A pleasant down land course that is generally very well conditioned with lovely springy fairway turf all year round. It has some very good holes. I love the stretch from 7 to 10 although some people find the par 5 10th a bit silly with a green perched up on a shelf well above the end of the fairway and with a very slopey green that is hard to putt on when the greens get quick. The 13th is a lovely 450 yard downhill par 4 hitting into a valley that plays shorter than it's yardage - take a lot less club than you think for the approach to the green. The 18th is also an especially enjoyable finishing shortish par 4, again driving into a valley and where the approach to the correct tier on a 3 tier green is key to reducing the risk of a 3 putt. Some nice views to be had also from the higher parts of the course. The club house balcony is a lovely place to sit on a Summer afternoon after your round. Unfortunately pace of play can be slow here and the members are not good at playing faster groups through in my experience. The club has a relatively large membership which makes it very busy a lot of the time also. I would happily play it again (at a quiet time). I enjoyed the course and the club and it's definitely much better than most other more highly rated clubs in the winter as the chalk based turf drains so well. It has a good argument for being in the race for the title of best course in Winchester although Hockley and South Winchester have their strong points also.
Date: May 22, 2019