Having only taken up golf in my mid-twenties and growing up opposite this course, North Hants was one of the first Top 100 golf courses I was introduced to. One of my close friends has been a member for many years, so over the past 10 years I have had the pleasure of playing North Hants on a number of occasions and despite the recent changes, there has been a few constants: the course has always been in good condition, you’re guaranteed a friendly welcome and it’s a lot of fun to play.
It isn’t the longest course at around 6,500 yards off the whites, but it is a stiff test. With only 2 Par 5’s, there aren’t too many straightforward holes and even the shorter Par 4s require accuracy off the tee, in order to attack the cleverly designed greens. Bunkers are used to excellent effect across the course and are well positioned to catch both wayward tee shots and inaccurate approaches.
Highlight holes for me are the new 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, 13th and 17th. In fact there are no real weak holes here, but equally I’d argue there are no stand out holes.
North Hants is a course fully deserving of its Top 100 ranking and should not be overlooked on the Hampshire/Surrey sand belt, but it does play second fiddle to some of its more esteemed neighbours, such as West Hill, Worplesdon & Woking. That said, you are guaranteed a fun round, a warm reception and a good test of golf.
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Date: September 25, 2020