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Stoneham: This rare Willie Park heathland is a real treat

 

Designed by Willie Park Jr in 1908, Stoneham Golf Club is a distinctive parkland-cross-heathland laid out on either side of a large valley, formerly the old deer park.

Typically associated with Sunningdale Old and Huntercombe, Stoneham was one of Park Jr’s under-the-radar designs, of which he has made fine work.

With an exceptional standard of low handicappers, the club is home to the Stoneham Academy, where £1.2 million has been spent on developing a Trackman-enabled driving range, and a state of the art short game area considered one of the best in the country.

History

Stoneham Golf Club has a fairly prestigious history certainly in terms of events.

In April 1946 the first Dunlop Masters Golf Tournament – now known as the British Masters – was held here. The result was a shared trophy between Bobby Locke and Dai Rees.

Rees opened Stoneham’s new clubhouse in April 1959, and captained the Ryder Cup team later that year. The team sailed out of nearby Southampton for the match at Indiana Country Club, California.

What makes it special

What is particularly exciting about Stoneham is the fact it has five par-5s, five par-3s and eight par 4s, which makes for a tremendous layout.

The club, which European Tour star Richard Bland calls home, is will hold three England Golf events in the next three years and is a regular stop on the Clutch Tour circuit.

Where does it rank?

64th in England, 145th in GB&I, and 3rd in Hampshire.

Where is it?

Stoneham is located just off the M27, between Southampton and Eastleigh.

Would you like to play Stoneham with the NCG Top 100s Tour?

Our NCG Top 100s Tour offers club golfers the chance to tick off their bucket list courses around the UK and Ireland while playing for fantastic prizes courtesy of TaylorMade.

The Tour prides itself on offering the best experience at the events while offering fantastic value.

Stoneham is part of the Tour’s 2023 schedule with an event on June 8, 2023 and your entry fee includes:

  • Your round of golf
  • A meal before and after your round
  • A welcome pack on arrival
  • The chance to win amazing TaylorMade prizes

And, if that isn’t enough, you can get a 10% discount if you book four or more golfers.

Get in touch with Stoneham

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 023 80 769272.

Have you played Stoneham before? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us.

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