10 reviews of North Hants Golf Club
Make no mistake this is a quality course. The bunkers are all brilliantly placed on fairways and near the greens. And some of the are deep too, as I found out on the first! I must say the first 5-6 holes were particularly challenging, with very slopey greens.It didn't keep up that standard all the way,but still very good. Overall good condition, and the clubhouse is very attractive. Not cheap to play it must be said, but one we'll come back to.
A good but currently badly maintained course. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not talking about the quality of the greens or such like, although the turf in general, strangely green for this time of year, seemed far too nutrient rich. It's the way the course is set up that is disappointing. You can see where fairway has been replaced with thick grass, removing all strategy in the process. Bunkers which were clearly once in the fairway and there to be squeezed passed by those wanting to favour the more aggressive line are now sadly hidden amongst that grass. There are few choices left on the course now, just hit the narrow middle strip or else. What's more, the heather is subsequently losing the battle to the long grass and overgrown trees. If a quality minimalist architect were to be appointed the results could be outstanding. The course is there but, unfortunately, it's currently stuck in the 1980's mentality of 'tight rather than tactical' A real shame.
Outstanding golf course, must play and totally underrated. Played here last week and couldn't find a poor hole over the layout. Only criticism might be a par 3 opening hole (but it's a strong hole). Loved the par 5 3rd hole. A very good par 70 test of golf and a layout you'd never get bored of playing. Seemed like a very friendly club, plenty of Justin Rose memorabilia in the clubhouse and practice facilities were sound. Can't wait to play it again, quality golf course without necessarily the praise it deserves.
All i can say is what a golf course. I have read the reviews of people complaining about the noise, and im a little confused by that, maybe the trees have grown up larger then when they reviewed as besides the train track down the side of 16&17 (which remind me of the 9th at Wentworth and a great challange with out of bounds all down the right for any would be slicers!) i didnt notice anything as i was engrossed in playing a great course. The 8th is a great signature hole, and so tough to judge, and it was great to see a short hole so exciting to play! The 3rd is a challenging par 5 and a welcome change to some of the very easy par 5's i have played in hampshire recently. I wouldnt say this course is overly tight, but it is certainly not open, and i would say best of both worlds. The greens were so impressive for this time of year, and i heard whilst at the club that during The Hampshire Hog (a world ranking points qualifier for Amateurs, held here!!) that they had the greens up to 13.5 last year, and this event is held in April! The clubhouse is not an ideal layout, but i found everyone there very welcoming, and the proshop team were very friendly. I reccomend this course as one of the best in Hampshire, i guess that is why they hold such a prestegous Amateur event every year with everyone from Lyle to Bonalack on the honours board that i could find.
Played here April 09. Course didn't live up to expectations . There were several reasons for this ,as follows. The ambience here is spoilt by noise .You can here the constant drone of the M3 all the way round & along the 3rd you feel as if you're almost on the hard shoulder .Allied to this are constant trains on the other side of the course & a busy road behind the clubhouse. They've tinkered with the original design which can be dangerous & i think it detracts. For instance ,the 1st would have been a nice short par 4 opener.Now you get a 214 yard par 3 .Who wants to hit a driver /3 wood to a par 3 straight up .The new 3rd ,which has an unattractive housing estate alongside, is now a silly par 5 .A good drive leaves a too long & risky carry over a large expanse of water & the lay up area is too narrow which ,if negotiated, leaves an approach which can be affected by the big tree on the front corner of the green.Subsequently the 4th green seems to have been affected.I hit a high 3/4 wedge to the top/back level of the green which landed on the front portion but then ran over the back & i couldn't see how i could have held it. Although it's tree lined it has an open feel in places .On the 17th ,you can see through to 4 other fairways (11,12,9 & 1)& i would have liked it more if the holes had felt more secluded (which would have also helped the noise factor). Course goes round in two loops so it felt like a long walk round. The allround course conditioning was very good & the large greens had lovely surfaces with plenty of variety for interesting pin positions. There were also some great design touches.I really liked the elevated very wide but shallow green on the par 5 17th (which reminded me of the St.Andrews road hole )& the excellent short 8th (which i thought had touches of the 12th at Augusta ). Club was very welcoming on the visit but when i've made tentative enquiries in the past it's felt a bit like getting into Fort Knox . For a course rated the best in Hants it's obviously decent but i just expected it to be a bit more enjoyable. Kevin B.
An excellent course,presented in first class condition.Had been some time since I played it and now boast a magnificent club house with superb facilities and catering staff to match...the after game food for our society was one of the best we have ever had. Thw weather did its best to dampen our spirits but even so you could see that this place would be idylic on a dry day.it is no pushover and you have to be straight and the mixture of holes really means you have to use every club in the bag,the greens were as true as you could wish for even after the amount of rain we have had in the last few weeks. One of the best.
played course 16th April in beautiful weather and thought it was excellent , although probably not quite as good as Liphook and Blackmoor the Par 5 , 3rd is one of the best par 5's ive played - condition was good and although course had lots of long par 4's managed to play to handicap. 8.5 / 10...
North Hants is one of the shortest narrowest coureses i have played in long time. It was areally challange for me but was still a really enjoying round. They have some short holes which are must birdies but have a couple which could really ruin your round. A must for plays who love hitting fairways.
Having played this great course i would reccomend it to anyone who likes to play a challenging course. The design is a classic, with many very intresting holes, one or two with blind tee shots. On the day we played May 1st, the fairways were the best i have played on other than in the states. The greens were very good apart from a couple which have been rebuilt and relaid, i have not doubt that they will be in super condition in a few weeks time when we will going back for more. Altogether a very pleasent course, wish there were more like it!!
This will be the best course in Hampshire and was the best course in Hampshire. At this time they are currently making changes to the second, third and fourth holes. The new third will be one of the finest holes in Golf. Tree lined with gorse and heather filled rough, this is a difficult course espeicially as there seem to be fairway bunkers at all driving ranges. Justin Rhodes learnt his trade on the beautiful greens and fairways of this undulating course. I can't wait to play it next year when the new holes are in play. You'll want to join this course now, however this is an exclusive course with a rumoured closed waiting list at 8 years, I can't understand why its not longer!
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