The golf course at Stoneham was opened in 1908 with a match between J.H. Taylor and James Braid, two great names of the era, having been designed by Willie Park Junior. Park’s portfolio includes Sunningdale’s Old Course, but Stoneham is among his less well known successes.
Stoneham has in the past held high profile events including the European Tour’s Dunlop Masters, but at 6,392 yards, it is considered too short by today’s standards. Against a standard scratch of 70, Stoneham remains a stern test, and with a set of holes whose character varies drastically throughout, there is never a dull moment.
Set in charming surroundings, Stoneham is one of the south coast’s real gems, and is an essential part of any golf tour in the Southampton and Bournemouth area.