Praise be to whoever first thought of the County Card system that entitles members of golf clubs to reduced rates on neighbouring courses on payment of a small annual fee. Now many county golf unions have teamed up to provide inter-county cards, and our Gloucestershire card (costing £10) is now valid at 450 courses over 13 counties. Admittedly the offer is usually limited to off-peak hours, but it’s still a great deal and today we treated ourselves to a day out at Orchardleigh in Somerset where we played for half the usual green fees (12th hole pictured here).
For me it was a first visit and I was instantly impressed. It’s an appealing course set in mature parkland with plenty of interest and some lovely views. Look very closely just above the treeline on the photo (right of centre) and you might just make out the famous Westbury White Horse in the distance. Sadly the chalk horse brought me no luck, because after an excellent front nine I went swiftly down hill. Still, it's a lovely course where we were given a warm welcome, not to mention a cracking bacon roll.
Who can ask for more? I may well go back some time and have another go at that back nine!