The Forest course was originally built in 1865 with Bramshaw Golf Club eventually being formed in 1880. It is the oldest golf course in Hampshire making use of the beautiful scenery, humps, hollows and meandering streams that wind through the New Forest.
The Meon is a beautifully laid out undulating parkland course with quite a few water hazards while the Valley is very picturesque set amongst an ancient Roman villa, shorter than the Meon but just as challenging.
The course starts with a short par 5 but you have to be accurate and not stray too far from the fairway as out of bounds lies to the left and a ditch runs along the right hand side, crossing the fairway just before the green. Ditches are also present on the second, third and fourth hole but it is the tight entrance into the green on the fourth that makes it tricky.
I have yet to play the Wellington but some of it’s holes are ones from the original course, that I have played before they added the additional 18.
You get a great chance to start with a par or birdie as the only danger on the 1st is the rough on the left, keep clear of that and you could reach the green in two.
The next few holes are quite open with bail out areas for the wayward golfer. The 5th will test your nerve as there is water left & front of the green, depending where the pin is it could be a scary tee shot.
Old Thorns is a well managed golf course and I’m sure Peter Alliss is proud to be President. The course starts with a good par 4 dogleg that can leave you with a blind approach to the green. The 2nd is also a dogleg but thankfully is a par 5, the big hitters may reach this in two but a birdie can just as easily be obtained with a well placed chip on in three.
When I visited Sandford Springs I played the Wood and the Lakes courses so cannot comment on the Park course although I am sure the three courses are to the same standard.
First of all the I have to mention what good condition the course was in, the tees were perfect the fairways were great and the greens, well the greens were a delight to putt on.
This is a nice looking course set in the Hampshire countryside, the condition of the course was superb, the fairways, tees and especially the greens were all in great condition. We have to give a special mention to the greens as they ran well and true, putting on them was a pleasure.
The 1st is quite short and if played sensibly can get you off to a good start. You really do not want to go through the green at the 3rd and I think this is true for most of the holes.
Tylney Park is a superb looking course set in an undulating tree lined area just outside Rotherwick. The fairways and tees were in great shape and the greens, well you certainly can’t say that they are a bit flat, humps, bumps, slopes and tiers on nearly all of them.
All the holes apart from 10,11 and 12 are played through tree lined fairways where a misplaced drive will cost you dearly, the rough at about 2″ deep doesn’t look a bad place to be, but it is the type of rough where your ball sits right down making it almost impossible to see, even when standing right next to it.
I had a great day here and recommend this course to anyone who wants a challenge and likes to enjoy the scenery while playing but be warned the course record of only 3 under tells you that this is no easy course.
Bishopswood is a well maintained 9 hole course, the greens were great to putt on and ran very true, the fairways were in good condition, trees line most of them making a straight shot a necessity and the rough will definitely hold you up on your approach to the green.
The only bad point was the number of GUR areas around the course.
When I played Test Valley it was WET!, VERY WET!
The course advertises the fact that it drains well, but with the constant rain there were the inevitable puddles on the greens and fairways. That said the greens and fairways were in good condition with some of the greens having multiple undulations and on two or more levels.