Dainton Park Golf Club
Dainton Park provides a challenging, but relaxed round of golf amongst spectacular views. This is a beautiful varied parkland course with tree lined fairways and water features. Designed by Adrian Stiff and commissioned in 1991, Dainton Park has matured into a good test of golf. As with his other notable designs, such as the Kendleshire and the Players Club near Bristol, Stiff has created 18 different challenges.
Elevated tees offer stunning views over the surrounding countryside, and wide, inviting fairways follow the natural contours of the landscape. Numerous bunkers and water features pepper the fairways and several patches of unkempt rough will to trap the wayward. Well protected greens require a thoughtful approach and an accurate short game.
Over a period of nearly 20 years, the initial introduction of 20,000 young saplings and numerous lakes & ponds has given the course definition and over time each hole has developed it's own character.
The designer's trademark railway sleepers are evident throughout the course, with over a thousand of them used during construction, particularly around tees and greens. We have not forgotten about the wildlife either, with several species of bird and waterfowl resident across the course, all adding to that elusive 'away from it all' feeling.
With a large open air terrace in front of the clubhouse and a huge bay window at one end of the dining room, you can look out over the course. Your approach shot up the 18th hole is played directly towards the green in front of the clubhouse.
Bar snacks are available in the lounge and on the terrace from 9am, and the menu includes fried breakfasts', sandwiches, freshly baked baguettes and light bites. A hot luncheon buffet is served throughout the week from 12pm-2pm.
In addition to the golf course Dainton also have a 10 bay floodlit driving range, which is open from 8am-9pm throughout the year and costs from £2 per basket.
Dainton Park situated near the village of Ipplepen, two miles south of Newton Abbot on the A381 Totnes road. From Dartmouth Golf & Country Club turn right onto the A3122 for 2-3 miles. Turn right onto the A381 for 6-7 miles. In Totnes, turn right at the second set of traffic lights for 0.6 miles going through 1 roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout immediately after the bridge onto the A381 for 5-6 miles. Dainton Park is on the right hand side.