I had the pleasure of playing Liphook in 2019 prior to its re-design and the delight of playing recently with the new layout in play. This really is a lovely golf course in fantastic condition.
The course opens with a medium/long par 3 but the real fun begins from the second tee where the heather starts to come in to play and influence your thinking off the tee, risk the heather right but keep as open a shot to the green as possible or play left and face a long approach over a large tree to the green.
Particular highlights for me were:
- the beautiful par 3 3rd, well bunkered to stop anything short or right,
- the dogleg sixth where the braver your drive over the heather the shorter and more enticing approach to the green,
- the par 5 7th (previously the 13th) where two firm strikes will get you up to a large green with a good birdie chance. For the shorter hitters or those in trouble off the tee the small stream 100y or so short provides a real second shot conundrum,
- New holes 8 and 9, par 3 and short dogleg par 4 fit in very well with the landscape in particular the par 3 eighth,
- The new 10th is a real challenge with a very narrow landing zone if electing a driver off the tee with water left and bunkers right. The green, with two distinct levels rewards second club shot selection.
- 14th, an uphill par four with a blind second shot. Aim slightly left of the marker post and anything short should funnel greenwards.
- 18th - a fantastic closing hole with the green just in reach for a well struck 3 iron to have a chance at birdie or better, a great conclusion to a tight matchplay competition.
All in a very fun, thoughtful and pleasant (on the eye) course that has been improved by the new layout. Weakest holes probably feel 'weak' due to the standard of many others however being picky these would be the first, fifth, eleventh and sixteenth.
I would be delighted to play Liphook every week.
Date: September 07, 2020