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!