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 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.