Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss designed the course at South Winchester Golf Club and it opened for play in 1993. Stretching out to 7,086 yards from the back tees and with numerous lakes in play, this is a stern test.
This is a big and bold course that’s definitely worth playing if you’re in the area. It’s tough and long but great fun with some brilliant holes in the mix.
1, 4 and 5 are all tough and long par 4s that you should be happy making par on (I love the drive on 5). 9 is tough with a downhill drive towards a lake, followed by a long uphill approach into a tiered green.
On the back 9, 14 is a good par 4 which doglegs to the right with a huge bunker short and left of the green which you don’t want to find yourself in. 15 is the best hole on the course and is a real treat. The drive is from an elevated tee and must carry as much of a lake as you dare to. Go too far left and your second will be blocked out by trees, go right and you’ll be wet. After negotiating the drive, you’ll have a mid to long iron over another large bunker into the green. A great hole.
18 is a little quirky - a massively downhill blind par 5 towards the green surrounded by a lake. Quirky but good fun.
This course exceeded expectations by quite a way, it looks good - the holes are well defined with large bunkers and long fescue grass throughout. It’s a long tough walk but I’d recommend visiting. Would be interested to see how this compares to the nearby Royal Winchester which must be laid across similar ground.