Hankley Common - Surrey - England

Hankley Common Golf Club,
Tilford,
Farnham,
Surrey,
GU10 2DD,
England


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Hankley Common Golf Club is situated on the North Downs, in a preservation area or to be precise, a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, home to oak, rowan and the woodlark.

In many ways, Hankley is reminiscent of Walton Heath, which is high praise indeed; the common at Tilford has the same ferocious heather and the same wide-open and windswept appearance as that of the heath at Walton on the Hill. If there was ever a place where seaside links golf meets inland heathery golf, it’s here at Hankley Common.

Golf at Hankley commenced in 1897 with a modest nine-hole course but it remained an innocuous layout until James Braid added a further nine holes in 1922. Many people believe that Hankley Common became a truly great course in 1936, after Harry Colt remodelled it.

There is an overwhelming feeling of spaciousness on this heathland course, so much so that it seems plausible that a second or third course could be intertwined between the existing 18 holes. To put everything into context, the course at Hankley Common occupies 164 acres, but the club actually owns more than 850 acres of perfect heathland. Don’t let this feeling of space lull you into a false sense of security – this is not the place to open your shoulders and let rip. Anything slightly off-line will be swallowed up by bunkers, or even worse, by the thick tangled heather.

Eight new back tees are now in play, adding more than 250 extra yards. Hankley Common now measures an impressive 6,702 yards from the tips. This is a really technically testing golf course. Regional Qualifying for the Open has been held at Hankley Common since 1984 and the club has hosted numerous other important amateur and professional events over the years.

The par threes, especially the 7th and the 11th are enjoyable and challenging, as are the opening and closing holes. Both are tough par fours, measuring well over 400 yards.

So, if you are looking for a memorable, testing and expansive golf course with true greens, look no further than Hankley Common.

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Description: There is an overwhelming feeling of spaciousness at Hankley Common, so much so that it seems plausible that a second or third course could be intertwined between the existing 18 holes. Rating: 8.4 out of 10 Reviews: 57
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Andy
Very nice indeed….of all of the 5-ball rankings I have given courses, this is one of the closest to a 6-ball so far. This is a great course, a great club and has so much going for it – plus a warm welcome is evident from start to finish for visitors. The opening holes are very pleasing on the eye; the 1st tee is perfectly placed just 30 yards from the pro-shop and 30 yards from the clubhouse and is a cracking par-4 of around 420 yards. The 2nd is the shortest par-3 on the course and like many holes is en-circled by mature trees. A tip on the 3rd , use the purple tee with great consideration – it adds 80 yards to this par-4! The position of the 4th green completes a circle back to the clubhouse from the start of the round, which is a nice touch especially if you fancy a second bacon roll! The course starts to open out from the 5th, a straight away par-4 and then the first par-5 at the 6th which is pretty tough, with the second half of the hole all uphill. The run of four holes from the 10th move away from the tree-lined avenues to the open part of the heath, here you can see the huge amount of land that the course is part of – super holes. Back into the trees at the 14th to start a great set of finishing holes. A short par-4 at the 15th is a very clever hole, about 320 yards that turns left but slopes to the right – it is all about the position off of the tee here. The last two holes cover about 850 yards (both par-4’s) and if you need a par par finish, good luck as the course will give you nothing – the 17th is similar to the 15th but longer and the 18th has a fairly long approach over some wasteland just short of the green. I recommend a visit to Hankley Common highly and I am still considering why I cannot go to a 6-ball ranking – if I am being picky, then maybe one more par-5 on the back 9; there certainly is plenty of land for it...
August 08, 2012
8 / 10
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Mark
I played Hankley Common in glorious sunshire (which always leads to a better review than playing it in pouring rain!) on Wednesday. The members and staff were all very welcoming and the course was fantastic. There is really not a weak hole and the conditioning is excellent. Personal favorites were: the 3rd, just for the new back tee. The par 3 7th is a beautiful looking hole and the stretch from 10 through to 13 are super tough and great to play. As previous reviews have mentioned the course is spread over a vast area and this gives you the feeling that you have the course to yourself even on a moderately busy day. If I were restricted to only playing Hankley for the rest of my golfing life I would be a very happy hacker...
May 25, 2012
8 / 10
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Simon Prestcote
Agree with last review - it's a real gem. One of the most tranquil courses in the south east. There can be no nicer inland golf setting than the 7th tee on a sunny evening. Visited again this week, and the layout is just as good as I remember. The condition of the greens was moderate, but then we have had considerable rain in the last 4 weeks. However each hole is memorable in it's own way, with my pick of the bunch being 6, 7, 13 & 14. Well worth a visit if in the area and stands up well against the more lauded courses in the county. Also a less stuffy atmoshphere than some others in the area.
May 03, 2012
10 / 10
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Stephen Sumpton
I have played Hankley on a golf trip for the last 4 years, and personnelly think the rating is too low.you will play this course once and remember every hole. Set in 900 acres of land and only 5mile from the A3,you would think you are on the Ilse of Skye.an absolute must for the bucket list and do not count the cost, it's worth every penny.
August 23, 2011
10 / 10
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steve a
This course was imaculate, a tough test and a joy to play. I have played 10 or so courses in the top 100 and it is worthy of its current ranking. It is covered in thick heather,fast true greens and contrary to the previous reports the bunkers I went in had plenty of sand and were in top condition. I would find it hard to pick fault.
August 11, 2011
10 / 10
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Darren
Good... and could be great. I played in the Mid-Age Amateur Open last week and although the heathland setting is majestic, I couldn’t help feeling a tad disappointed. Let’s start with the good points: the quality of the heather surely must be the best in the UK and the course itself is a great test especially off the purple tees – particularly 3, 10 and 12; a lovely variety of holes with 7 and 18 being outstanding; the welcome in the clubhouse was very warm - excellent food and friendly staff. And yet... the greens were not up to what I expect for this type of course, not nearly as good as I remember them and certainly nowhere near Top 100 standard; the bunkers were in a dreadful state, some had a few inches of sand, others had hardly any. Overall, Hankley is a delight... but it could be so much better.
July 13, 2011
6 / 10
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Peter O'Donnell
I’m a huge fan of Hankley Common. It’s a great layout by Braid/Colt and in a beautiful heathland setting. We played in June and to my surprise the greens were not in great nick – very patchy and bumpy and with an inconsistent bounce. The course has been tinkered with a bit, new bunkers looked odd and some artificial humps here and there, which looked out of character with the course. Some areas -especially the tees - had more of a manicured parkland feel to it, rather than heathland. Warm welcome from everyone and food was very good. Still a great layout, shame about the greens.
June 13, 2011
6 / 10
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Ivan
Played in March on abright breesey day. A very emnjoyable heathland course, designed by Harry Colt it has many of his vavioured features manly the ablity to run the ball into greens which makes it playable to all handicap levels.
July 27, 2010
8 / 10
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davemwheeler
Hankley Common is an excellent course. Attractive, challenging, excellently maintained. We had a thoroughly enjoyable round, spoilt only by the incredibly rude pair of duffers who were in front of us.Completely unable to keep up with the four balls in front, they forced us to wait countless times while they looked for their balls in the heather. I have also seen glaciers move quicker, and as for showing respect for other players who are putting, forget it!I would guess that they added 30 - 45 minutes to our round.Clearly, etiquette is something that is not required from the male members of the club (the ladies behind us who were also forced to wait were the very epitome of charm and grace - gentlemen of Hankley, learn from them!)All in all, a great course, but if our experience is anything to go by, make sure you book a tee time when there are no male members playing.
July 05, 2010
8 / 10
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max king
Played on a blustery early May day for the first time and was left feeling that whilst its a very nice course i think the ranking of 22nd in England is a bit on the high side. A nice start with a tough Par 4 (especially into the wind) but after the first couple of holes i'm struggling to remeber many until you get to the final 6 or 7. Things get better on the final stretch and my playing companions and I all agreed that the back nine was a lot stronger then the front with a couple of lovely par 4s and a strong finishing hole. The par 3s are pretty good but I don't agree with a previous reviewers comments that they're the best collection of Par 3s he's ever seen. Just go down the road to Liphook and they have better Par3s, plus the greens at Liphook knock spots of those at Hankley. Overall its a nice track but not great. Max
May 04, 2010
6 / 10
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McCall
July 21, 2010
The greens at Liphook are good but have you tried the fairways recently?