Tylney Park is a pretty Parkland course played across 200 acres of the Hampshire countryside, in the quaint village of Rotherwick.
Tylney is no pushover and can play over 7000 yards off the tips and often requires players to shape shots from the tee. The greens are some of the trickiest in the region. They can undulate heavily and where they don’t, they have subtle breaks that test even the regulars.
There are plenty of strong holes to keep your interest. The first is an excellent opening Par 5, favouring a strong draw from the tee. If you can’t shape your drive here, you are left with a very tough approach through a narrow entrance to a huge green, avoiding a pond on the left and a short greenside bunker on the right. Find the putting surface and a two putt is by no means guaranteed, as the green contours wickedly.
Other holes of note are the pretty Par 3 13th, played over water into a bunker guarded green and the Par 3 17th which plays uphill to a green with a huge swell in the middle. The course can really play mind games with it’s opponent here and it plays every yard of it’s distance. Club up on this hole.
If you are wayward off the tee, Tylney bites. The rough is extremely penal, sometimes overly so. Someone who plots their way round this course will score well and driver is often not the answer.
Overall it’s a good test of golf and requires most clubs in your bag. Visitors will not be wowed by the clubhouse or practice facilities, but get out on the course and you will find a track that is no pushover and offers a lot of charm. It grows on you!
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Date: May 19, 2021