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

Recent significant work at Liphook Golf Club has greatly improved what was already a classy, absorbing, and very pretty heathland design

Liphook Golf Club
The ninth is the first of two relatively new holes at Liphook
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Top 100 Courses UK & Ireland 2023/24

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Liphook Golf Club Key Information

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AddressWheatsheaf Enclosure, Liphook, Hants, GU30 7EH
Phone01428 723271
Websiteliphookgolfclub.com
Email secretary@liphookgolfclub.com
GFs£135 Mon-Thu, £160 Sun afternoon
Visitor TimesAfternoon only in the Summer, no visitors in Winter
ParMen 71, Women 72
SlopeWhite/M 129, Red/W 128
Opened1922
ArchitectArthur Croome & Tom Simpson, Tom Mackenzie
Golf Monthly Verdict

Liphook Golf Club - Hole 10

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This is one of England’s most impressive and enjoyable recent upgrades - a heathland classic that is packed with charm and variety. The brilliantly-conceived changes to the routing and the addition of two new holes have been so sympathetically achieved that they already look as though they have been there forever.

Reasons To Play Liphook

– Experience one of the finest and prettiest inland courses in England

– Play some of the oldest and newest Top 100 holes in one round

– See if you can spot the join between old and new! 

Rankings

UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2023/24 - 53

Liphook Golf Club is in Hampshire, bordering Surrey and Berkshire which are blessed with some of the biggest heathland names in the world of golf. Just a little further south-west, it heads the list of the best golf courses in Hampshire. Were it closer to London, it would not be in the least out of place. It was designed by Arthur Croome, with small adjustments made by Tom Simpson a few years later.

And while the course was already a firm favourite in the Top 100, it has enjoyed a superb reawakening over the last 4 or 5 years masterminded by leading architect Tom Mackenzie.

There were three aims with the upgrade, the first being to improve safety when crossing the road after leaving the 14th green. This had been an increasing concern for sometime. The second intention was to create a more interesting and seamless routing and flow, and the third was to make the best possible use of this quite glorious heathland terrain.

The pandemic had a beneficial side-effect over all three as the project was completed a good way earlier than anticipated.

There are two excellent new holes that Mackenzie cut into what was previously woodland, a cunning merger of the old 10th and 11th holes, and an extension to the one that followed these courtesy of a new green some 120 yards further on.

Back over on the clubhouse side of the road at the 15th, what was an awkward hole with internal OOB and which cambered the wrong way has been transformed via a new tee into a straighter, fairer, risk-reward par 4.

The two all-new holes at what are now the 8th and 9th are bedding in very well. The former is a gorgeous mid-length par 3, while the latter is a shortish dogleg par 4 where you must be far enough long and left with your drive to open up the approach to a sloping green. As for the merging of the 10th and 11th, it seems Mackenzie was actually realising a suggestion that Tom Simpson had made to the club by letter way back in the 1930s.

Liphook is home to one of the best heathland courses in the UK. By majority consensus, the changes have cemented what was already a very fine course into one that is now even better.

Liphook - Hole 15

The par-4 fifteenth is now approached from a different angle

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What The Top 100 Panel Said

Chris Boakes Golf Monthly Top 100 panel
Chris Boakes

Unbelievable how a handful of wise course alterations and rerouting make for a whole new level of golfing experience. Within a couple of years no one would know on looks alone how different this course appeared in places. Outstanding vision from Tom Mackenzie.

Russ Groombridge UK&I Top 100 panel
Russ Groombridge

All in all, Liphook provides a fantastic experience for a round of golf and the changes have significantly improved the course design. The weaker holes have been replaced by some stunners, and the changes have turned a good course into a great course. My pre-round anticipation and excitement were certainly justified.

John Slater UK&I Top 100 panel
John Slater

Liphook is a well managed, upmarket, thriving members’ club with a strong course which you would be happy to play any time, With all those majestic pines and the heather, it’s as if a little piece of Scotland has ended up in Hampshire.

Matt Weavers UK&I Top 100 panel
Matt Weavers

The new holes look and play like they have been there for decades, which is an incredible achievement and huge kudos to the club and greenstaff. A super-fun test with some of the best heathland course conditioning you are ever likely to see.

Liphook Golf Club Location

Liphook Green Fees

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18 holes£135Mon-Thu
18 holes£100Mon-Thu after 16:00
18 holes£160Sunday afternoon

Liphook Golf Club scorecard

Liphook Golf Club scorecard

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Best Courses Near To Liphook

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BLACKMOOR

This totally engaging par-69 Harry Colt design in Hampshire celebrated its centenary in 2013 and has long been in the Golf Monthly Next 100. Blessed with five very appealing short holes, its crisp, firm fairways are lined by heather, pine, birch and oak.

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HINDHEAD

This tranquil, pine-clad, heathery JH Taylor design has a hint of Augusta about it, especially on the front nine. If you are lucky, you may spot a deer or two, and even if your game is not quite as you would like, the magnificent pines and alluring setting will more than compensate.

Best Places To Stay Near Liphook

The Flying Bull Inn, Liss - Book now via Booking.com

This traditional pub and restaurant serves homemade meals for lunch and dinner. All rooms are located in a modern, purpose-built extension with a private entrance. The Flying Bull serves classic British dishes and real ales in the restaurant and bar.

Harper's Steakhouse, Haslemere - Book now via Booking.com

This stylish bar and restaurant also has rooms, each of which includes a flat-screen TV, Roberts DAB radio, hair dryer, Nespresso coffee machine and toiletries. The breakfast option includes a choice of cooked or continental.

Liphook Golf Club Gallery

Historical Top 100 Rankings UK&I

  • 2023/24 - 53
  • 2021/22 - 55
  • 2019/20 - 66
  • 2017/18 - 67
  • 2015/16 - 70
  • 2013/14 - 73
  • 2011/12 - 79

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did Liphook make significant changes recently?

The primary reason was the desire to change the crossing point of the busy road that runs through the course. Happily, this also allowed the creation of a better routing and the creation of two new and better individual golf holes.

What is the most photographed hole at Liphook?

The course is packed with pretty holes, and during the launch of the 2023/24 rankings, Golf Monthly contributing editor Jeremy Ellwood selected the 7th, Two Counties, as one of his favourite par 5s in the Top 100.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012. He specialises in course reviews and travel, and has played more than 1,200 courses in almost 50 countries. In 2022, he played all 21 courses in East Lothian in 13 days. Last year, his tally was 81, 32 of them for the first time. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but seven and a half... i.e. not the new 9 at Carne! Of those missing, some are already booked for 2024. He is a member of Tandridge in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.