Liphook - Hampshire - England

Liphook Golf Club,
Wheatsheaf Enclosure,
GU30 7EH,

  • +44 (0) 1428 723785

  • Golf Club Website

  • 1 mile S of Liphook

  • Contact in advance – not Tue or competition days

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: 32
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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