The world of golf The Top 100 panel selects the best golf courses in Hampshire, one of England’s most diverse counties.
Few parts of Britain – let alone England – can rival Hampshire for its variety of courses. Sitting next to Surrey could easily give Hants an inferiority complex, but while the latter can’t match the former in depth, he surpasses him for his character spectrum.
A wealth of moorland, a prime course, a cliff top course and several beautiful parklands give Hants a rounded feel that only a few can match.
But why should you trust our ranking of the best golf courses in Hampshire? Well the world of golf The Top 100 panel have been ranking the best courses in England for decades and have the most comprehensive knowledge of the game. Using a combination of our current rankings and their experience of each county, the team have produced a comprehensive list of the best golf courses in every English county.
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What are the best golf courses in Hampshire?
1. Lip Hook
Liphook is a course decorated with holes of unforgettable quality, such as the 2nd, played on a semi-hidden, treacherous but beautiful natural green site, or the utterly spellbinding short 7th, played downhill to one of the best greens that you will never have the fortune to be confused by.
It’s exquisite moorland with firm sandy fairways that are a joy to play and holes that will win you over quickly, including two of the best par 3s in England.
Relatively short, Liphook has some of the most attractive green complexes in the country, and is the only Hampshire course to feature in our Top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland, ranking 87th.
A true Tom Simpson gem, Hayling is closing in on a place on our GB&I list having already secured places in our Top 100 rankings for English courses (52nd) and British and Irish links (76th).
It is the only complete link between Rye and Cornwall, with superb fescue turf, thriving heather after the gorse clears and a wonderful variety of holes which improve as the round progresses.
Another feature in England’s Top 100 (75th), Stoneham has undergone a huge refurbishment focused on felling trees, promoting the growth of heather it was once famous for and returning its bunkers to the style created by Willie Park in 1908.
This moor near Southampton is relatively short at 6,400m, but there are enough slopes, streams, heather and bunkers on the old deer park to make sure it grabs your attention.
It’s a robust full-scale course as the routing almost totally rumbles around the outside of the property for the front nine, then loops back and forth inside on the way home. There are also enough subtleties to please the connoisseur: clever use of ridges; the greens stuck in the banks; heather-topped cross bunkers the width of the county itself.
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Blackmoor is a Harry Colt classic about spellbinding moorland with holes carved among pines, birches, oaks, heather, tight turf and white sand bunkers.
The big man laid out this 1913 in two loops of nine, and although it’s only 6,164 yards, the good-scoring obstacles that line the fairway make it quite tricky.
Expect exquisite par 3s on a course ranked 72nd in our England Top 100.
5. North Hants
Justin Rose’s boyhood club is host to the famous Hampshire Hog. Opened in 1904 and originally designed by James Braid, it was overhauled by Colt in 1913 and refurbished by Simpson in 1930.
Lots of sturdy two-shots with smart bunkering, trickling around the greens, blind shots, sloping greens and undulating but not overly taxing topography. Just missed out on a place in our England Top 100.
6. Brockenhurst Manor
Accurate play will thrive on this attractive tree-lined Harry Colt course, headlined by the beautiful par-3 12th through a valley to a heavily bunkered postage stamp green.
7. Leckford (former)
This nine hole is a Harry Colt mini classic on undulating chalk-based courses. Opens with a few par 5s and the classic 3rd par 3 completes a terrific start
There’s a solid finish too, with the par-4 8th played from an elevated tee to a sloping fairway and a long, narrow green before signing off with another cracking par-3 to a well-protected downhill green.
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8. Hockley James
Downhill course designed by Braid which is top notch all year round. At one with nature, this is a beautiful course but a real challenge and you have to be on your game. Memorable tour in the South Downs National Park.
9. Barton on Sea (Becton and Needles)
There are three loops here, the third being known as the Stroller. The holes are a combination of original designs by Harry Colt from 1932 and new ones by J Hamilton Stutt from 1992. Becton has a tabletop par 3 on the 3rd while the Needles has a beautiful cliffside 5th and ends on an island by 3 .
Built in 1891, it is a well-drained chalky course that is a joy to play. Great views of the woods and a challenge for all abilities. “Simply wonderful, I would recommend Corhampton to any golfer,” said one panelist.
Beautiful moorland set in 165 acres of rolling land between Farnborough and Aldershot. Although the club was founded in 1883, the current course was created in the 1960s but has a golden age atmosphere.
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12. Shanklin and Sandown
Splendid moorland by James Braid 1903 on the Isle of Wight. Offers quality and stimulating golf (narrow fairways and well-protected greens) all year round. The par 3 9th, played on a three-tiered green, is one of the most remarkable.
Private golf club designed by Henry Cotton. A long but beautiful route; nature and humanity combine to create a delightful experience.
Sits on chalky land on the shores of Tichborne Down – a delight from start to finish. Founded in 1890, the course spans just over 6,000 yards and the key to a successful round is finding the small, fast, well-guarded greens.
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15. Royal Winchester
Established in 1888, it was designed by JH Taylor in Hampshire land and has views to the north east of the county. Its bunker regeneration program was praised by the panel.
16. Bramshaw (Mansion)
Well established hilly park covering 6,400 yards. It opened in 1971 and sits with the New Forest amid 200-year-old hardwood plantations.
17. Old Thorns
A wood good enough to feature in our Top 200 in England. Designed by Peter Alliss, it is cut through mature trees with sometimes significant elevation changes. The perfect base for your golf break in Hants.
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18. Hartley Winney
Originally established as a nine hole in 1891, it took another 109 years before this park near Hook was expanded to 18. The first half is seen as your scoring opportunity, with the back nine – notably the 13th, played from an elevated tee but guarded by water and a ditch – a consistent test.
19. Tylney Park
Completely renovated in 2004, this mature park is a test for all over 7,000 yards from the tips and playing through well-established trees to large, undulating greens.
20. Bramshaw (Forest)
Home to the county’s oldest course (circa 1865) is a charming and charismatic gently rolling moorland on common ground in the heart of the idyllic New Forest and is a fun ride with bumps, dips, rippling streams…and a wandering fauna.
21. Winchester South
An intriguing Peter Alliss/Dave Thomas design from the early 1990s that spans over 200 acres. It’s flat, easy to walk on and drains superbly.
The choice of holes is the 429-yard par-4 15th, which involves a pass over a lake.
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22. Rowlands Castle
Harry Colt design from 1902 on the edge of the South Downs National Park, northeast of Portsmouth.
23. Freshwater Bay
Isle of Wight course with great views from its cliff edge fairways.
24. Sanford Springs
Three loops here, we prefer the nine Park and Woods. Great resort course in very good condition.
Formerly Dummer, it has one of the most scenic par 3s on a shimmering lake in Hampshire.
26. Meon Valley
The only European PGA Tour destination in Hampshire, hotel on site, course lined with oak trees, with incredible scenery.
27. Weybrook Park
Designed by Sandy Burrell with Ken Moodie of Creative Golf Design on well-drained downstream terrain interspersed with four lakes.
Championship course with excellent drainage. Scenic, wooded course with a beautiful par 3 over a sparkling pond.
Shorter course but still a good challenge for all golfers with intricate holes that need to be respected.
Narrow tree-lined course under 6,000 yards, with intricate bunker spots, dog paws and a heart hill designed to test the fittest golfer. A friendly club that tests your intelligence as well as your swing.
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