|With stunning views over Salisbury Plain, High Post Golf Club – founded in 1922 – is an intriguing downland golf course that is named after the site of an ancient gallows-pole. Five-time Open champion J.H.Taylor, in collaboration with Fred Hawtree, laid out the course and it’s one of more than a dozen courses designed by this successful partnership during the 1920s.|
Nowadays, the course measures a modest 6,305 yards from the tips. With only two par fives on the card, both appearing on the front nine at holes 2 and 6, the par is set at 70. The four par threes all feature well-bunkered greens and the longest of these short holes, the 183-yard 17th, has the added difficulty of playing to a semi-blind putting surface.Peter Alliss is a big fan of High Post and his favourite hole - one that is said to have made his 18-hole dream course - is the 384-yard 9th, a handsome par four that sets off with a downhill drive to a fairway which then bends slightly right towards a back to front sloping green.
The most notable feature of the course at High Post is the grassy mounds and hollows that surround some of the greens and also run alongside the occasional fairway. This is my overriding memory from last Friday morning when I played here in lovely autumn sunshine.
The condition of the course (especially the greens) was good, but sadly many tees and fairways were scarred by the seasonal leatherjacket problem instigated by birds and then exacerbated by badgers. Who’d have thought that daddy-long-legs could cause such heartache for greenkeepers?
Far reaching views over Salisbury Plain are countered somewhat by the busy A345 that borders the course.
A handful of good holes make High Post a venue worth visiting. The sweeping dogleg right 9th and the closing 18th are my picks, both of which are strong par fours. The routing is also clever in that there’s elevation change with easy walking and the turf is excellent and fast running.
High Post is a good members’ club that’s clearly very popular locally but the course didn’t get my golfing juices flowing as much as I hoped it would.