Hankley Common

Hankley Common

Hankley Common Golf Club

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Hankley Common Golf Club was founded in December 1896, with the course opening just six months later. The original design of the course was just nine holes when the club was founded, more than 125 years ago.

A quarter of a century after the course was first opened, five-time Open Champion James Braid was brought in to design a new lay-out, extending Hankley Common to the 18-hole course that is played on to this day.

Harry Colt was also a man to have a hand in the design of Hankley Common. Colt was brought in to space the par-3s a bit better, and thanks to his new design, the 7th hole became one of the finest short holes in the country.

The course's surroundings are one of the key reasons why Hankley Common is such a sought-after round of golf for travellers to the region. Located in a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest' (SSSI), the heathland venue provides a glorious walk.

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A Brief History of Hankley Common Golf Club

December 1986 saw the foundation meeting to set up the Hankley Common Golf Club. Within six months, a nine-hole golf course had been designed and constructed, opening in May 1897.

James Braid, a five-time winner of the Open Championship, first visited the golf club in 1921, and within the space of three years, the course was extended to 18 holes, with the majority of the new holes forming the middle part of a round.

Nine years later, the club's committee asked Harry Colt to lengthen the golf course. They also asked him to balance the spacing of the par-3s on the course. Three new holes, which are now 10, 11 and 12, were opened in 1935.

The original clubhouse at Hankley Common was built a year after the course opened, and was used through to the start of the 1960s. The brand new clubhouse was erected in 1985, with that then being extended around the turn of the millennium.

Over the years, Hankley Common has played host to a number of prestigious events. Both the Men's and Boys Home International are among the list of tournaments that have been played at Hankley Common, with the Men's only taking place in 2021.

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Hankley Common is a great test of golf for players of all abilities, showing off its heathland qualities and charms. The Purple tees are the longest at Hankley Common. The Par 71 course measures almost 7,000 yards from the Purples.

The course begins with a demanding opener. At more than 420 yards, it is a strong par-4 to kick things off at Hankley Common. The first par-3 follows, where golfers must take enough club to cover the deep bunker that lies in front of the green. A long par-4 3rd is followed by a short par-4 4th, which provides the first real birdie opportunity. A good drive should leave nothing more than a wedge into a decent-sized green. Just watch out for the big oak tree to the left of the green. 

The 6th is the longest hole at Hankley Common, measuring more than 580 yards. This par-5 dog-legs to the left and is a proper three-shotter for all bar the longest of hitters. The 7th is the course's signature hole. The uphill par-3 plays more than its carded 183 yards. 8 is the second par-5 on the front side, which comes to a close with another dog-leg. The 9th is a tricky little par-4. 

The back nine at Hankley Common opens up with the hardest hole on the property. The 477 yard par-4 is a dog-leg right, and its length means that a good drive is imperative. 11 then follows and it is a brute of a par-3, measuring at 225 yards from the back tees. There is some room for error, but not too much considering the distance of the hole.

The 13th is a short par-5, at less than 500 yards, and it is sandwiched between two strong par-4s, both of which have the ability to wreck a card. The 16th is a short par-3, the last on the card, before two final par-4s to finish. The closing hole plays all of it's 432 yards, as there is a deep gully running across the front of the green. 

What are the Hankley Common Golf Club green fees?

The Hankley Common Golf Club green fees are listed on their website.

To play 18 holes on weekdays costs £145 and on weekends it costs £160. Junior prices are reduced to only £65 on weekdays but weekend junior play is not currently available. All green fees are payable on a confirmed booking.

Is there a dress code at Hankley Common Golf Club?

On the Golf Course:
  • Appropriate and smart golf attire is expected on the course
  • Proper golf shoes are required for the players safety

In the Clubhouse:
  • Smart casual wear is welcome in the club
  • Ripped jeans, gym/beach wear, hats and collarless shirts are not allowed
  • Golf shoes are allowed in the changing rooms, foyer and spike bar

Where is Hankley Common located?

Hankley Common Golf Club is situated just outside the town of Farnham in Surrey, England.

Both London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports are within 40 miles of Hankley Common, providing great access for international visitors.

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