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.