Alresford - Hampshire - England

Alresford Golf Club,
Cheriton Road,
Tichborne Down,
Hampshire SO24 0PN,

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Alresford Golf Club can trace its origins back to 1890, when a 9-hole course was fashioned for play. An 18-hole layout was in operation by the start of World War I but half the course was turned over to agricultural use and never recovered after the war ended.

Alternative tees were introduced in 1953 to alter the line and/or length into the nine greens on a second circuit. Finally, forty years later, a new 18-hole layout was opened, using some of the original holes which had their greens upgraded.

The course lies on the chalk downland of Tichborne Down so it enjoys wonderful free-draining properties across this landscape, ensuring it’s rarely ever closed due to heavy rainfall.

Alresford extends to just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, with fairways routed in two retuning nines. The longer outward half has a couple of par threes (at the 2nd and 6th) while the inward half features three short holes at the 10th, 13th and 16th.

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Description: 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. Rating: 5 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Tim Elliott

This was for me a return to Alresford Golf Club. I had played it once before in the 1960’s when I was learning the game. At that time the course was quite basic and had nine greens and eighteen tee boxes, the transformation to today’s 18 holes at the same location at the bottom of Alresford High Street is quite remarkable.

The current course opened in 1993 by John Jacobs rolls gently across.the Tichborne Downs in all its parkland splendour. Given my history playing Alresford, I am delighted to be the first to review it on this website.

From the back tees, Alresford measures just over 6000 yards. At the time of our visit, Summer Maintenance was in full swing which meant that the greens has just been verti-drained but nevertheless still putted well if just a bit slow. The fairways were well grassed and the tees and bunkers in immaculate condition, although course signage could be improved, particularly as there are some longish walks between holes.

The golf course has two loops of nine which both return to the clubhouse, it is a series of steady challenges rather than a set of remarkable holes. Having said that, the stretch from 15 to 17 would grace many more well known courses. The 15th is a left to right dogleg whereby the more of the dogleg you take off from the tee, the easier is the approach shot. 16 is a wonderful long par three of 195 yards where the drive has to be aimed between a narrow gap in the trees which frame the green. And 17 is to me the best hole on the course, a double dogleg par 5 coming in at 523 yards which is a true three-shotter. A good tee shot leaves a long iron/hybrid downhill to negotiate the first dogleg and then a similar club is required around the second dogleg to climb up the hill and find the raised green.

On a glorious summer’s evening this is a peaceful and yet inspiring place to play the game. Alresford is quite hilly and reflects the rural charm of its surrounds which are mainly farmers’ fields. It will never set the world alight, but will give a lot of pleasure to its members and visitors alike.

August 04, 2021
5 / 10
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