The Manor course is not yet 50 years old, in contrast to the 150 years of the Forest course, also at Bramshaw. The Manor like the Forest course is in the New Forest but in a much more landscaped area giving a regular parkland feel with many really strong holes. The 3rd was an early favourite of mine; 410 yards, lined by mature trees on the left that cut in a little 100 yards out from the green. The very next hole, a par-3 at 150 yards has a brilliant false front just over a pot bunker short of the green. The longest par-3 across both Bramshaw courses is the Manor’s 7th – at 225 yards is not just a brute is a good looking brute, with the whole hole surrounded by the great hardwood trees.
Although the tee shot at the 318 yard 10th hole is blind (watch out for the bunkers at 240-260 yards), I really loved this hole and another with great trees all around the green that has a great step through it’s middle. The 15th is a worth a mention too; 550 yards and has to be called ‘a big hole’ – a slight draw from the tee needed and then an accurate lay-up to approach a three bunkered green.
The Manor finishes very well; the 17th is 440 yards with the course boundary down the left-side which pushes drives to the right but the fairway slopes right also, so getting on in two, needs your best shots not just in length but a precise tee shot is a must. At 335 yards the final hole is short but unless your tee shot is at least 220 yards and straight, you will not see the green on this severe dog-leg left.
My visit to Bramshaw in September was to play both courses and to stay onsite at the Bell Inn and I have to say that I would recommend all elements – all I say, especially for the Forest course is to do your homework prior to get the maximum out of a visit. I would expect to see the Manor get a county ranking position next time.
Date: October 31, 2018