Blackmoor - Hampshire - England

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


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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.

Charles Swann started his round dramatically at Blackmoor Golf Club in October 1929 when his opening drive landed in the chimney pot of an adjacent house. The owners were somewhat surprised when the ball rattled down the chimney stack 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 modest 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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Description: 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. Rating: 7.6 out of 10 Reviews: 32
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Andy Newmarch
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
8 / 10
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Brian Ward

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
7 / 10
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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.
Michael
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
10 / 10
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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.
Andrew
From the welcome in the pro shop to the end of a wonderful 18 holes this was a first class golfing experience. The course is not a long course nor is it tricked up but then it doesn't need to be. You do not need to bomb it 280 yards with a driver but you do need to think about ball positioning if you are going to be able to attack the greens. Once you have found the right part of the fairway that is by no means the end of the difficulty the greens are wonderfully laid out with tricky slopes to negotiate and understanding all the nuances would be a joy as a member. Finally the course was in immaculate condition and a credit to the grrenkeeping staff. If you are in the Hampshire area do not miss this course out from your itinerary.
April 29, 2011
8 / 10
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storm
i have played at blackmoor lots of times and it never gets dull every hole is well looked after and there are lots of diffrent holes i would tell peopel to play there as it is a great course with a nice welcome from all the members
June 18, 2010
8 / 10
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Michael Phillips
This is a very good course but is a little too short for the player looking for a real test. I found it frustrating to hit driver on what looked like the perfect line and run our of fairway.There are 2 unreal par 3's on this course and around the green it is as good as anywhere!Really enjoyed my round as it's in amazing condition - will definitley be back.
August 04, 2009
8 / 10
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Jason Hardy
This course is an undiscovered haven. Not long by modern standards. But beware, those thinking they will post a good score without much to do will walk away wanting to burn their scorecard. It is in exceptional condition and with the recent clubhouse refit the changing rooms no longer smell (not sure they did in all truth). Very welcoming and totally agree that this course should be well inside the top 100.
May 07, 2009
10 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
In my opinion this is an under rated course, this should be many places higher in the rankings. The detail to maintenance around the course is fantastic and the greens are as smooth as silk, add to that many great golf holes in both difficultly and looks and you have Blackmoor. Many holes have doglegs and raised greens making it play a lot longer than the par 69 would suggest, there are a lot of long par 4's here so you need your long game on form to score well. Our group were made very welcome by the pro and the members, looking forward to playing this course again, hopefully on a warm summers day!
December 16, 2008
8 / 10
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Thomas
Perhaps because it languishes in the (relative) economic backwater of East Hampshire, Blackmoor is notably minus the upmarket housing that accompanies many Surrey courses. This is fitting for a club where the focus is entirely on the golf. Sure, the locker room is smelly and the practice putting green inadequate, but that does not change the fact that, standing on the first tee, you are faced with an excellent, and rather pretty golf hole. The first introduces you to one of Blackmoors favourite tricks - a down-up par four across a valley. Its other, even more frequent trick is the considerable dogleg right, which you first meet at the third and will soon be very familiar with. The tenth hole is considered the best on the course, probably because it manages to combine both of these features, and mix them with a classic diagonal cross-bunker. One problem with Blackmoor - individually the par threes are all fine holes, but by the time I reached the 164-yard 17th, I was a little bored of playing to a raised green - all five par threes share this. HighHandicapMan
May 31, 2006
6 / 10
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Carl Statham
This is a lovely peaceful heathland course and is among the other unsung heathland courses like Hindhead and North Hants. As the other reviewer stated it does favour a fade on many holes with only the short second par 4 needing a draw. There has been a tree clearence recently and strangely not where the heather is at it's thickest ...... and it is pretty thick in places. I think some of the clearence, particularly the 14th, has taken away from the feel of the course and made it more open and less interesting. Saying that it is a really lovely course and I would really recommend anyone playing it.
March 29, 2006
8 / 10
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