North Hants - Hampshire - England

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


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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 6,565 yards from the tips. 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.

Donald Steel's protégé Tom Mackenzie redesigned the par five 3rd hole in 2019, allowing it to be split into two holes when required, 3a and 3b. This was done to facilitate planned work by the local water authority which would result in the 15th hole being taken out of action for a period of time.

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: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 24
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Cédric
I wish Justin Rose were there celebrating his US Open victory at his home club while I was there! Played this course recently along with the 3 Ws and I must say that this course would fully deserve a higher ranking. I think it is a much better course than Worpelsdon. West Hill is prettier but the overall quality of the golf holes is actually better at North Hants. Of the 3 other courses I played during that same period, only Woking beats it. You'll also find one of the most friendly pro shop ever! Cédric
June 21, 2013
8 / 10
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Brian Ward
This lovely course is situated on the same stretch of undulating sandy heathland occupied by many of Surrey’s more famous venues. This was my first visit to North Hants and I found the course in great condition, particularly the greens which were excellent for the time of year. The Hampshire Hog had been played here a few days prior and it was obvious to see that the course had been well prepared for the event. Although not the longest of tracks there are a still a good number of long par 4’s and I found the course far from easy. The shorter holes tend to be well defended with some tricky greens and well positioned bunkers. On the front nine I loved the long 3rd where you must avoid the lilly pond and a tall pine tree in front of the green. The pretty dogleg right downhill 6th was another of my favourites and a couple of young deer standing by the green as I approached added to the feel good factor that this course undoubtedly has. On the back nine I particularly enjoyed the run from the 14th onwards, the 17th being a genuine risk and reward hole with its unusually shaped green. I know that some do not think much of the new clubhouse but I thought that it looked pretty good walking up the 18th fairway. I took advantage of the bargain £30 twilight rate (from 4.30pm). For a course of such quality this must be one of the best deals around. BrianW
April 28, 2013
8 / 10
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Sam Mendoza
In my opinion, this course should be ranked so much higher! Played here 2 days after the Hampshire Hog and the course was in amazing condition! The greens were frighteningly quick and were made tougher by the flags remaining unchanged from one of the biggest amateur events in the UK. The course has a great selection of holes with imaginative par 3s 4s and 5s and coupled by the hospitality received, you will not be dissapointed. I often compare course such as this to West Sussex and this is another prime example that either highlights that West Sussex is seriously overrated, or that this and Hindhead are seriously underrated. North Hants offers so much more than West Sussex!
April 24, 2012
8 / 10
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ADRIAN FOSTER
I have been lucky enough to have played this lovely course each year in May with a society and what a great day we have,the welcome we get is fab the staff & members are most welcoming nothing is to much trouble.The course is always in tip top shape & the work they have done over the last few years is showing up very well i know it's not the longest coures but what it might lack in length it more than makes up for in charm and thinking your way around is a must if you want to post a good score here.the 8th which is a par 3 is a great short hole as are the 9th & 18th both require a good tee shot and both greens are framed well with the club house in the back ground. If i live close by i'd be more than happy to be a member here a real treat if you love the game of golf on a gem of a coures
April 13, 2010
8 / 10
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Keith Baxter

North Hants is a course I’ve been meaning to play for years and I recently played here. One word immediately comes to mind. Charming. It’s not the longest course on paper but it didn’t play short for me and the finishing handful of holes are a stern challenge. With pleasant elevation changes and a programme of tree clearance which is successfully encouraging the heather to return, North Hants narrowly misses a 5-ball rating from me, but only just. It’s almost as good as the three W’s and has a touch of Walton Heath and West Sussex about it. A fantastic new clubhouse, good practice facilities and more heather will surely see North Hants become more widely recognised as one of the sandbelts many very good courses.

June 16, 2009
7 / 10
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Beryl Elizabeth Baker
November 29, 2009
So pleased you enjoyed playing at North Hants Golf Club New Look website is being launched in December 09 with golf day packages and new menus. New and exciting changes to the Pro-shop and facilities. Look forward to seeing you again.
Carl Tushingham
A lovely course that you need to think your way around. The greens are very tricky as it is to find some of the tight fairways from the tee. Little known course with a lot of character, play it if you get the chance.
June 02, 2008
8 / 10
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JH
This course is a 'hidden gem'. The card will tell you that the course is not long but you will need every club in the bag. A wonderful collection of strong par 4s, long par 3s, and one par 5 on each 9. The 3rd is particularly memorable. The 5th and 12th are not bettered anywhere. This course must rate in UK top 100.
November 05, 2007
10 / 10
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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 28, 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 23, 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 25, 2005
6 / 10
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