Last Updated: Sun 22 Sep
Surrounded by water on three sides, the Peter Alliss and Clive Clark designed Creek course offers a different challenge every time you play it. Three lakes increase the water quotient, creating some excellent feature holes, and the whole course drains superbly, making it playable all year round.
The Park Course, built in the grounds of the old hall, offers a somewhat different challenge with plenty of trees and undulating greens with tricky pin positions, makes playing 27 holes an absolute must.
The 4th is named ‘Prisoner’ and for good reason. An unnerving par 3 over water, it requires a well struck tee shot with a 160 yard carry to clear the lake. The less gung-ho golfer may choose to lay up but be careful not to overcook it and roll in down the slope. Two bunkers guard the green, one short left, the other back right, but once you’re on, pause for a moment to take in the stunning view over Fareham Creek.
‘Long Reach’ is the name of the 16th, which gives you a clue as to what it’s about. A 571 yard par 5, it requires a good, straight tee shot to get you under way, avoiding the creek on the right and the tree line on the left. The trees narrow in on both sides, demanding increasing accuracy with your second and third shots to the sloping green, which is protected by bunkers left and right. A par here will have you grinning like a Cheshire Cat.
The 18th, ‘Swan Lake’, is a 366 yard straight par 4, which brings you back to the clubhouse. The lake comes into play after about 270 yards and guards the front and left-hand side of the green, posing the question: are you brave enough to take it on with your second shot, requiring a well struck mid-iron to clear the water, or do you take the ‘safe’ option to the right of the green, where sand lies in wait?
“Walking in to the club house gives you the wow factor, the fairways are in pristine condition and the greens are undulating giving you plenty to think about” – D.F