Hankley Common - Surrey - England

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


  • +44 (0) 1252 792493

  • Alex Woodward

  • James Braid, Harry Colt

  • Jonathan Didlick

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: 5.2 out of 6 Reviews: 54

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.
6 / 6
Hankley Common
October 01, 2008


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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.
6 / 6
Hankley Common
July 25, 2008


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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 !!
5 / 6
Hankley Common
July 07, 2008


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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.
5 / 6
Hankley Common
July 03, 2008


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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.
5 / 6
Hankley Common
June 03, 2008


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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.
6 / 6
Hankley Common
May 20, 2008


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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.
6 / 6
Hankley Common
April 02, 2008


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Hankley Common has something that many of the “heath” courses now lack : an expansive beautiful heath. The outstanding holes are 6, 7 and 18, the rest are good but don’t have the variety of the more famous heath courses in Surrey/Berkshire. Hankley lacks really exciting terrain and whereas a similar course like Walton Heath makes up for this with challenging bunker placement and interesting greens, Hankley Common doesn’t quite have these qualities It’s a very good course but Top 100 in England not in Britain and Ireland
4 / 6
Hankley Common
October 26, 2007


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A course on a great expansive heath, Sunningdale, Woking, The Berkshire etc. should take note on what a heathland course is supposed to look like i.e. more heather and less trees! Having written that, I’m surprised to see all those 6 ball reviews; most of the holes at Hankley don’t have nearly the strategic interest of the more famous heath courses and with the exception of the 7th, the green complexes are a bit plain, the bunker placement isn’t that interesting and the terrain doesn’t move much to make up for it. It’s a nice course but I think Hankley is more of a hidden gem than a Top 100 course.
4 / 6
Hankley Common
September 30, 2007


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Shahir Raja
October 01, 2007
Appreciated that golf course views are subjective, but to suggest that HC is not a top 100 course is pathetic and a joke! You clearly have no understanding of the game, and more importantly the architecture which defines a great course! I am passionate about HC because it is quite simply possibly the best heathland course there is. Your view reeks of little understanding of the course.
Chris
October 29, 2007
Instead of insulting the reviewer, why not argue specifically how the architecture at Hankley Common makes it a "great course". Stating "it is simply possibly the best heathland course there is" won't do.
Raindog
January 13, 2014
This review is spot on. Shahir, that was a very rude reply, please go and read some books on architecture or play some Colt and MacKenzie courses, you will learn a lot about proper challenging golf.
When the heather is in flower this is the most beautiful inland course in England. It is a cross between Walton Heath and Sunningdale or The Berkshire and it beats them all. I have played with 3 other widely travelled non-members in the last month and we were all most impressed. While the course is neither the longest nor the toughest test of golf it is very fair, with quick true greens and excellent bunkering...and the heather of course is a stunning and very effective hazard!
6 / 6
Hankley Common
September 10, 2007


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