10 reviews of New Forest Golf Club
For me this is a real golfers golf course. By that I don't mean that you have to be a great player to enjoy it, you just have to be appreciative of well designed holes which don't rely on artificial hazards and sheer length as a defence. I play off 8 and visited with my Dad who can't break 100 these days (he actually might have today) but for both of us it was a joy. It does have wide open fairways by necessity but also has some tight approaches where a bit of knowledge of bump-and-run seaside golf can come in very handy. Because of its setting it's always going to be a bit ragged around the edges but if you can accept that the odd putt might bobble slightly you'll have a very worthwhile experience. Very amiable atmosphere (this sort of course is unlikely to attract golf idiots I suppose!) and somewhere I look forward to visiting again.
Hi, played the course last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. Visit regularly and it was a shame the greens were damaged last year but they seem to be recovering well. I spoke to the guy in the shop and he was telling me that they are unable to re turf the greens as the course is in a special protection area and everything must be natural to the area (I know there is a lot of info on the club website about SSSi and other stuff that means nothing to me). Always worth a visit as it is 'unique' and very friendly and welcoming, even gave us a free cup of coffee and beer. Par 3's can be tough and first 10 holes are over 3500 yards off the whites, but the last 8 are shorter and you can score well on them if you are a straight hitter. Good value if you are playing outside peak times which seem to vary, we played just after 12 at £99 for a 4 ball, with free coffee and we got our first beer free as well to make up for the greens not being at their usual standard (probably won't get that next time)
The New Forest club is a long established heathland/common land course with the added natural natural hazards of the New Forest ponies, and their leftovers (!). With so many controls put on it by the New Forest Verderers, it has never been a top notch club, but has always been a delightful place to play with a good variety of holes, although playing in winter can de a drudgery, especially after a lot of rain. However, at the moment (late 2008) some prat of a greenkeeper has managed to kill every blade of grass on the greens with a wrong mix of weedkiller, so in effect they are well and truly dead. It would be wise therefore not to visit until well into 2009 as the greens in truth are browns.
This won't be the toughest time you'll ever have on a golf course, but it's not a bad place to play if you're in the area.
There aren't too many holes that will test the low handicappers, and I think that middle to high HC players will probably enjoy playing here more.
The greens were in a decent condition, and the fairways were okay too, but the bunkers were a little on the rough side. Maybe it's my own fault for going in them though!
It's also the first time ever I've had to decide whether to try and clear the ponies and cattle when picking my club. Fortunately those were hazards I managed to avoid.
Overall it was an okay place to play, but I wouldn't suggest travelling too far for the experience.
Played here on April 1st and thre were 17 temporary greens in operation, so you're best advised to check this out prior to arranging a round.
This obviously made a big difference to the course, and two of the holes are actually closed at the moment. These are the 8th and 9th at the bottom of the course, and to be honest it looked pretty desperate - it was like walking on a muddy football pitch and you wonder whether they will ever really recover.
It's obviously not the clubs fault about the weather, and this obviously makses a big impression on my views of it, but even so it didn't appear to me too much of an inspiring track.
However, putting on temporary greens with holes the size of steering wheels certainly makes your putting stats look good!
Great course; wide open fairways, some interesting holes, including a mammoth par 5 early on... Would echo the remarks about the condition of the fairways and greens: fairways are fairly typical of public commonland courses, but the greens are well kept. This course's main feature is the range of wild animals you'll encounter -- never before have I had to shoo away a pair of donkeys from a tee area!! Also, plenty of New Forest horses add to the scenery.
Overall: good value, entertaining course which I recommend to anyone, and certainly enjoyable for mid to high handicappers like me!
It is a shortish course but very enjoyable and a bargain at £12. There are ponies roaming around which add to the extrenticities of the course. The greens were in good condition and a pleasure to putt on. All in all a great holiday course to be enjoyed whilst not taking life too seriously.
We played this course on monday 19/5/03
After reading comments on the club page we went there with open minds !
we were very pleased with the course yes its a short course but some times makes it harder to play we had a bit of trouble with horses and cattle but that was ok and they were there before us anyway weather was ok and greens played very well!
first time to the new forest and will be going back next year to play the course again its a shame we live 3 hours away
If you go to lyndhurst GC have fun
again many thanks s.davis & d.light
At £12.00 per round, you get what you pay for! If you like beautifully manicured courses, then this isnt for you. The fairways are really strips of worm casts, and the bunkers have little sand, and what is there is heavily compacted. The greens are not too bad at all, apart from the hoof prints from the New Forest ponies (theres a local rule allowing relief!). Its a short course, but with some difficult holes including a 475 yd par 4 (up-hill) and a 250 yd par 3. All in all, pretty good value for the price.
Scenic and testing heathland course in the heart of the New Forest. Dates back to 1888. Enclosed on three sides by Forest, so watch out for the New Forest Ponies who are free to roam ! Forest animals in abundance so winter rules apply throughout year. Par fives are a feature. Tight lies are a test. Excellent greens. Minimal rough but gorse and dense forest punish bad shots. Friendly club with usual amenities and helpful club shop. A pleasant day out.
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