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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Robert Smith
Played here for the first time earlier this week and absolutey loved it. I had heard a rumour somewhere that the greens weren't up to their usual standard, but have to be honest they were some of the nicest I have putted on this season. Fast and true. The par 3's here are all different in nature, and if you play them well, and keep out of the heather (of which there is plenty!) you will score well. The heather here really is penal and I managed to stay out of it for the first 8 holes, but on the 9th I pulled my drive badly. Just missing a bunker it looked like I was lucky (from the tee). Unfortunately when I found my ball buried in the thick stuff, I was now wishing I had found the sand. My old course (Crowborough Beacon) had a little heather on it, but I can't ever remember it being this thick! Three attempts to extracate myself, a chip and missed putt saw me record my first N/R of the day. Shame that, because I was putting a good card together! Two more visits to the thick stuff (17 & 18) saw me tumbling down the leaderboard very quickly. The whole course was in splendid condition though, superb tees, carpet-like fairways and as I say, the greens were top notch. The welcome afforded us in the clubhouse was first rate too. The starter (can't remember his name now!) was very helpful and gave us "newbies" to the course some good advice and a few hints and tips. The food in the clubhouse was some of the best I have had at a golf club. All in all a memorable visit, and I will certainly return to play again....but only 18 next time.
August 27, 2009
8 / 10
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josh
Good but not great. Fantastic peice of ground and not a bad layout, but i really came away thinking the green complexes and bunkering were pretty poor when compared to what they could be. Not an interesting green on the entire courseNice but not a patch on the potential of the land they have available.
July 02, 2009
6 / 10
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Olly Lewin
I played twice in one day recently and have say - it is beautiful.The start is so-so but once you turn away from the club house, stunning holes come one after the other. There's a fantastic range of long par 4s but I thought the collection of 3s are possibly the best I have ever played.A surprisingly warm welcome and a fantastic greens await!
October 31, 2008
8 / 10
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GARETH
What a pleasure this course is. My expectations were set high before playing here and at the end of the day having played the course twice nearly all of those were exceeded. It really a superb example of Heathland golf in the UK of the highest order and a very enjoyable place to spend time. The heather was more benign this year than is usual so the course wasn't playing as penal as I'm sure it could. The members and staff are welcoming and obviously proud of the club/set up they have-and rightly so. Would recommend anyone looking at Sunningdale/The Berkshire/Swinley Forest to have a round here and see how it compares to those great courses as well.
October 01, 2008
10 / 10
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Michael Phillips
I am very lucky to have joined this course recently and pursued membership here over Walton Heath, Worplesdon and other top London area golf courses. The overall golfing experience is the best I have had in the region. Although it is not as tough a test as Walton the course is difficult but fair and a joy to play. Every hole has it's own character, the course is in great order, the members and staff are friendly and welcoming but the biggest draw for me is the incredible heathland setting, the magnificance of the surrounding area and the abundance of wildlife allows true escapsism from the bustle of London.
July 25, 2008
10 / 10
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simon smith
Played here last week and the course was in great condition. I was fortunate to play from the purple tees in a competition so i played the course at it's max length. Needless to say the course won !!. The heather can be brutal so keep it straight and you will enjoy it more. Similar to Walton Heath but each hole isolated from the next by trees or masses of gorse. The greens were quick and very difficult to read. Simply a great test of golf in a very nice location. Enjoy !!
July 07, 2008
8 / 10
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Stuart
Tricky to think of land more suited to golf than this - absolutly stunning. And the course is very special indeed. The openess and lack of trees really makes the place - magnificant conduition and endless interest. Possibly suffers from slightly dull greens, and a few of the holes might be seen as a little too straight given the amount of land available to them, but splitting hairs here. So while not quite a Sunningdale, St George's Hill or Swinley Forest, it is certainly up there with the Berkshire.
July 03, 2008
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
Cracking course that seems hidden away. Great mixture of holes with the highlights being the par 3's. Electric fast greens that run extremely true. Heather as far as the eye can see, much more here than its more famous Surrey neighbours such as St George's Hill and the 3 W's. Room here for at least another 18 holes!! Great food and a friendly welcome, would love to come back again.
June 03, 2008
8 / 10
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Oliver Khan
Play in John Ling Trophy for London Scottish against hankley Common - wonderful day despite loosing 3-2. Superb greens and wonderful views- unfortunately the tension of the day detracted from my enjoyment of the course - but on reflection it was very good. Also lovely clubhouse and staff.
May 20, 2008
10 / 10
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Ted
Superbly conditioned course set in a vast heath, Gorse and heather abound here if you stray from the fairway. The front 9 is a little easier than the superb back 9 - highlights are - par 3's - 7th, 11th and 16th, Par 4's - 10th, 14th and 18th, Par 5's - 6th and 13th. Very welcoming clubhouse and excellent catering, I look forward to returning soon.
April 02, 2008
10 / 10
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