A beautiful ride through the heather, via some of the finest putting surfaces of any inland course in GB&I

Liphook Golf Club Course Review

Green Fee Range: £85

Medal Tee: Par 70 – 6,301 Yards

Visitor Times: Weekdays and after 12pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Website: www.liphookgolfclub.com

Liphook Golf Club Course Review

Gentle changes in elevation result in lovely views at this classy, absorbing, heathland design. With a justifiable reputation for presenting the course in excellent condition, Liphook is very welcoming and offers very good value for money.

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Liphook Golf Club Course Review

Arthur Croome designed this beautiful, gently undulating heathland course, which was opened in 1923 and subsequently upgraded by one of his team who went on to greater architectural fame, Tom Simpson.

Both were advocates of the philosophy for a design that is strategic rather than penal, one where all golfers need to think their way round.

Despite its relative lack of length – just 6,301 yards from the very back tees – scoring depends on approaching the greens from the correct angle.

This understated approach also applies to the course’s greatest defence, the greens themselves, which are fast and true with very subtle breaks.

Liphook Golf Club Course Review

Unusually, the round opens with a par 3, which at around 200 yards sounds a daunting prospect but is played downhill to a bunkerless green with plenty of space on the right.

The 13th is a lovely par 5, which plays first down and then up, crossing a ditch that marks the West Sussex-Hampshire border to a green protected by bunkers and which runs off at the front.

Recent bunker work and heather regeneration has added to the test at this beautiful course that is kept in tip-top order and is a visual treat from start to finish.

Course changes since previous ranking

Nothing significant

Proposed course changes

Some work away from the playing area will commence in June 2019. It is planned to make significant changes to the course in preparation for its centenary in 2022. This work will be completed by 2021. An underpass may be built, but any decision will need to receive the approval of the members first. If an underpass is approved it will be built in 2023.

Golf Monthly Verdict

Delightful, engaging and peaceful – enjoyable throughout the year.