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.

New "Purple" back tees are now in play, pushing Hankley's yardage to a lengthy and testing 6,909 yards from the tips. 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: 58
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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!
Heath
What is there to say about this golf course that hasn't been said? It is just fantastic and the most attractive and lovely looking course I've ever visited. The condition is second to none, especially the greens and tee boxes. In my view this is better golfing experience than Walton Heath, it is so quiet and offers all the shots. Courses like this are so few and far between that they should be allowed to be enjoyed by more people other than members and their guests. Go play this one.
April 24, 2006
10 / 10
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Heath
I agree with most other comments made. This golf course is just gorgeous, it oozes quality, history and class. The design is fantastic and the turf, greens, and all round condition are up there with the best in England for sure... How on earth this isn't rated in your list as a top 40 course I will never know?! Perhaps you need to review your algorithim somewhat? A magical Heathland trek.
January 24, 2006
10 / 10
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oneildunne
A really good test of golf which uses most of the clubs in your bag. I have played this course quite a few times and it has always been in very good condition. The tee boxes are the best I have come across and the feeling of space whilst surrounded by miles of purple heather make this a visual treat. And at around £50 for a midweek green fee it is good value for money. Couldn't fault the course but perhaps the people in the clubhouse could be a bit more friendly to non-members. A real heathland treat and should be in the top 50 at least.
January 12, 2006
8 / 10
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In spite of the rain this was a magnificent experience.The section of holes around the turn are particularly good and the bunkering is generally beautiful.Not sure if I agree with fairway watering mind.Still well worth a visit
September 21, 2005
8 / 10
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Steve Searle
Superbly designed with some excellent holes. Hankley Common provided a friendly welcome(always nice) and the new clubhouse and facilities were good. The course itself races off to a difficult start at the 1st. The course then settles down with some shortish Par 4's, these however are no walkovers as the greens are tricky. The course really gets going from the 6th. Some holes are tight in places and finding the fairway is a must. The condition of the course was very good, especially the greens. Overall, I found this a good test of golf and very enjoyable.
June 01, 2005
8 / 10
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Hugh
Played Hankley in August and the course was in amazing condition. It’s located in a gorgeous spot, secluded and tranquil. It certainly compares favourably with the very best of the numerous heathland courses in this area (Sunningdale, Wentworth, Walton Heath The Berkshire etc). If you’ve got a natural draw, then this is the course for you - many of the holes are shaped from right to left. It is great Hankley also represents great value for money in an area of England that is notorious for its high green fees. And for a pleasant change, the members and the staff are actually welcoming…it’s no wonder this course is well regarded, but surely it should be higher in these rankings?
January 17, 2005
8 / 10
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Billy
Almost as good as Walton Heath (Old) but Walton does the best lunch south of Muirfield! Hankley Common is a heathland delight, providing you can keep out of that heather. Could play this course for the rest of my life.
March 31, 2004
8 / 10
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