Hampshire

The Hampshire County Golf Union promotes golf not only across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, but also the Channel Islands. We separately feature the best golf courses in Jersey and Guernsey, so our Hampshire county rankings omit courses from these two lovely Channel Islands.

In 1893, the Hampshire County Golf Union was established, becoming the first county union in England. The first County Championship match was held at Royal Winchester Golf Club the following year. Golf in Hampshire first began at Brook in the New Forest fifteen years prior to Bramshaw Golf Club’s inauguration in 1880. Today, there are 66 golf clubs in Hampshire and another 8 on the Isle of Wight.

Although Hampshire Ladies’ County Golf Association was formed in 1900, for some reason it took until 1923 before the first County Championship tournament was hosted by the association. Nowadays, HLCGA runs eleven competitions throughout the year for around five and a half thousand female members and five tournaments for affiliated clubs. The association also selects representative teams to play friendly and trophy inter-county matches.

The variation of golf courses in the Hampshire region is second to none, ranging from the true links of Hayling to the classic heathlands of Liphook, Blackmoor and North Hants. The downlands of Hockley meld with the coastal cliff edge courses of Freshwater Bay and Barton-on-Sea. Combine the aforementioned with the New Forest course at Brokenhurst Manor and then add a sprinkle of parkland brilliance in the shape of Stoneham and you have a veritable golfing smorgasbord.

Our Hampshire Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Hampshire

Liphook

1st Hampshire - Best in Area

Liphook Golf Club is as pretty as a picture. A delightful, classic heathland course for the connoisseur, not for the dilettante.

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Hayling

2nd Hampshire - Best in Area

Hayling Golf Club is set upon a Site of Special Scientific Interest, on the South West peninsular of Hayling Island.

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Blackmoor

3rd Hampshire - Best in Area

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.

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North Hants

4th Hampshire - Best in Area

North Hants - home of Justin Rose. A delightful undulating heathland course, touched by the hands of numerous great architects.

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Stoneham

5th Hampshire - Best in Area

Designed by Willie Park Junior in 1908, Stoneham Golf Club is set in delightful, historical parkland which was originally planted by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.

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Brokenhurst Manor

6th Hampshire - Best in Area

Situated on the southern edge of the New Forest, the 18-hole layout at Brokenhurst Manor opened for play in 1919, four years after the golf club was founded.

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Hockley

7th Hampshire - Best in Area

Established in 1914 and designed by James Braid, Hockley Golf Club is set on free draining chalk where there are fine views of the ancient heritage city of Winchester from its downland fairways.

Shanklin & Sandown

8th Hampshire - Best in Area

The Isle of Wight boasts seven golf courses and the best of these is this James Braid-designed 18-hole layout, lying close to the small settlements of Shanklin and Sandown.

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Alresford

9th Hampshire - Best in Area

Alresford Golf Club was inaugurated in 1890 but the course in play today, which uses some of the original holes, was opened in 1993. David Harrison OBE and 2008 Captain of the R&A, is a member here.

Army

10th Hampshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1883, the same year as Hayling Island, the Army Golf Club has deep military connections but is now largely in civilian hands. Today’s course was laid out in the 1970s and is a stern 6,550-yard test.

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