Liphook - Hampshire - England

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


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  • 1 mile S of Liphook

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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.

A recent major course renovation was undertaken by Mackenzie & Ebert.

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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: 7.9 out of 10 Reviews: 28
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i have only been on this course once but it was amazing all of the holes where well looked after and there where lots of hard holes the club house and its members where very nice. i would like to play there again very good course.
June 18, 2010
8 / 10
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Keith Baxter
Played Liphook recently for the first time and was pleasantly impressed with the course but not my playing ability which was sadly out of tune. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my round immensely and would play here again in an instant. The members are incredibly friendly, if a little too posh for my general karma, with the club atmosphere as a whole feeling pleasant and relaxed. Now, off to the course. Firstly, the greens were in exceptional condition and very tough to read. I found myself looking at the line, hitting the putt and then scratching my head on numerous occasions. Secondly, the par threes are quite exquisite, may are set proudly with deep shaggy bunkers cut into their faces with fierce run offs all around… I can’t think of a better and more aesthetically pleasing collection of par threes on any of the many courses I’ve played on this illustrious southwest London sandbelt. Thirdly, as others have mentioned, the par fives are too short for their relative stroke indexes… by all means leave them as short par fives, but don’t give the low handicapper the gift of an easy win, especially on the closing hole which is a 462-yard par five (from the tips) with a SI of 6. Moving on, the routing is very clever considering you skirt the railway and crisscross roads here and there to separate parcels of land. I think the designer should take a posthumous bow, not only for the routing, but also for the strategy, for which I was ill prepared on the day. I must concur with an earlier reviewer regarding the 9th hole but not so much for the blindness of the approach shot but for my desire to erase the carbuncle of an electricity pylon, which is an unfortunate blemish on the nose of an otherwise beautiful golf course.
June 08, 2010
8 / 10
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Tony
September 26, 2012
SI are for match play golf, nothing else, they are not an indication of how tough a golf hole is, the SI 1, 2, 3, 4 etc are evenly balanced throughout the round so the shots given don't all come within a few holes of each other. I think it is much fairer for both golfers that the higher handicapper gets a shot on the longer holes where the golfer is more likely to miss hit a shot. Par 3's generally play tougher to par than par 5's, regardless of length, but you very rarely see par3's as SI 1, 2, 3 etc.
Carl Tushingham
Received the warmest of welcome's here, particulary from the club secretary who even came out to the car park after are round to enquire if we enjoyed our round and how it compared to other courses of this stature, nice touch indeed. As for the golf course, as other reviewers have stated the par 5's are a little short, yet they have low SI's, but this does help your score!! This course is a challenge though as it has many +400yard par 4's and some tough little par 3's. The best stretch of holes for me is 12-16, the pick being the beautiful 13th. Some of the best greens i've putted on and this was in January, the fairways were very good too. I think its ranking is about right, just below its neighbouring course Hindhead. Play here if you can, super course and a welcome to match. Highly recommended.
January 22, 2009
8 / 10
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nigel haines
March 04, 2009
two of us play this course everyyear as a treat your views are spot on unfortuntly their greenfees for a day ticket our out of our reach for 2009
Andy
A warm welcome awaits at Liphook and this is a very enjoyable course to play. Earlier reviews use the words pretty, short, quaint and hospitable - are all are quite correct. I played in March and obviously the course will look less than perfect in the early months but I had a great time and will return in June to see the perfect conditions. Only one hole for me felt a little strange and that was the par-4 9th – the approach to the green is blind even for the longest of hitters and that brings in just too much luck for me, maybe after playing it a few times it gets easier. The final four holes are great fun to play, especially the 15th and 16th. Again, similar to other comments the par-5’s are maybe a touch short but that is only a minor point to a very good golf course. The team at Liphook are working hard to maintain and improve things further, which is great to see … just one request from me…the 10th green is crying out for a bunker front right.
March 29, 2008
8 / 10
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JessStiles
May 16, 2009
As concerns the approach to the 9th green being "blind", Tom Simpson (who constructed "simpson's Folly" at the front left of the green) said that a shot is only blind if one has not played the hole before or if one does not have a caddy.
Stuart Freeman
I have been amember at Liphook for over 15 years, and it has never been in better condition than at present: shaping the fairways by letting a light growth of rough develop has really improved the look and challenge of this excellent course. It may be short by todays standards but it has a lovely balance of Par 3's, with a long 1st; short 3rd and medium iron 7th, 11th and 17th. The use of the land is clever and allows a challenge of placement without the overuse of bunkers. Of the Par 5's, only the 13th is a real challenge (but what a beauty!) and perhaps the course would be better with the 5th reduced to a Par 4 and the 6th extended to a Par 5 but even so the course can bite back at any time. I would not give up my membership for anything - even though I now live too far away to play regularly and not far enough away to be a country member!! If you've never played here, please come and give us a try.
October 09, 2007
8 / 10
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Ian
October 12, 2007
Must agree, played Liphook in a club match in July and loved it. Greens were some of the best i've played on ever! Other than my own course (New Zealand) this has been my favourite of the year.
I have played many times at Liphook and never found it easy. A decepive start with a par three and then the course gets better and better. For the high handicap golfer it is a good and fair test with every club in the bad required. Very friendly members and a hospitable culb house.
August 30, 2005
8 / 10
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Hugh
Liphook is a really pretty and exceptionally challenging heathland track that requires a great deal of thought to score well and of course you’ll need to keep out of that heather! The greens are excellent, some of the best and fastest I’ve ever putted on and the course was in great nick each time I played here. It’s a really tough start and if you can hang it together for the first four holes than there’s a real possibility to card a good score. No question this is an underrated course and for me it’s up there with the best in this neck of the woods. A real gem and it should be ranked higher in my view. Nigel H.
April 27, 2005
8 / 10
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Steve Searle
Quaint and picturesque with the ability to suddenly jump up and bite when you least expect it. True, it isn't a long course, however, the shorter of the Par 4's like the 2nd, 8th, 14th,15th and 16th make you position the tee shot instead of 'slashing' at it with the driver; strategy is the winner on these holes.The Par 3's are sublime. The 3rd, 7th and 11th are well designed and protected. The down sides with Liphook I feel is the Par 5's, which with a slight amount of work could be made to be special without detracting from the overall feel of the course. Perhaps a brook in front of the 5th green and the 18th could be made tougher with more bunkering if you lay up with your 2nd. But perhaps I am being too fussy; afterall the 13th is a belter! Also, the cast of Watership Down appear to have absconded to Liphook and started to scratch and scrape around some greens! Work seems to be in operation to resolve this. One little tip if you like a challenge! Try and sneak onto the back tee of the Par 4 4th and play the hole from there. The hole is fantastic and the view worth a look. In these days of the 7,400 yard championship course it is nice to always re-visit Liphook and play golf in a lovely setting. The members are also very welcoming which adds to the appeal.
September 07, 2004
6 / 10
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