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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paul turner
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
October 26, 2007
6 / 10
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paul turner
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.
September 30, 2007
6 / 10
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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.
AS
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!
September 10, 2007
10 / 10
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SR1
I was fortunate enough to play in a PGA Amateur event here recently. What an amazing test of golf this place is. You are challenged from the word get go with a gorgeous par 4 than reminds me of Pinehurst Number 2 in the USA. The course asks almost every question the sport has to offer you. The heather in bloom is simply stunning in August. Without a doubt this course rates as one of the best (if not the best) heathland courses there are in Surrey. Way better than St George's Hill, just more pleasing to the eye and a far superior test of Golf. If this was 20 miles closer to London (like St George's Hill) it would be rated right up there with Woodhall Spa for sure. The 7th hole (Par 3) is just sensational, quite possibly THE BEST par 3 in England.
August 16, 2007
10 / 10
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Raindog
January 13, 2014
This course does not challenge the players skill one bit, it just asks the golfer to hit a straight shot every hole, nothing else, there are no elevation shots, no bump and run shots,yes it is beautiful, and a true heathland course, unlike Ernie's new Wentworth, which is a slightly better version of The Belfry, but Hankley is in bad need of a golf architect, somebody who knows about challenging the golfer to hit shaped golf shots and the ability to control the ball to perfection, then it will challenge the best.
Hankley Common is a wonderful heathland course, but the debate amongst our fourball as to whether it is the best in surrey was split?? Thre are some great holes particuarly the 5th, 7th, 9th and much of the back nine, but it is a very flat course and therefore lacks the contours and elevation that you get with St George's Hill and Sunningdale. We were certainly not dissapointed and see the course as an excellent challenge with tight fairways and conditioned fast greens. For us though St George's Hill is the number 1 of all Heathland tracks.
July 13, 2007
8 / 10
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simon white
January 24, 2009
Hankley could never be the best in Surrey because of it's very tame start. The course doesn,t really start untill the fifth tee.
Alex
March 05, 2010
Simon, not sure when you last played the course, but I would urge a return. A new purple tee on the 3rd, opened in 2009, has taken the hole from the 3rd easiest to the 3rd hardest on the course. It's a great credit to the greenstaff and membership who have continued to work with the land to improve the golf course.
Kwei
Alongside Woodhall Spa, this for me is the very best Heathland Course in England. It has the length, it has the Colt and Braid feel, it has the tranquility, the purple heather (more than any other in the country), it has the turf, the greens, the condition, and it has the holes.... The 7th perhaps regarded as the best par 3 in GB?! Just go play there and ask yourself what is the "best kept secret in golf?"...
April 26, 2007
10 / 10
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Harvey
Played the course off the back purple tees on 9th March 2007. This course is in my opinion is better than Sunningdale New and on a par with Sunningdale Old. At 6,700 yards this is a very stiff test and you need to be off single figures to even contemplate playing off the purple tees. I absolutly loved this course, the greens were extemerly fast for March with a true even roll they were shaved down which surprised me in March. Goodness knows how good they must be in the summer! If you get the opportunity to play here seize it with both hands, absolutley a first class club and course....highly recommended.
March 11, 2007
10 / 10
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Fuzz
Simple, the best and most enjoyable heathland golf course to play... Almost, only slightly behind Woodhall Spa of course. Just amazing and a Colt / Braid CLASSIC. If you can afford to live in Surrey and you enjoy Golf you are one lucky lot. Magical place and gorgeous course.
January 10, 2007
10 / 10
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Bowlesie
It is at least 3 years since i last played Hankley and i am pleased to say it is on the up.Wonderful condition and a fantastic challenge.From the minute your starter directs your drive towards a green in the distance ,with heather in flower down both sides of the fairways, you know your playing a great course.The other most noticeable improvements are off the course gone is the old stuffiness.Its been replaced with cheerful smiling staff and great food.Played 36 and would have gone round again.DB
August 23, 2006
10 / 10
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Fran
"How about Wentworth?" asked David Kidd, architect of the revered Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Queenwood in Surrey, England, which is currently growing in. "Is that a better golf course than say Hankley Common which is just up the road in Farnham?" Kidd's comparison bears scrutiny: Wentworth was designed by Harry Colt in 1924 and Hankley Common by James Braid in 1896, though its redesign and new back nine in 1936 were overseen by, you guessed it, Harry Colt. Similar terrain, similar soil, same architect, same era. If a straw poll were taken anywhere outside the European golf industry, Wentworth would be recognised immediately, Hankley Common would not. However, ask an 'insider' which course they prefer, and Hankley Common would likely run away with it. "Maybe it's a case of 'fame for fame's sake," continued Kidd, "like a celebrity who appears on TV game shows so often that they become famous for being famous. Wentworth has hosted the World Match Play for donkey's years, and the Volvo PGA for almost as long. It's a hard course, it most definitely is a classic, whatever that might be. But from an architectural standpoint and from the point of view of variety and interest, Hankley Common wins by a knockout."
June 29, 2006
10 / 10
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Carl
June 25, 2007
Interesting point. Walton Heath wins it for me. Mainly I think because Walton is so distinctive. Wentworth West is a great course, but it is a championship course in a heathland area. Where as Walton is a heath with a championship course(or two) on it. If you understand my distinction?
pbt
September 30, 2007
Kidd hardly knows either course so his comments should be taken with a grain.
Shahir Raja
October 01, 2007
I think someone who has designed one of the best courses in the world in the last decade (Kidd @ Bandon Dunes) holds a little more weight than you my friend!