We’re lucky to have so many unique and brilliantly playable golf courses in Hampshire. Golf in our county dates back to the mid-19th century, when our neighbour, Bramshaw Golf Club, was founded. We take a look at our favourite golf courses in Hampshire.
We’re awfully fond of Bramshaw’s golf courses – and not just because they’re our closest neighbour. The 18 holes of Bramshaw Golf Club are split over two distinct, unique locations: Bramshaw Manor and Bramshaw Forest. The Manor course’s nine holes are right next to The Bell Inn. It’s a fine parkland course, perfectly landscaped; an excellent golfing experience for seasoned players.
The Forest course is the oldest golf course in Hampshire, dating back to the 1860s. Because of The New Forest‘s common grazing rights, free-roaming ponies and pigs have right of way on the course, and that in itself makes these nine holes a completely unique experience. It also adds a new dimension of play and a level of challenge that can only come from a natural course, and players from around the UK love the charm and feel of this unique layout.
Another New Forest favourite, Brokenhurst Manor is widely celebrated as one of the best courses in the south. The name isn’t a typo – the seemingly misspelt “Broken-hurst” is just one of the many quirks of this course (and it’s actually the correct spelling of Brockenhurst, which gained the extra “c” by mistake).
The course blends the wild surroundings with pristinely kept greens and extremely true putting surfaces – and fewer trees than you’d think for a forest course. Careful club selection is a must – this course is much trickier than its short holes would have you believe.
This one’s an outlier in that it crosses the border between Hampshire and Sussex – but it’s just too good not to include. It tops many golfers’ lists as the best in Hampshire, and for good reason; it’s as rewarding as it is challenging and as beautiful as it is fun to play.
It’s another short course, with a lowly par of just 70 – but each hole requires strategy in order to score well. Liphook is extremely well kept and very popular with locals and visitors, making it a must for golfers making a trip to Hampshire.
Founded in 1883, Hayling Golf Club has some of the most spectacular panoramic views over the Solent – all the way to the Isle of Wight on a clear day. It’s a popular and friendly club, set in a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Natural beauty abounds here, and the course itself is a links, carved from nature, waving and undulating underfoot.
It makes for challenging and interesting play – with natural hazards like the sand dunes and water pools making up the majority of the course’s features (as it distinctly lacks trees). It’s neither a long or a short course, at around 6,500 yards, but it does have oodles of character and presents its difficulty in other ways. Being so exposed and near to the coast, wind is a far greater factor than at most other courses, and the firm ground rolls quickly.
The club welcomes players of all abilities, and the friendly atmosphere lets everyone enjoy this beautiful course by the sea.
On the other side of the island, another gorgeous coastal course awaits. With stunning views of The Needles, this clifftop course surprises many visiting golfers with its beauty and variety.
The prolific golf course architect, Harry Colt, had his hand in extending the course in the 1930s. Today, three nines make up this 27 hole course; Becton, Needles and Stroller.
The journey from The Bell Inn, through The New Forest towns of Brockenhurst, Sway and New Milton, is well worth it – and it’s easy to forget just how close we are to the sea here!
Enjoy a Hampshire Golf Break
If you’re looking for Hampshire golf breaks, our prime location in The New Forest lets you explore the amazing golf around the south – from your base at The Bell Inn. Book your rooms now – call 023 8081 2214 or book online.