Stoneham - Hampshire - England

Stoneham Golf Club,
Monks Wood Close,
Bassett,
Southampton,
Hampshire,
SO16 3TT,
England


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Stoneham Golf Club is a Willie Park Junior course built in 1908 on lovely piece of land that was formerly the old deer park. The hills take the player on a continuous rollercoaster, which leaves the player guessing which way he will be aiming next. The routing is most unusual in that the front nine rings the property counter clockwise and the back nine essentially works clockwise inside the front nine loop with a few back and forths to add variety. The effect of the routing leaves the player gauging the shifting wind on nearly every hole and is very reminiscent of Muirfield though I believe the unique Stoneham routing predates Muirfield’s loop within a loop design.

The strength of Stoneham is the two shotters. All ten provide interest and fun. The best of which are 4, 11, 13 & 15. The 13th is most unusual because the player faces a blind drive (due to the hills there are many obscured view tee shots) and a sea of trees in the distance. There is no obvious place to aim, but the player is aided with the knowledge that a good strike, which manages to find the right line, can reach the putting surface of this 273-yard hole. However, there is the difficulty of a very narrow green and wonderfully placed bunker to the right of the green. This crafty little hole is a marvellous example of how to defend a course at the green.

The par fives are also strong. With the longest being 516 yards from the medal markers all are reachable, but play longer than the card suggests. Additionally, there is an element of risk/reward on all five three shotters. The 14th is perhaps the finest example. The tee shot is downhill and moves left to right. A good drive allows the player the opportunity to go for this green in two, but the fairway is uphill, moves severely left to right over humpty bumpty land and finishes in a hollow which leaves a blind approach. One needs to keep well left and use the contours, but there is a hidden bunker on the corner about 25 yards short of the green. Finding this hazard leaves an awkward length bunker shot to a green which moves away from the player. It’s difficult to find a more satisfying par five in which the land is used so expertly.

Stoneham is every bit as good as many of the well known Surrey courses and one gets the impression that being located in Southampton has kept this club a hidden gem. Golfers who admire a clever routing and great use of the terrain should be beating the door down for a game at Stoneham.

Above article was contributed by Sean Arble.
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Description: Designed by Willie Park Junior in 1908, Stoneham Golf Club is set in a delightful, historical deer park which was originally planted by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Rating: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 16
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Carl Tushingham
Playing with a member or a course planner is advisable here as there are many blind tee shots. The course is very hilly, with most of it seemingly uphill!! This doesn't detract from what is a excellent golf course that will challenge you. Stand out holes for me were the 4th a long downhill par 4 with a blind tee shot, the 9th a wonderful elevated tee shot to a narrow raised fairway and the 11th another blind tee shot followed by an approach shot to a raised green that you simply have to hit or your be in trouble! Expect a friendly welcome here and a course you will want to visit again. I was lucky enough to follow Matt Le Tissier around here and got to chat to him on just about every tee, he and his playing partners giving us the line on the blind tee shots, many thanks for that!
December 14, 2011
8 / 10
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Matthew Adams
Stoneham is a charming, undulating parkland layout, reminiscent of the Addington, including the occasional raised wooden walkway to cross a ravine. Indeed the stark undulations make many of the fairways and greens feel like real edge of the world stuff. The first hole offers a gentle introduction, giving little clue of the elevation changes to come from the 3rd and epic 4th hole onwards. The overall sub 6,000 yardage (from the yellows) is not excessive but the course provides enough challenge with chances to score well. When playing the 227 yard par 3 7th into a slight breeze you realize the course has enough defence. The 18th is a sub 500 yard par 5 but is uphill all the way making it challenge enough when playing to its smallish green. Players who favour accuracy over power will enjoy the course although the big hitters will find ample opportunities to attack. With blind shots mercifully rare the first time player should not be too disadvantaged. The aesthetics are wonderful throughout and the conditioning is very good in the main with only the 5th suffering from a lack of light due to tall trees. I only wish I had remembered my camera to capture some more concrete reminders of an excellent golfing day out. Stoneham is a fantastic course which I would recommend to all, and one which would be worthy of any future rise in its ranking.
December 01, 2011
8 / 10
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Dan Hare
Just played last weekend and had a great time. Very enjoyable course with a variety of challenges and in very good condition. Would have enjoyed even more if I hadn't hit my driver on the downhill semi-blind 3rd ! Never found the ball. Strokesaver recommended. One tip for society visitors - we played for the first time as a 24 strong society (hcaps 2 - 24 !) and the rough and trees meant quite a slow round - apologies for anyone behind us. we were later told that the club play their comps as 3-balls ! That said a very nice welcome for our society and terrace to drink on whilst watching the tail end charlies slog up the 18th hill, and a very nice pint of Adnams to finish. Would definitely go back.
June 10, 2009
8 / 10
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sam
How this isn't in the top 100 I don't know. Too many blind tee shots for my liking but the course and condition reminds me of sunningdale and other heather belt courses. Greens were stunningly kept and really tricky, they were what kept me from shooting under par. Definately worth a trip!!
August 15, 2008
8 / 10
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Toby
A fantastic course and great value at £55 for a days golf. A warm welcome from the club pro and members which is a rarity these days. Played this course after serious rain and the conditions were immaculate, a must for all those that have played and enjoyed the likes of Hindhead, Liphook, Blackmoor etc.
July 11, 2008
10 / 10
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Hugh
First let’s get the negatives of Stoneham out of the way. The course is close to the M3 and M27 so the motorway noise can be a bit of a problem when the wind is in the wrong direction… but let’s face it, that’s no fault of the club as it was here long before the roads were built! The course itself is a bit of a hybrid mix of parkland and heathland which plays across some fantastic ground with wonderful flowing elevation changes. You can get some tricky sloping lies here which make approach shots tough. Having said that, it’s not the most challenging course in the world but it will appeal to golfers of all levels. The collection of par 3s are really strong and can wreck your card but all the holes are varied and entertaining. The home run up the hill to the clubhouse makes for a thirsty palate on a hot day… mmm, can taste the beer now!
May 14, 2008
6 / 10
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