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.
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.
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.
"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!
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.