Liphook - Hampshire - England

Liphook Golf Club,
Wheatsheaf Enclosure,
Liphook,
Hants,
GU30 7EH,
England


  • +44 (0) 1428 723785

  • Golf Club Website

  • 1 mile S of Liphook

  • Contact in advance – not Tue or competition days

  • John Douglass

  • Arthur Croome

  • Ian Mowbray

Liphook is as pretty as a picture and one of the earliest examples of strategic design. This delightful, classic heathland course spans Hampshire and Sussex’s county boundaries - it's a course for the connoisseur, not for the dilettante.

The club was founded in 1922. A teacher called Arthur Croome (a partner in the architectural firm of Fowler, Abercromby, Simpson and Croome) designed the course, his one and only. “He did it wonderfully well,” wrote Bernard Darwin in Golf Between Two Wars, “all the better perhaps because he had not much money to do it with and must rely as far as possible on kindly Nature.”

According to the club's history, Tom Simpson joined Liphook Golf Club and became "Master of the Green" and he was later responsible for a number of course revisions.

By today’s standards, Liphook is relatively short, measuring less than 6,200 yards, but with a lowly par of 70. Playing to handicap is another matter. The heather, pine and birch place a premium on line rather than length.

The sandy ground is wonderfully undulating with natural depressions and elevations and, in some ways, the terrain is reminiscent (if a little less dramatic) to that at nearby Hindhead, where there is another charming and understated golf course.

Andrew Horton commented: “You quote Darwin as liking the 2nd, a short hole, but he is describing the 11th I think. The course used to begin at the 10th when the adjacent pub was the clubhouse, so I imagine he played it at that time. Similarly when he talks about the 5th, I think he is describing the current 13th.”

Liphook starts unusually with a par three. “For sheer beauty I think I like best the second hole,” wrote Darwin, “a short one with its knowing little bunkers waiting by the fringe of the green and its clump of dark trees keeping watch and ward behind. The fifth, too, is picturesque with its big golden bunker and its stream.”

Bunkers are audacious, characterised not only at the 5th, but also at the 6th and 11th. The prettiest holes and probably the best sequence of holes is the trio from the 12th to the 14th. If we had to pick a favourite hole, we would plump for the 14th, a short par four doglegging to the right where a bold drive will leave a short pitch to the green, and a good birdie opportunity will be on offer following a well-positioned drive.

Liphook is a classy golf course which does everything well, but in an understated way. A charming course with friendly members – the perfect venue for golf.

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Description: Liphook Golf Club is as pretty as a picture. A delightful, classic heathland course for the connoisseur, not for the dilettante. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 23

There’s no denying that Liphook is a very fine golf course, 18 holes played over beautiful undulating heathland with fairways that wander through mature woodland.

It has some interesting green complexes, superb putting surfaces, fine bunkering and is a lovely place to play golf.

That all said, something just didn’t quite click for me here and I came away a little underwhelmed.

I know of many others who won’t agree with this sentiment and they sing Liphook’s praises to the hilt. I liked it very much but didn’t love it like I thought I might. Perhaps it just didn’t suit my eye.

Or maybe it was my high expectations, of a course that features favourably in all the various rankings, that wasn’t quite met. There are certainly some excellent holes at Liphook but the highs weren’t quite as high as I anticipated, or indeed had hoped for.

I played it on the same day as nearby Blackmoor and contrary to popular opinion I found its near neighbour to be superior, albeit slightly, in most departments. It’s personal opinion of course and a second playing of each venue may well change my perspective but for now I can only write about my initial experience.

Maybe Liphook saves the best for last because the 18th is a real cracker with a blind drive and lovely looking approach. It’s a modest par five at just 462 yards and will allow many golfers to finish on a high note.

I strongly suspect I will return to Liphook for another look. Fingers crossed it’s a grower!

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

4 / 6
Liphook
May 15, 2017


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Quality course, deserving of being at the very top of the county listings. You will probably not play faster greens anywhere than they get them here, the course is a delight, except for the busy road which punches through the site and which you have to cross twice. It is difficult to find much wrong with the layout although personally, I do not think holes 15 and 16 are up with the rest of the course as they seem to have been "squeezed" in whereas you do not feel that anywhere else on this wonderful layout. A must play if you find yourself in the area.

5 / 6
Liphook
May 10, 2017


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Booked to play Liphook while we were staying at nearby Champneys. Perfect golfing weather an i was asked if i wanted to join 2 members and another player. What a fantastic group of people, all playing at a good level. As for the course, absolutely fantastic. It is one of the best courses i have played, the condition of it for april was superb, the greens were a pleasure to play on. i was told that it is built on sand and playable all year and you could tell. They are making some changes, which in my opinion are not needed but i understand why. managed to birdie the fantastic par 3 which is always nice after being told how hard it is. Lots of very challenging holes, all of which offer something different. Thanks Roy and Phil, i'll be back asap.

6 / 6
Liphook
April 07, 2017


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Played 10 March on a drizzly day ! Having played the 3 best of Dorset heathland courses in the last week, the defining difference is the quality of Liphook's greens. They were true and still had good pace. Really enjoyed the course and unlike a number of courses that I've played as a 1 ball, a number of groups of 2 and 3 let me through so I was able to get round in just over 2 hours. Absolutely loved the course. Standout holes in my opinion were 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 17. Weakest holes were 15 &16, although still decent. Overall and excellent golf course

5 / 6
Liphook
March 10, 2017


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Played it this week and found it an excellent golf course. You have to navigate get it properly or pay the price. The course was in excellent condition and the greens were lighting.They were also receptive to approach shots. The club and its members were very welcoming and this is definitely up there with all the great courses in this area.

5 / 6
Liphook
June 12, 2016


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Well worth a visit. Don't be fooled by the par of 70. Not easy to score round here,though the fairways are pretty generous the greens are well protected by undulations and gorse lined bunkers. Not as spectacular as Hindhead's front nine but as an overall 18 holes we thought it was a better course. Played Wednesday after 2 days of heavy rain but still firmish under foot. Will definitely be back soon.
5 / 6
Liphook
October 08, 2015


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If, like me, your criteria for a ‘must play’ course is that it must be presented in pristine condition, offer plenty of variety and have some of the best greens around then look no further - Liphook is simply a wonderful place to play golf!Granted, Liphook hasn’t got an abundance of yardage but I really don’t think it needs it. To score well you must be creative around the greens and have a deft touch. Furthermore, as I have already said the greens are wonderful. They are quick, true and undulating in places. It is the greens that offer Liphook it’s defence – they can make you look very silly at times. I just never tire of playing golf here. I love many of the par 3’s - especially the 3rd, 7th and 12th holes. Whilst not long they are all presented beautifully with strategically placed bunkers and subtle changes in elevation. Liphook also has some tremendous par 4’s and 5’s. I particularly like the lovely panoramic view from the white tee on the 4th – a particularly strong par 4 where your tee shot has to avoid heather left or right. The par 5 13th is another great hole requiring accuracy from the tee and plenty of decision making on whether to attempt to go for the green in two or where to put your lay up. If you haven’t played at Liphook before then you are missing out. Take the time to play at this wonderful venue – believe me, you won’t regret it.Steve Searle
5 / 6
Liphook
September 09, 2015


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The first stop on our Hampshire/ Surrey border tour brings us to Liphook, the others being Hindhead, Hankley Common and Blackmoor. On balance these courses offer the best value/quality ratio in the whole of the British Isles for a golf tour and if you throw in a bonus trip to Hayling for a spot of Links Golf you have the makings of the best Golf trip money can buy in these Isles. Mercurial, Pretty and demanding on all facets of your game Liphook is a thrilling day out. The greens here have been some of the best in the country now for the last few years. This track is maintained with skill and palpable passion. Liphook Golf Course - Photo by reviewerToday was no exception. The greens run very fast and very true. The gently undulating contours of the land and heather fringed fairways are framed by majestic pines. The bunkering is sublime. You will not be out of breath navigating the course but more than once Liphook can take your breath away. It is a fair test of golf this. Liphook offers the chance to exercise your decision making skills and course plotting strategy as well as launch a few bombs. The gung ho may take on a few more improbable shots in places but the sage advice is to hit it where you can see it, where possible, and err on the side of caution where you can’t. The par 5’s lack length but are penal if you venture far from the fairways. A well earned four if you negotiate these green complexes successfully. They are very pretty and invite you to attack. But beware, danger lurks for the mis-struck shot. The par 4’s offer a blend between the need for length and the need for accuracy and patience. It is always important to understand which side of the pin you leave your ball. On the 17th, I would raise the tee to see a smaller putting surface than there is currently, maybe adding a bunker or two but otherwise the par 3’s are a picture post card delight. Just make sure you warm up on the excellent putting greens and hit some balls before you take on the first hole, a 200 yard delight straight out of the box. You will enjoy the variety of Liphook most of all and only once you have played it will you know how good it really is. JCB LAY
5 / 6
Liphook
July 27, 2015


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A few points I'd like to mention following a recent visit, unfortunately under the rain for most of the round. A little quirky to have a par 3 as the opening hole, a decent one but not the best par 3 on the property. The stretch 2-14 is really very good, all very pleasing holes. The last 4 holes on the other hand are really quite poor. And 15th follows one of the most dangerous road crossing I've ever encountered! When will clubs decide to build bridges to avoid possible disasters? I'd never let my kids play their junior golf there...Very good greens and overall condition. Too bad the last 4 holes let the course down...
4 / 6
Liphook
September 20, 2013


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Stuart
February 25, 2015
I played all my junior golf at Liphook when the road was much busier than now!! The course is excellent (agree 15 and 16 are not the best, but 17 is a lovely par 3). Would the course be better without the road - of course! But take your time and it's really not that big a deal!
I visited Liphook again this week and found it to be in excellent condition from tee to Green. I've been lucky enough to play here occasionaly over 20 odd years and it is always in superb condition and a great pleasure to return. My guests were delighted. Several holes have new tees which are generous in Size and snooker table flat. Depending on which tee you choose and the pin locations Liphook can be either a benign and very enjoyable stroll through Mature Pine and heather or a fierce test of your golfing mettle. If you have not played here then you should. It is a real joy. The perfect club for a society day, a day trip from London or link it up with Hankley Common and Hindhead whilst staying at Old Thorns which has a very nice parkland layout too, for the perfect 3 day break one hour from London and 30 minutes from the delights of the South coast. Don't take my word for it. Read below! JCB Lay
5 / 6
Liphook
June 14, 2013


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