Lovely room and friendly staff
In the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside, the Bells Hotel & Country Club boasts a fine 53-bedroom hotel with spectacular views allied to a superb parkland golf course set in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
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The Forest of Dean course is not ultra-long by modern standards at a little over 6,000 yards, but it will keep you entertained throughout your round - and a prettier parkland course you will struggle to find. Established in 1973, the Forest of Dean course has matured majestically over the last three decades, winding its way around the Wye Valley and providing some enchanting views over the surrounding countryside.
With rolling parkland, lakes, streams, bunkers and woodland, this undulating par-69 layout provides a challenge to all categories of golfer and is a joy to play. The golf course is well-maintained and feels very mature, with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
The complex also incorporates a large practice ground, chipping green and putting green, and another bonus is that the course is renowned for its excellent drainage, ensuring great conditions for visiting golfers - one reason it now hosts the PGA West Region Order of Merit tournament, the Forest Classic.
Par: 69 (men), 71 (ladies)
Opened for play: 1973
White: 5925 yards, SSS 69
Yellow: 5524 yards, SSS 67
Red: 5054 yards, SSS 65
The hotel is adjacent to the first tee, in addition to golf it offers indoor and outdoor bowls. the 53 en-suite bedrooms (two designed for wheelchair access) and 3 fully equipped cottages, are positioned in the middle of the golf course, affording spectacular views across the course and bowling green. All of the accommodation is clean and comfortable and includes colour television, hairdryer, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.
The restaurant serves superb cuisine, with all dishes homemade using fresh local produce where possible. The Clubhouse bar is open seven days a week, serving a variety of meals, drinks and snacks, with BT Sport and Sky Sports on the television, this is the perfect place to relax after a day on the course. When the weather is nice there is no better place than the balcony area overlooking the bowling green, a perfect place to soak up the sun and watch the afternoons play unfold.
Lovely room and friendly staff
Size of room was excellent and facilities good although a little dated Food was basic but adequate. Bar well stocked and friendly good valve for money
excellent venue for a golf tour. all the food served is of very good quality. Would recommend this for any golfers
Great place to stay, clean and roomy accommodation, value for money
Great stay - thoroughly recommended
For the price we paid you could not fault it. Very enjoyable
Very friendly, helpful staff throughout the hotel. Having given our choices from the menu before dinner, service was very quick. There was a good choice on the menu and portion sizes were very generous. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Overall good value for money. A very enjoyable break with friends.
The room was large and well appointed. The floors were a bit creaky. The bar's and restaurant were clean and functional. The food was good with a wide choice . The bar food was good and there was a good choice of ales. Breakfast was plentiful and hot. All the staff were friendly and helpful.
We stayed for 2 nights,the hotel only had 13 rooms booked,so the stay was very peaceful and quiet.The food was excellent,as we upgraded to dinner and breakfast during our stay,I did read that there was a pool table and a dart board at the Bells hotel,but I was told on arrival that both were taken away some time ago.Dissapointing,as the only entertainment left was the sky and bt sports channels,they do have an outdoors bowls to play,The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Very clean, good food drinks and sky sports in the bar
excellent couldnt find fault
Rooms basic but pleasant stay
Fantastic place will definitely be going back
Clean and comfortable exceptional value
Fabulous break for £69. Meal and breakfast was worth that alone. Service in hotel, bar, restaurant and in pro shop was 1st class. Course very pretty, interesting and a challenge to all levels of player. Will go back next year
Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Food Excellent drinks a bit pricy. My only gripe was with our room, massive hand prints on the windows which looked like they hadn’t been cleaned for more than 6 months mould forming around the ceiling in the bathroom. Turned the hot tap on on the bath and couldn’t turn it off had to get someone to sort it out and the mattress on my bed it was badly stained and also springs were coming through. I told them about it and nothing done.
very good, but one thing i would bring up is the mattresses need upgrading, we could feel the springs?
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Took me and my partner 3 hours with no hold up we are 25 and 36 handicap and to us the course was challenging enough. Sunday morning was a slower round due to the course being slower compared to the saturday lunch tee off. Course was in a fantastic condition.
An interesting and with some challenging holes, certainly recommend it. the course was in excellent condition. Facilities were good.
great course for golfers of all ability. Our Party always stay mid summer when it is in v.good condition. Would recommend for any group or society golf
Course in good condition, a bit hilly but manageable with trolley. Really enjoyed both rounds, will definitely visit again.
Enjoyed the course. Easy to walk and very well laid out - especially the positioning of the trees
Lovely course the men played well us ladies found it a little difficult would go again Group from Stafford
Our only complaint is that when we arrived at the hotel we discovered that the pro shop had no record of the tee times we had booked through Your Golf Travel! The golf professional was very helpful and managed to give us alternative tee times although the course was busy. The course was pretty and in good condition apart from the bunkers which could have done with more sand in them, also a lot of the bunkers were missing rakes and so not raked. The course was not too difficult, very enjoyable for the mid - higher handicapped players. We were lucky to have perfect weather on the 3 days we played. Would definitely go back and play there again. If booking with Your Golf Travel it would be a good idea to check in advance with the pro shop that they have to booked in.
The course was interesting and well kept, The front 9 was well signposted to the next tee but this was not the case on the back 9 the 12th tee was especially well hidden. There were lots of people on the course but it was well managed and the professional allowed us to start early on Monday so we were not behind a large society which was much appreciated.
We found the golf course very bland,but the green fees of only £9( when we played)reflected that in the price.We travelled all the way from Southampton to play,It’s probably an ideal course to play at for the price if you live fairly local.We would rather pay more and play at the Celtic Manor in Newport next time.
Coming in winter it was what could be expected, but for £40 each was a great deal. No real complaints
considering the time of year it was very good
Enjoyable game , greens on the slow side and tee mats on all holes , but exceptional value for money
For the time of year the course was in good condition would like to go back in the summer
Played off temporary tees overall course in good condition
First round no one mentioned to us that the 10th and 12th greens were temporary greens. Second and third rounds only the 12th was temporary
we all enjoyed the course and found it very testing in places.
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