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Hampshire Golf

Hampshire has some of the finest courses in the country. From The links style courses on the south coast to the rolling parkland courses of the South Downs, there is something for everyone. Each year many come to the south to play its courses and this year has seen even more flock to Hampshire as many decide not to go abroad on a golfing break.
The Marriott at Meon Valley is one of the more upmarket golf complexes to indulge in a golfing holiday or short break.

With its beautiful country setting it hosts an 18 hole championship course and the 9 hole Valley course. If you get the chance to play the championship course it is well worth it, but there are many other great courses in the vicinity such as the Quindell complex in Fareham.

Old Thorns Manor Hotel, Golf & Country Estate is one of the up and coming golf hotel complexes in Hampshire. With its 18 hole, Peter Alliss designed course it is a great test in golfing ability. The course is built on rolling hills and carves its way through a great many trees. If that’s not enough to ensure you lose a few balls there is always the threat of the 7 large water hazards to keep you on your toes. The complex is currently undergoing some renovation work and there is quite a bit going on. I will write back with further developments when the complex is finished (due to be near the end of 2010).

Right next to Old Thorns lies one of the best assets to Hampshire golf. Liphook Golf club is one of the oldest in the area at just over 85 years old and one of the best. It was recently ranked 67th in the UK on the most recent Golf Monthly survey. Liphook is a very nice mix of parkland setting with many trees and heather but lightning fast links style greens that I think are among the best in the country.

When visiting the area many people use specific golfing agents such as Golf Breaks or Your Golf Travel. These can be a very good option as they will generally have some form of deal with the hotels and courses you wish to stay and play at so that your package can come out cheaper than if you did it all separately. However, if you are looking to personalise your trip it can be more effective to look at each part separately to get exactly what you want. Remember that these agents who sort out the holidays for you are looking for the best deal for themselves too so if you have your heart set on a particular course it can be better to do it all yourself.

I have lived in Hampshire for over 10 years now and I love all the courses that I have played. Be they good or less good there is always something great to take away, one good hole or a great view or even the atmosphere at the 19th hole. It all adds up to some Hampshire golf magic.

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