Very picturesque and varied.
The greens were a bit poor but have improved over the four years I have been going there (played at the same time each year).
At the heart of it all are the booking staff who if they weren't up to their job, the whole system would fall apart.
Oh, and I would take my wife there, as there is a heated swimming pool twin jaccuzzi and double steam room. And at the sister hotel down the road there are all sports to be played from tennis, squash, badminton, hiking, horse riding, air rifle, archery.
Value For Money: Good
Mark: 10/10
Jerry Bolton
Driving Range
Hours 8am-10pm
Bays 8 - Located to the left of Kigbeare 1st tee
Covered 8
Heated 0
Automatic Teeing 0
Floodlit 8
Prices Tokens can be purchased from the Golf Shop and release approximately 50 balls from the machine on the range, paying £1.50 for your range token.
Note that prices may have changed since date of publication

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