Last Updated: Thu 12 Dec
Set out in two loops of nine over 200 acres of flattish, links style terrain, South Winchester is a relatively easy course to walk around and it drains superbly to allow for excellent playing conditions all year round.
When you want to work on your game, visit our eight-bay covered range, which has recently been refurbished with very good mats and balls. There’s a short game practice area, well maintained putting green and nets too and you’ll find all the gear and advice you need in our pro shop. If you don’t want to carry, we’ve got buggies and trolleys for hire, and when you come in from your round you can enjoy a nice hot shower in our comfortable locker rooms.
The 9th is the hardest hole on the course, a par 4 measuring 410 yards off the yellow tees. To reach the green in two, you need to take on a lake on the right of the fairway, which comes into play at 220 yards. Lay up short and your second shot uphill to the green will need to avoid the bunkers positioned 30 yards short. Hit your approach shot too long and you run the risk of flying out of bounds.
The 15th is South Winchester’s signature hole, a somewhat daunting 429 yard par 4. Tee off over a lake, steering clear of the right-hand side, which is out of bounds, and running downhill to a loan oak tree. Your second is as testing as it is picturesque, from high to low through an avenue of trees to a well-protected green. It’s a fair sized target if you can keep your approach shot straight, but beware the bunker at the front!
The 18th is a great hole to watch from the clubhouse, a 489 yard par 5 with a sharp dogleg left after 230 yards. You have the choice to play a sensible five or go for birdie with high risks attached. Try to cut the corner and you could land out of bounds. Survive that and you have the possibility of reaching the green in two from 200 yards – avoiding the lake that skirts the green and a bunker to the left
“A fine example of a golf course with all the fruits to bear. When walking the rolling hills of Hampshire, the sound of the birds for company as you sink a knee trembler of a putt. Pondering on woods or wedges and to finish off with a pint of ale, food to fill the belly. Yes South Winchester sparks a fire in the pro golfer and the amateur a like, sending you home with smile and a kiss to the wife.” – AH