79 Liphook

Architect: Croome, T Simpson
Stats: 6,188 yds, par 70, SSS 70
GF: £42-£70
Visitor information: Visitors welcome any day
W: liphookgolfclub.com
2008 Ranking: 67 (Down 12)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: New greenside bunkers, refurbished existing bunkers, created six championship tees and re-generated areas of heather
Clubhouse: Refurbished and extended mens and ladies changing rooms. Installed new hot water and central heating systems

Croome’s original philosophy for this tree-lined course was to create a design that is ‘strategic’ rather than ‘penal’; one where all golfers need to think their way round. This approach extends to its greatest defence; fast greens with subtle breaks. Recent bunker work and heather regeneration add to the test at this beautiful Hampshire track.

Panellists’ comments: “Each of the par 3s has its own charm and challenge”; “Excellent value for money”; “Short but no pushover”

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