Hankley Common Golf Club: Course Review, Green Fees, Tee Times and Key Info

A tremendous free-draining course in a peaceful and expansive setting. Hankley Common is a quality design and a beautiful course to play and just to walk around.

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The 7th at Hankley Common
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Hankley Common Golf Club Key Information

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AddressThe Clubhouse, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DD
Phone Number01252 797717
Green Fees£145 - £160
Visitor TimesMidweek and then after 2pm Saturday and midday Sunday
Slope Rating134 (Purple), 126 (White), 122 (Yellow), 115 (Red), 105 (Black), 132 (Women's Yellow), 126 (Women's Red), 108 (Women's Black)
Designed byJames Braid, Harry Colt
Golf Monthly Verdict


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The layout at Hankley Common was designed by James Braid and Harry Colt and it has long been cherished as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country. It's a superb design over incredible turf and terrain in a simply beautiful setting. The course is maintained brilliantly and sympathetically with free-draining soil and excellent playing surfaces. Hankley Common is a club that is constantly looking to improve upon what is already a high-quality offering.


– Simply stunning swathe of protected heathland

– Tremendous layout by James Braid and Harry Colt

– Incredible springy, sandy turf is a joy to play from


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Hankley Common Golf Club began life in 1897. Play was originally over nine holes across this fabulous stretch of Surrey countryside. In 1922 James Braid advised on the addition of a second nine and Harry Colt made further alterations in the early 1930s.

Hankley is, without question, one of the very finest inland courses and one of Surrey's very best – A superb design over excellent terrain. Springy yet firm turf with sandy subsoil, greens that are slick and true, fairways lined with heather, rowans, oaks, pines and birches, the layout delivers classic heathland golf of the highest order.

From the high points across the course at Hankley Common, it’s amazing to view the holes stretching in all directions across the huge swathe of land over which the layout sits. Both course and surrounding area are classed as a “Site of Special Scientific Interest,” and are home to many interesting species of flora and fauna. The club takes pains to ensure the course is maintained superbly but sympathetically.

The excellent, free-draining turf at Hankley gives a real links-like playing quality and the surfaces are of the very highest standard.

With generous fairways and a relatively narrow first cut of rough, the major hazard is the wide bands of thick heather along most of the fairways. If you stray into it, you’ll likely be hacking out back to the fairway.

The stretch of holes from 6-8 is particularly memorable, two beautiful sweeping par 5’s and the par-3 7th in between, affording stunning views of the Common and the vast expanse of land which Hankley occupies.

There’s enough land to build another couple of golf courses on the land that it occupies, but why would you when you have such and amazing masterpiece already.

Hankley Common Golf Club never rests on its laurels and the club continues to make improvements and alterations if and where appropriate.

7th at Hankley Common
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What The Top 100 Panel Said

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John Winter

Set in a huge boundless amphitheatre. While the purple heather doesn’t flower until late summer, the contrast with the evergreen pines, specimen oaks and silver birches against the green fairways and the spring flowering yellow gorse makes the course extremely photogenic. Serene, the course naturally blends into, and is an extension of, its environment. It’s the feeling of space that defines Hankley Common.

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James Holland

A brilliant, consistent design where all of the holes flow beautifully together.  The expanse of land is mind blowing. I find it difficult to compare it to any experience I’ve had on a course before because of just how large the property is and the feeling that gives you.

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Hankley Common Golf Club Green Fees

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18 holes weekday£145
18 holes weekend£160
Visitor with county card weekday£120
Junior weekday£65

For more information on visiting Hankley Common see the club's website

Hankley Common Golf Club Scorecard

Hankley Common Golf Club scorecard

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The new holes designed by Tom Mackenzie for the club’s recent centenary to improve the routing and make for a safer crossing of the busy Portsmouth road have bedded in very well. They have enhanced what was already a very fine heathland design which is beautifully maintained and a joy to play at any time of the year.



It’s a classic heathland layout delivering a great strategic test and a real sense of seclusion when out on the springy fairways. It's an ambitious club with great history plus a high-quality heathland course

For all the best courses nearby, check out our guide to the best courses in Surrey.

Best Places to Stay Near Hankley Common Golf Club

Tilford Woods - Book now at Booking.com
Excellent log cabin self-catering lodge retreat. It's in a perfect location for Hankley Common - basically right next door. It's always well reviewed and is known for offering comfortable and spacious accommodation.

Harbour Hotel Guildford - Book now at Booking.com
Set in a contemporary glass-fronted building, this 4-star hotel is a one minute walk from the cobbled High Street of Guildford. Guests can enjoy the hotel's spa facilities, which features a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, stone oven sauna, aromatic crystal steam room and relaxation room. Good restaurant.

Hankley Common Golf Club Course Gallery

Hankley Common Golf Club Historical Top 100 Ranking UK&I

  • 2023/24 - 30
  • 2021/22 - 32
  • 2019/20 - 33
  • 2017/18 - 34
  • 2015/16 - 41
  • 2013/14 - 44
  • 2011/12 - 50
  • 2009/10 - 64

Frequently Asked Questions

How big is Hankley Common?

The whole common is 560 hectares or 1,400 acres. The site is part of the Thursley, Hankley and Frensham Commons Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area and Site of 

What films were filmed at Hankley Common?

Hankley Common has been used for plenty of productions over the years including the James Bond films The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Skyfall. It was also used for the Oscar-winning 1917 where it doubled as a French battlefield.

Can I become a member at Hankley Common?

Membership at Hankley Common is currently full. They will periodically open a "register of interest" list, but they do not plan to do that before 1st July 2023, at the earliest.

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly. 

Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?