North Hants - Hampshire - England

North Hants Golf Club,
Minley Road,
Fleet,
Hampshire,
GU51 1RF,
England


  • +44 (0) 1252 616443

  • Golf Club Website

  • 3 miles W of Farnborough

  • Welcome during the week, contact in advance

North Hants Golf Club is located at Fleet on the western edge of the glorious sand belt, which cuts through Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire. This delightful heathland course is set enchantingly amongst stately pines and silver birch trees and, naturally, heather and gorse abound.

The club was originally founded in 1904 and James Braid, the designer, described the course as, "most sporting and interesting". But the plans were ambitious: North Hants was to be more than just a golf club. This was one of the first projects to create an American-styled country club and the clubhouse provided excellent facilities, while high quality tennis courts and croquet lawns attracted Hampshire's high society.

In 1913, the course was re-shaped by Harry Colt for the princely sum of £25 and in the 1930s, Tom Simpson made further modifications. Sadly, the tennis and croquet sections of the North Hants Club did not survive the Second World War and the land formerly used for these sports was transformed into one of the country's first golf practice grounds.

Following Donald Steel's modifications to three holes in 2001, today's course now measures 6,472 yards. Although it's not the longest course, it does represent is a real challenge. Accuracy from the tee is an essential ingredient because most holes are set between avenues of trees and you'll need to find the correct part of the fairway to attack the generous but well-protected greens with your approach shot.

North Hants was used for Final Qualifying for the 2004 Women's British Open and the club also stages an annual amateur competition called the Hampshire Hog. Michael Bonallack won the inaugural 1957 event, but failed to defend his title the following year. 22 years later, in 1979, Bonallack returned to reclaim the title. Sandy Lyle and Gordon Brand Jnr. have also emerged as subsequent "Hog" winners.

Undoubtedly, North Hants has a fascinating history but it would be remiss of us not to mention the club's most famous son - Justin Rose. In 1995, at the tender age of fourteen, Rose won the Hampshire Hog with a record score of 134. When he turned professional in 1998, Rose was still a North Hants junior member and now, he's an Honorary Member. No doubt each and every club member follows his progress with great interest.

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Description: North Hants - home of Justin Rose. A delightful undulating heathland course, touched by the hands of numerous great architects. Rating: 7.8 out of 10 Reviews: 17
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Thomas
If golfers chose their courses simply by looking at the map, then North Hants would probably feature near the bottom of most lists. Wedged between the motorway and the rail line, its undesirable location is however misleading; the course itself is remarkably detached from the surrounding area and boasts a number of excellent holes against a sylvan backdrop. The best hole here is probably the par five third, which makes fine use of the course's only water hazard. The sixteenth is a fine uphill hole, and in the style of many great Scottish links, the adjacent railway seems only to add to the character of the hole. North Hants provides some fascinating greens, often very unusually shaped such as at the thin boomerang green of the seventeenth, and it is this which for me elevates the course above nearby Blackmoor, to which it is otherwise very similar. Sadly the clubhouse and carpark, whilst both spanking and spotless, seem to belong more to the characterless outside world of motorways and modern functionality than to the charming course. Indeed the best holes are all far away from this part of the property, fully liberated from its mundanity.HighHandicapMan
August 29, 2006
8 / 10
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Jim Huton
This is real gem. An old fashioned course with a balance of risk and reward holes; great 2 shot par fours; 2 longish par three's with a couple of great short par 3s thrown in.It is not long if you look at the card but you will need every club in the bag.The run in (16, 17 and 18) are as great a finishing stretch as you could wish to find and have the potential to ruin a good sore.
April 24, 2006
10 / 10
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W
This should surely be in the top ranked courses but possibly suffers from being on the edge of such a great stretch of heathland with some more illustrious near neighbours. Not long but certainly demanding and requiring a tactical approach this is a course that tests and in mid-summer is more akin to a fast-running classic links. There are a number of risk-reward options to consider including the excellent par5 3rd and short par4 4th and whilst not long, North Hants is certainly no pushover. The new clubhouse is a bit of a brute but the course is a gem!
October 26, 2005
6 / 10
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Carl Statham
I have played this course once a year every year for about 6 years and have watched the changes to the course. I personally love the new par 5 as I love the course. It is not up there with the Surrey greats but it is not far off. It once also boasted a lovely old fashioned club house, but it seems to have made way for a motorway service station. That asaide it is well worth a visit with real variety of holes.
October 22, 2005
6 / 10
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Goffy
What a wonderful course, just a short trip down the M3 and your on this beautifully kept heathland course set in idyllic tree lined surroundings. A mix of tricky short par 4's where position off the tee is absolute key and longer sweeping par 4's where 2 goods shots are needed to reach large, well protected and very true greens.An absolute must play course at a reasonable price, a gem indeed.
June 04, 2005
8 / 10
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Andy
What a great golfing experience. North Hants is very similar to some of it’s nearby Surrey heathland neighbours – but in my mind is better than most of them. A course of this quality not to have been ranked by Golf World or Monthly is amazing – this is a belter of a course and should oust some of the higher ranked courses immediately. The 3rd, 8th and 14th are my favourites but the whole way around you see quality golf holes around every corner. Get yourself down the M3 and play this 100 year old top draw course – impossible not to enjoy.
May 23, 2005
8 / 10
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Hugh
There must be some mistake, North Hants should be moved up the rankings immediately, it's a great heathland gem. The ground undulates beautifully and the turf is perfect. There's a few blind shots to contend with but this just adds to the overall experience. Play it before too many people get to know about this tree-lined delight. Hugh.
January 12, 2005
8 / 10
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