Blackmoor - Hampshire - England

Blackmoor Golf Club,
Firgrove Road,
Whitehill,
Bordon,
Hampshire,
GU35 9EH,
England


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  • Simon Burton

  • Harry Colt

  • Stephen Clay

Blackmoor Golf Club is sandwiched between the North and South Downs at the western end of the glorious sand belt, which cuts swathe through Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire. The course lies on a picturesque tract of purple heathland, from which the club takes its name.

Harry Colt originally laid out Blackmoor as a 12-hole course and it opened for play in 1913. The outbreak of the Great War prevented the expansion to 18 holes until 1924. "I am told on good authority and fully believe that I ought to bracket with Liphook and Pulborough another course," wrote Bernard Darwin in Golf Between Two Wars, "a creation of Mr Colt’s, at Blackmoor, not far from Bordon, in Hampshire, but here is one of the sad gaps in my education. I have always been going to see Blackmoor but never have." Darwin had nothing to be ashamed about, because even today, Blackmoor is not as well known as it should be.

Did you know that Charles Swann started his round dramatically in October 1929 at Blackmoor Golf Club when his opening drive landed in the chimney of an adjacent house? The owners were somewhat surprised when the ball rattled down the chimney before plopping onto their burning fire. 
The layout is configured in two loops, with the outward nine being the outer loop. Five par threes and only two par fives against a par of 69, ensures that Blackmoor belies its meagre 6,164 yards. Blackmoor is regularly used for Regional Open Championship Qualifying and the flagship annual amateur event, the Selborne Salver, has produced some notable winners, including Peter McEvoy, Gary Wolstenholme and Ross Fisher.

Blackmoor is a truly delightful course, with spinneys of birch and fir and wonderfully sandy ground. It’s a secret jewel for the golf course cognoscenti if ever there was one.

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Blackmoor is a course that ruined my game for two years. Having arrived here as a competent 12 handicap after playing Blackmoor I quickly realised that I would never get down to single figures if I could not hit both straight drives and left to right fades (at the time I had only a strong draw/hook and only one hole really favours this flight!).

This course is a joy from start to finish and I personally think that hole 10 is the best hole in Hampshire, a strong par 4 rising gradually uphill to a green in the distance. When you play here you are really in an area of great beauty and quiet and you will not be disappointed with the layout.

May 10, 2017


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James
May 17, 2017

"You can talk to slice but a hook wont listen" Lee Trevino. I'm certain Harry Colt played a cut. He certainly was not a sheep in a former life. Apparently they once fed some sheep into a maze; 68% turned left first time and of the ones that took a first turn to the right, all of them, without fail, then took the next left.

A delightful day and course. Not long, but it's tight. Keep it straight and you'll be rewarded, although I'd challenge even the best putters to avoid a three-putt here. The greens were in magnificent condition, quick, and rolling out without a kink - no excuses! Full of subtle (and not so subtle) borrows. Very important to leave yourself the right side of the hole.

Some great holes, particularly the par 3's, including an absolute brute at 15 (200 yds with an upturned saucer green, deep bunkers either side). Lots of heather to contend with, a fair bit of OOB too.

I'd wholeheartedly recommend a trip here. Pretty good value for visitors, and the course is in terrific shape. A fair test, and most importantly, fun!

May 27, 2016


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Not easy to write a review of Blackmoor. Truth is, it's a good course but not a great course. Positively it has a number of holes that would befit many of Surrey heathlands best, the 1st, 10th and 18th are stand outs. On the flip side, there are a few weak holes, the 2nd, 5th, and 7th. A course that favours short hitters at just over 6000y and with only 2 par 5s there are limited opportunities for the power players to let it rip. Greens are generally very good. Practice facilities are extremely poor, as is the club house food offering. Saying that it's a fun course to play.

April 21, 2016


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James
July 08, 2016
Ok, so I see you have only done one review ever so I will go easy on you as maybe you are a beginner? The members and frequent guests of this course quite rightly think it is under rated. The more you play it the better it becomes. However for the first time visitor it is a fairly honest test although the subtleties are endless. The 1st, 10th and 18th are indeed as good as anywhere and the 2nd is no ones favourite I admit however the 5th is much loved. A mercurial challenge evocative of the best of Royal Ashdown or Berkhamsted. The Green Complex at the 7th is awesome although the new bunker reduction is a bit clumsy and does not sit well on the landscape to my eye. We have a 400 yard practice area and I am informed the Ball machine is on its way. The short game are is first class. There are plenty of opportunitires for you to let rip but you had better be straight. 1,3,4,7,8,10,11,13,14,16,18, The bets thing is you have a genuine choice from all of these tees as to how to play and often when the course often holds Major County and national events time and again it is interesting to see how differently players route their ball or perceive the hole. This club is on the front foot and getting better by the minute. Visit you will love it. Mens open end of August. Make the trip people! JCBL

I played here mid November 2015 and really enjoyed the course. We started on the 10th due which does not make this an easy start to a course. There is a lovely feel to the whole place with my favorite holes being 3, 10, 11, 15 and 18. To top this it all off it was £30 to play as visitors, you would struggle to find better value for money anywhere.
November 20, 2015


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I played in the Blackmoor Open in August, and I have to say, I prefer this course to Liphook which I have also played. I cannot think of a course that has a better routing than this on such a tiny piece of land. It really does keep you interested from start to finish. The condition of the course was excellent. The design also feels more modern than its 100+ years suggest; the green complexes are vast and remind me of a large stadium course. Some of these must have required quite some earth moving in days when machinery was not available. A great course not to be missed if you are in the area.
October 03, 2015


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The second stop on our Hampshire/ Surrey border tour brings us to Blackmoor, the others being Hindhead, Hankley Common and Liphook. On balance these courses offer the best value/quality ratio in the whole of the British Isles for a golf tour and if you throw in a bonus trip to Hayling for a spot of Links Golf you have the makings of the best Golf trip money can buy in these Isles. Make no mistake. This is a players Course this and the members are passionate about the game as a sport. Bring your accuracy and strategic best and you will enjoy this place immensely. There are real choices to be made on virtually every tee. You can play these holes all sorts of ways. Since joining as a member this March, the course hBlackmoor Golf Course - Photo by revieweras grown on me even though I have played here for over twenty years. You can appreciate this course for it aesthetics from most of the tees but only once you have walked off the 18th green will you appreciate the challenge you have just met. Some of the other courses mentioned as part of this tour will beguile you with even prettier vistors but none will best Blackmoor as a fair and relentless examination of Golf that is inviting to tackle and in places will test your nerve and resolve to the limit, especially if you have a score going. Can you stand on the tenth tee with absolute confidence you will hit the fairway that snakes to the right revealing a classic colt green complex rising elegantly before you? Can you summon the determination and skill on the 16th tee to hit that Precipitous looking promontory of a green 200 yards away? These are but two of the questions you will be asked. Every hole, every shot is appealing and enticing here. A fair reward for your shot, good or bad, can be expected. The green complexes are a particular delight and the pretty par 3’s and 4’s will test your iron play thoroughly. Rewards await on the two par fives but the consequence of inaccuracy can be fatal. The infinite subtlety of this course is enchanting. The others are also a great day visit but here is the one you want to play every week. It is in the best condition for a generation they say and so far I can’t argue. The only change I would make is to the 2nd, I’d raise the tee and put in a colt like Green complex with a false front and a couple of bunkers. JCB LAY
July 27, 2015


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Michael Cave
November 12, 2015
Thank you for your comments. I have played here for over 50 years and I still relish the challenge! I'm also biased!!
This courses was one of my favourite on our Bournemouth trip, a short course maybe but it certainly made my playing partners think about their club selection off the tee. A few dog legs which suited me, so you had to plot your way round on the correct side of the fairway. Good use of cross-bunkering with typical Colt flair and some lovely raised meandering greens. There were so many holes to enjoy that I struggle to remember the all – the 8th was excellent and 9th with a host of bunkers around just waiting for the slightest off line shot, followed on with the 9th a good drive and a sloping green which shouts out to you “don’t be short”, Who can forget the 18 th where everyone on the clubhouse veranda can watch your approach shot roll back to your feet. The pro was excellent who gave a new electric trolley to my playing partner to use (free) who had forgotten to charge his own up. Also the members were great in the bar and on the course – a great club with the right attitude to golf and visitors. I hope Broadstone is reading this review.P Barron 22/7/15
July 26, 2015


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The top-end of the Hampshire rankings is very strong, the only two currently in front of Blackmoor are Liphook and Hayling. I played Blackmoor for the first time in 2015 and what an oversight, should have visited a dozen times by now. Anyway, the past cannot be changed! One of those current terms is, "short by modern standards" - I do know what is meant but I say, 'who cares' as length is way down the list for regular golfers in terms of importance and just because a course is short (6164 yards at Blackmoor) does it mean easy? Of course not.... This is a good looking course on that great land that Hampshire and neighbouring counties are famed for and to be honest it is just a nice place to be even before your round. A couple of gentle par-4's get you off and running but two strong par-4's at the 3rd and 4th bite back. The 3rd is especially good looking; dog-legging right with masses of heather to avoid on this side. The 5th hole may split opinion but I am a big fan; around 400 yards turning right with a ditch running through the hole at around 220 yards, premium on the tee-shot is obvious, then approaching to a fantastic ampitheatre of a green site. The front nine closes with a lovely 150 yard par-3, slightly uphill right in front of the clubhouse. The back nine continues in the same vein; holes in all directions and most of them very strong. Another short par-3 at the 12th is fun to play, 130 yards at most but plenty of trouble on the undulating green - great bunkering either side too. There is a great spot after playing the par-3 17th; look back to the tee and also look to the right (3rd green) and just for a minute you could be at Sunningdale. One of the strongest par-4's comes at the last, 400 yards a little uphill and a little slope to the right with an approach that needs some much care as the green is not what you would call flat; anything not quite up is likely to roll a fair way back. Overall thoughts; super course, really enjoyable and will return - course deservedly in the English 100.
May 29, 2015


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I played Blackmoor this week for the first time and found it to be a little beauty. Due to the quantity and quality of so many high ranking courses nearby I think this course probably slips under the radar of many travelling golfers. There is good variety in the design and shape of the holes and although there is only one par five it is a good one with cross-bunkering 40 yards short of the green. Blackmoor Golf Course - Photo by reviewerAs with most Harry Colt courses the bunkering is excellent giving the course real definition. The par 3’s are all of a good standard, I particularly enjoyed the 9th, 12th and 15th. There is a nice mix of par 4’s with six at 400 yards plus from the white tees, this is evened out with three fairly short ones. One of my favourites was the dogleg right fifth which requires a well placed tee shot followed by a mid to long iron over a ditch to an undulating green. The 7th is a strong hole with a ridge running through the green from front to back which can make life very difficult if you are out of position. The 18th is a classy finishing hole, teeing off from high ground, the hole bends left to the green built into a bank beneath the clubhouse. Miss it left or right and you are left with a very tricky recovery shot. The greens were in good condition and very true, although not particularly fast on the day I played. The course is not overly difficult but the abundance of heather lining the fairways will keep you under pressure from the tee all day long. The only slight negative for me was the view of the cables and pylon near the 4th tee, particularly as you walk up the 16th fairway. Having said that, this is a very minor issue and my overall experience was extremely enjoyable. I agree with the comment below that Blackmoor would be a solid 4½ ball ranking if there were such a thing. Brian W
October 15, 2012


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Richard hart
November 01, 2012
There are two par 5's at Blackmoor, 8th and 13th. The hole you describe as a par 5 with cross bunkering sounds like the 10th which is a long par 4 ! My home course, and always in excellent condition. Greens are slower than usual at the moment due to the amount of rain we have had. A classic Harry Colt course, and a very friendly Club.
Blackmoor improves in condition and as experience every time I play it! The greens are now lightening quick and very true (Andy Sullivan agrees!), the heather management program is at last coming to fruition and the course just looks so tidy!If you haven't played this course you really should because it is so much better than many the more well known courses in the South. It should be much more highly rated than it is!!
June 29, 2011


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Ste
June 29, 2011
This site is begining to annoy me with max ratings given out regardless. Blackmoor is a lovely course presented well and I would have no problem with a 5 ball rating. However giving it 6 when it is a very short course with one or two genuine weak holes (2nd and 9th) is a little strange. Maybe if we could give half ball ratings it would be more sensible or change the system completely and marks out of 10!!
Tony
April 25, 2012
I do agree with Ste, we played 36 recently and it was a tremendous days golf, but 6 is not right and 5 is probably reserved for the likes of Hankley Common and Burnham and Berrow type courses, although 4 seems too low it would have to be classed as 4 1/2.