Hankley Common Golf Club Course Review

A tremendous free-draining course in a peaceful and expansive setting.

Hankley Common Golf Club Course Review
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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.

Hankley Common Golf Club Course Review

Top 100 Ranking 2021/22 - 32

Previous Rankings

2019/20 - 33 2017/18 - 34 2015/16 - 41 2013/14 - 44 2011/12 - 50 2009/10 - 64

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Medal Tee: Par 71 – 6,442 Yards

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Changes since previous ranking

Causeway cleared and mounding around 18th hole remodelled and extended.  New heather and drainage added.

Hankley Common Golf Club Course Review

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Hankley Common Golf Club never rests on its laurels and continues to make improvements and alterations if and where appropriate, it very much deserves to move up a place to 32 on this list.

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.

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7th at Hankley Common
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Hankley is, without question, one of the very finest inland courses – 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 18th at Hankley Common
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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.

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Assessor Feedback

Hankley Common is an absolute joy to play and should be on everyone’s ‘to play’ list. 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.

GM Verdict

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.

Fergus Bisset
Fergus Bisset

Fergus is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and it was concentrated by 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 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?