What Are The Best Golf Courses In South England?
October 5, 2017
We have previously spoken about what the best golf courses that the UK has to offer but lets face it - we can't all gallivant round the UK every weekend for the best course!
With that in mind, we have divided up the country and seeing what regions best courses are like. First up (and the home of JollyBrolly), the South of England.
The Oxfordshire Golf Club
An american styled styled golf club which has been open since 1993. It features a downhill par five dogleg right to left 17th curving around a huge lake to a tiny green. The course is build to high specification as a tournament course and with spectators in mind, it hosted B & H international Open from1996-1999. It plays 7,200 yards off the back tees, embraces four man made lakes and also contains around 100 bunkers. The formidable 390-yard dogleg eight is memorable as the green sits on an island peninsula guarded by an oak tree. The course is basically flat and treeless but the greens are quilty.
Parkstone Golf Club
One of the finest courses on the South Coast and currently ranked in the top 100 golf courses in Great Britain. Measuring over 6,000 yards, par 72 demands keeping the ball straight or the penalty is a large amount of heather. Scots pines are a feature of a lovely course that offers glimpses of the surrounding including Poole Harbour. It has some excellent holes but is horribly penal in many places. The course is very visually appealing and three of the final five holes are a par three. The 17th a delightful drop hole and the 18th requiring a 200 yard tee-shop over a valley to a gree that is difficult to hold in front of the newly renovated clubhouse.
Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa
The golf course at Bicester Hotel, Golf and Spa was built in 1973, formerly names the Chesterton Golf Club. Complemented by 11 lakes strategically places around the course, providing a challenge to every kind of player whatever their abilities. There are also several new look holes that will impress all those who are re-visiting and all new-corners.
The 10 bay driving range has the most to date artificial grass and is positioned from a raised teeing area. The Bicester Golf Shop has a full range of golfing equipment and added in 2015 was their 19th Hole golfers and members bar. Ideal for Society dining with great views of the patio and golf course.
North Hants Golf Club
North Hands is your classic Hampshire-Surrey border course tucked among pine and Silver birch trees. Used as a regional qualifier for the Open and home of the hampshire Hog and Hampshire Rose. The present 6,500 yard lay out was designed in 1904 by James Braid and reshaped later on. The original clubhouse was replaced in 2004 before the clubs centenary. Lengthy par fours add to the difficulty of the par 70 course with a large greens.
Swinley Forest Golf Club
A sweeping Drive from an Elevated first tee to the very left of the clubhouse is the start of one of the golf;s more memorable rounds through an exceptional Surrey Heathland Course. Tranquil, exclusive with a few member and fewer golfers which is intended so the course remains in immaculate condition all year round no matter what time of year. It is a truly picturesque venue especially in Spring when it comes to life with colour. The course has perfectly manicured fairways, fast greens, five excellent short par threes that bring all the clubs out of the bag. Playing at the Swinley Forest is a great golfing experience for those lucky enough to be invited.
The Grove - Herefordshire
The Grove is a 7,152, par 72 championship course earned international recognition by hosting the Amex World Championship in 2006. Approached by a long drive will be greeted with an exclusive and expensive golfing experience. Built to a USGA specification, with ultra fast creeping bent grass greens, plenty of elevation changes, walkable with slopes, ridges and mounds, meticulous maintained with great views.
Remedy Oak - Dorset
Remedy Oak offers the opportunity to be amongst the 400 exclusive members to play potentially one the finest and luxurious courses in the South. Located in Dorset the classic championship golf course nestles within 256 acres of ancient woodland with conditions as close to perfect as they could be all year round.