The country estate of Orchardleigh Golf Club – which includes a Victorian mansion, an island church, boathouse and a number of other listed outbuildings – is the setting for an idyllic parkland course routed through mature trees.

Designed in the mid-1990s by Brian Huggett, in conjunction with Peter McEvoy, the championship layout offers a decent test on a site where water is in play on seven holes.

The front nine is laid out on flatter land to the west of the clubhouse and the 414yard sixth is certainly the most challenging on the way out, with out of bounds to the left of a fairway that leads to a two tiered green.

The back nine is more undulating and the dogleg right 14th is a testing par-5 with well-placed bunkers and trees. The maturity of the setting contrasts well against the modern, target golf design of the holes where greens have been constructed to USGA standard, while Orchardleigh’s practice facilities are firstclass with a full-length covered range, bunkers and chipping and putting greens.

Away from the course, the clubhouse offers a relaxed environment in which to enjoy a light snack, meal or drink, while there is a separate private room for society dining and evening functions.