Just a quick note about our weekend at Old Thorns. We had fantastic weather and a fabulous course. Staff at the hotel were very attentive and looked after us very well. Food was also very good. So, all in all, a great weekend.
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Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Golf & Country Estate is tucked away in 400 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside.
It is one of southern England’s most picturesque country-house-style hotels, and offers luxury accommodation, relaxing health spa facilities, fantastic cuisine and an outstanding 18-hole championship golf course, designed by the BBC’s ‘voice of golf’ and the club president, Peter Alliss.
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Old Thorns Golf Club
Peter Allis has laid his masterful design at Old Thorns across the rolling hills of the North Hampshire countryside and the result couldn’t be more spectacular. Boasting stunning views at every turn, the course will test golfers of all abilities. Fairways are lined by mature woodland which places an emphasis on accuracy from the tee while golfers will also have to contend with natural springs, lakes and strategically placed bunkers; not to mention the breathtaking elevation changes on a number of holes, most notably the par 4 5th which is played from a dramatically elevated tee.
The par-72 course has an illustrious history, as in 1982 its official inauguration saw Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Isao Aoki and the then reigning Open champion, Bill Rogers, play a competitive four ball. Aoki won with a round of 69 and all four scorecards can still be viewed today in the Sports Bar entrance. A round at Old Thorns then, will see you walking in the footsteps of the game’s greatest players.
Par: 72 (Men), 73 (Ladies)
Designed by: Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas
Opened for play: 1982
White: 6,461 yards, SSS 71
Yellow: 6,016 yards, SSS 69
Ladies: 5,380 yards, SSS 72
Signature hole- No. 5: Par 4, 357 yards, SI 14
From the elevated tee, Old Thorns' 5th hole gives spectacular views over the beautiful Hampshire Countryside. However, there is a much greater reason for the hole's signature hole status. The par 4 also provides much in the way of risk reward and at 357 yards from the tee, it is tempting to drive the green. Though, with a narrow fairway this may stir a thought in your mind as to whether to play a safe iron down the fairway. A magnificent hole, leaving a great feeling of anticipation before a shot is even played!
The Old Thorns Hotel offers a fantastic array of accommodation options to the travelling golfer. From superior and executive guestrooms for one to family rooms and apartments for large groups there is something for everyone and no matter what you opt for you can be assured stylish decoration, top class furnishings and modern conveniences that will ensure the highest levels of comfort. All rooms are fully equipped with flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and an en-suite bathroom including complimentary luxury toiletries.
Dining options at Old Thorns Manor are extensive and guests will be treated to top class gastronomic delights no matter the occasion. Whether it’s an intimate meal in a private dining room or a relaxing bite to eat in the vibrant and popular sports bar there is something for everyone and no matter the choice you make. For those in search of a drink or two following a round of golf, the Sports Bar has the perfect pub atmosphere while a more sophisticated atmosphere can be found at The Atrium Champagne & Cocktail Bar.
After a round of golf on the stunning championship golf course why not head to the Old Thorns Health Club & Spa where you can wash away the stresses and strains of everyday life. Facilities including a steam room, sauna and indoor swimming pool will ensure you enjoy the benefits of gentle exercise and relaxation while those looking for a more robust workout can make use of the fully equipped gym. If you would like to book a treatment in the spa, it is strongly advised that you call prior to arrival to avoid any disappointment.
- Golf Buggies
- Driving Range
- Steam Room
- Indoor Swimming Pool
- Family Rooms
- Private Dining
- Conference Facilities
Just to let you know that we had a fantastic stay at Old Thorns. The hotel is extremely comfortable, the food and the golf is first class. We will definitely be going back. Many thanks for your help in booking the break. Kind regards,
We had a great golf break to Old Thorns last weekend. The golf course was in excellent condition and everyone was very impressed. This was our first "away tour" and we intend to make it an annual event. Organising the break was made very easy with your knowledge, expertise and invaluable assistance. We will have no hesitation in using your services again in the future. Many thanks,
We made our second 2 day visit to Old Thorns in six months which undoubtedly suggests we were more than happy with the venue. Old Thorns is a challenging course with no two holes alike set in beautiful parkland, we had a number of seasoned golfers none of which found the test an easy one. A golf buggy is recommended for those that are less than fit, but don't be put off it's a great course and we found the condition of the fairways and greens in excellent order in October and April, you will enjoy the experience.
The rooms are five star standard, I believe they have recently been upgraded, excellent decor, flat screen TV in every room with complimentary tea & coffee, it's a pity you don't spend much time in the room? The restaurant is superbly situated overlooking the 1st & 18th green, nice ambience and excellent service, all my party was delighted with the breakfast and 2 course evening meal that was included. We are considering a third visit later in the year? Best regards,
May I compliment Your Golf Travel for the ease of organisation (considering half the party were from America). The contact and arrangements at each of the golf courses was second to none and everyone had a great time. My thanks and compliments also to Old Thorns, the food and service was as good as ever and the course was in great condition. Regards,
I have just returned from a weekend golf break at Old Thorns Manor with the girls and it was fantastic so I thought I would let you know the ins and outs of our golf trip.
The hotel at Old Thorns is great and the staff we very professional and always willing to help. An example of this was when they had made an error with our reservation time for dinner. To fix the problem they agreed to seat us at the time we had originally booked and then offered us a complimentary a la carte meal. The package we had booked entitled us to a meal from the carvery so to be able to order from the menu was a nice touch.
Our rooms were very comfortable and the whole hotel was generally a really nice place to be. It was quite warm at night and the hotel kindly provided us with fans for our rooms because of the lack of air conditioning.
The golf course was pretty tough compared with what we are used to but we really enjoyed it none the less. The handicaps were quite varied and everyone enjoyed the course which suggests it is playable for just about anyone. We would advise buggies as some of the inclines are quite difficult to negotiate if you are getting on a bit. The course was also in surprisingly good condition despite the bad weather prior to the trip.
All in all our golf holiday was a great success and we would all recommend Old Thorns for a weekend golf break and Your Golf Travel as the place to go for a great deal!
We recently went on a golf break to Old Thorns Manor and loved every minute of it.
The golf course was very enjoyable. Our group of four had a good spread in terms of handicap and we all loved the course which would suggest to us that it is playable yet challenging for all golfers. All of the holes were lovely but the really memorable holes were the 4th and the 16th. The overall condition of the course was superb and the greens were the best any of us had played on in years. To play a great course for such a reasonable amount of money represented outstanding value so a big thanks to Your Golf Travel!
The clubhouse was a great place to enjoy a refreshing drink after our rounds and boy did we need it! We were very lucky with the weather and were applying sun cream rather than donning our waterproofs! There were lots of TVs playing sport in the clubhouse and the food was of a high standard. The service was bordering on the slow side but we were in no rush so just had a couple more drinks than we were expecting!
The hotel was as good as the golf and our rooms were clean, well kept and very comfortable. Upon our arrival the staff let us know there was a suite available they kindly upgraded us. If we return for another golf holiday at Old Thorns we would happily pay for the upgrade after experiencing the suite first hand!
Overall we all rated the golf trip to Old Thorns as a 9 out of 10. This is the 7th year of our Golf Society and this Hotel and Golf course is the best one yet. We would recommend Old Thorns to all golfers and particularly societies as a must play. We will definitely be returning soon and will be booking with Your Golf Travel again as well.
We had previously visited Old Thorns on a golf trip last year and although we had enjoyed the golf course it was a little wet underfoot so we wanted another go at it in all its glory! We were blessed with perfect weather...very little wind - ideal conditions to play golf. The greens in particular were superb. They were true and lightning fast...very fun to putt on.
The accommodation, food and welcome were excellent. The drinks were expensive but just down the road there was an excellent country pub with a wide choice of real ales.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our second Old Thorns golf break visit and will certainly be coming back next year. The Sunday Special golf break package with two rounds of golf, dinner and bed and breakfast is fantastic value for money and, as always, booking with Your Golf Travel was easy and efficient. We'll be using YGT for future golf holidays for sure.
Our golf break to Old Thorns Manor was superb. We will certainly be using Your Golf Travel when we book our next golf break as we thought overall service was excellent and as far as value for money goes there is only one winner!
The hotel was excellent. The food in the Carvery was very good, and the room in the Peter Alliss suite was spacious and very comfortable. We enjoyed some time in the Spa and even booked a massage which set us up nicely for our second game of golf...it’s certainly something I could get used to!
We really enjoyed the golf course which was a formidable yet enjoyable challenge. We would suggest that some people may like a buggy as the course as it was quite heavy walking with some very steep climbs. The greens are excellent and the layout was stunning.
Fantastic venue and a fantastic golf break...10/10.
Thanks to Your Golf Travel for arranging our three day golf break at Old Thorns Hotel Golf & Country club. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by the hotel staff. Although we were too early to check in we were advised and shown where all the facilities were. Our group (8 couples) all met in the sports bar for a quick drink then off to the tee for our first round of golf.
What a spectacular course every hole was a delight and the views from the 4th green and 5th Tee are spectacular. Our only problem was the amount of semi rough around the greens which we are not used to at our club; we therefore had to practice our chipping instead of pitch and run. Also the ladies had a job carrying the rough to the fairway, but I am being ultra critical the course is fantastic.
Our rooms in the hotel were large, well furnished and very comfortable. Food in the restaurant was excellent; however on a personal basis I would have preferred a la carte service instead of the carvery in the evening. The gymnasium and swimming pool are superb and offer views over the golf course. Overall our group gave the venue 10 out of 10 and on all their behalf I would once again like to thank the staff at Your Golf Travel for arranging a wonderful weekend. I would certainly recommend them to all my friends.
This was our third stay at Old Thorns and as usual we had a really enjoyable time. It’s in a convenient location just off the A3 which makes it easy to get to.
The golf course is well maintained with many great views, interesting features and presented a stiff challenge to everyone in our mixed group of 2 men and 2 women (handicaps ranging from 17 to 36). We used our own trollies and felt we had had a good workout by the end of the day. Perhaps a buggy would be advisable for those who might struggle with the walk?
The hotel accommodation is superb. Clean, spacious rooms with tea and coffee making facilities, immaculate bathrooms, room safe, and although the hotel is a popular venue for weddings and parties, we did not experience any noise or disruption. We didn’t use the pool and saunas on this visit but have done so in the past and found them to be excellent.
There is a Starbucks on site which is great for coffees and snacks and the Sports Bar serves a range of sandwiches and bar meals. The buffet breakfast is extensive and very tasty. However the one weak spot is the evening meal which consists mainly of a carvery. This might suit groups of male golfers who come in ravenous after a day on the course but the choice for those who don’t eat meat is extremely limited – either a sad looking red onion and goats cheese filo tart or the tuna hot rock both at a £10 additional charge.
It ought to be possible to offer something like a piece of salmon instead of the meat at no additional cost.
That said we all thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay and
two rounds of golf and would recommend it to others. YGT as usual provided
excellent service and value for money – many thanks.
We were a group of 6 lady golfers, most of whom were playing Old Thorns for the first time. The golf course was beautiful, with wonderful mature trees, lakes of various sizes and some truly stunning views. It was in excellent condition too and we found the course to be challenging both technically and physically as it is quite spread out and both days we played the weather was quite sultry.
Some of our group used a buggy and found this to be a useful asset between holes (especially when negotiating the locally known ‘cardiac hill’ between the 2nd and 3rd).
The Pro shop had a good selection of equipment on offer. We were rather surprised to find that our tee time on the second day had been put back half an hour without any notification but in the end it didn’t matter as the starter was able to get us off pretty close to our original time.
The hotel was great; very quirky as if a magpie had been busy collecting all sorts of interesting furnishings! It was spacious and modern with a champagne bar, sports bar and numerous function rooms. It is a busy wedding venue but is large enough for golfers and wedding guests to co-exist without any problems.
The reception staff and restaurant staff were all very friendly and helpful. We had the carvery for dinner which was extensive and tasty and the kitchen was really helpful in providing vegetarian flans and gluten free rolls to go with the soup.
The rooms were clean, spacious and well-appointed and the bed was very comfortable. Our three rooms were all located together which was very nice. Breakfast was delicious too, with a large selection.
We didn’t all have enough time to use the swimming pool but the facilities looked wonderful and a couple of ladies from our group enjoyed spa treatments which were also very good.
We had a brilliant stay and plan to return for 2 nights the
next time. We would definitely recommend Old Thorns to
I would like to express my appreciation to the YGT team for once again providing a first class service to me and my colleagues having just returned from Old Thorns Manor.
Old Thorns easily lived up to our high expectations, providing us with a golf course that we found quite a challenge, with some of the holes literally taking your breath away. The view from the 5th tee was worth the trip alone and we found the greens true but very fast despite having a hailstorm on the first day.
The location of the venue is very easy to find being within a mile of the main A3 near Liphook, and the Hotel is all you would expect of such a high class establishment, with the rooms and food being of a high standard.
I would definitely recommend Old Thorns to anybody that was looking for a true test of golf along with top class accommodation.
We will definitely be contacting you again in the future to
book our next golf adventure.
We’ve just returned from our golf trip to Old Thorns on which we played the Downs Course at Goodwood too. What a fantastic two days we had!
The courses were in first class condition from tee to green and to top it off, the bar was awaiting us to watch Rory secure his first Open victory on home soil.
The organisation from beginning to end was first class and
we would have absolutely no hesitation in calling you again to book next year’s
The golf course at Old Thorns is excellent with lots of challenging holes. It’s extremely well kept and laid out but I would say higher handicapped golfers may find it tough.
The clubhouse and resort are excellent with a separate sports bar and a posh bar although the entire place is very friendly. There is an excellent gym, pool and spa and the accommodation was comfortable. Beer was expensive at £5.20 a pint though!
The hotel is excellent value for money and the staff couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. Out of 10 I would give the overall experience 9.
As for YGT, I couldn't recommend you more highly. This was
an easy booking, you’ve got polite staff and a late change was handled very
Although the greens were under repair when we played, the course at Old Thorns Manor was one of the best I've played and certainly felt like a Championship course. As a high handicapper I found it very difficult but with each hole presenting a new challenge and wonderful vista I didn't mind. My playing companion and I were therefore praising and cursing designer Peter Allis in equal measure!
The hotel itself boasted great facilities. The informal Sports Bar was perfect for an afternoon pint while the Champagne Bar was ideal for the evening. The leisure facilities were superb too and make this a good destination for a mixed party of golfers and non-golfers.
The staff were friendly but not as organised or attentive as you might expect from a 4-star hotel.
I booked last minute through Your Golf Travel who managed to
find a place which ticked all the boxes in no time at all. Great work.
My weekend away at Old Thorns with my son (I am a new golfer) could not have been any better. It’s a very impressive golf complex and golf course and I would not hesitate to go there again.
Food and hotel accommodation were also first class. When the time is convenient I will be booking up through yourgolftravel again.
Our gang of 12 from Barton on Sea GC booked our spring break for 2013 at Old Thorns again this year. We arrived on Monday 13th late morning and were greeted by Gemma and her team in the Sports Bar where we had tasty bar snacks to set us up for the afternoon round.
We registered at the Pro Shop and everything was already arranged by YGT regarding tee times, bag tags, cards etc and we set off in 3 x four ball groups. They seem to have let the fairways grow quite lush which is quite a change from our tight fairways by the coast. However the biggest disappointment was the fact that they had just dressed the greens. Most of us had difficulty getting the ball anywhere near the hole as there was such a lot of impedimenta. However the scenery was great as usual and there are some very beautiful and challenging holes on the course.
The hotel facilities were excellent, as was the evening carvery meal, as well as the buffet breakfast the next morning.
Due to the threat of rain we agreed to just play 9 holes on the Tuesday morning and then review our options. As it was the predicted band of rain swept in just as we were on or approaching the 9th hole so we called it a day, to save getting soaked and having a damp 75 minute drive home.
We retired to the Sports Bar again where Gemma organised our snacks and had the prize giving for the two days competitions.
Our golf break was good value even though most paid for the
single supplement but we were disappointed that the certain parts of the course
i.e. the greens were not great. I hope that the right mix of rain and
sunshine will help the course get back to its best in the next
My party of 9 were all well impressed with Old Thorns.
The golf course is a magnificent layout, with every hole very different and with manicured fairways and well kept bunkers. The greens were not good on the first day but were much better on the second/third days due to a light sanding.
Take lots of balls as there are water hazards everywhere!
The accommodation was first class and the food and wine were
really good. The beer wasn’t too expensive either.