Hankley Common Golf Course Under Threat From 'Major Incident' Wildfire

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service declared a major incident at Hankley Common due to a large fire, with players on the nearby golf course forced to abandon their rounds

Hankley Common Golf Course on fire
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The hot weather over the past few weeks in the UK has been causing havoc, with fires breaking out and restrictions being put in place. On Sunday, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service were notified of a fire breaking out in Hankley Common, resulting in the services declaring a major incident. 

Just after lunchtime, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: "We have declared a major incident at Hankley Common due to a large fire in the open. We have several fire engines in attendance. There is a great deal of smoke so please avoid the area. Windows and doors should be closed if nearby and pets kept indoors. More info to follow."

The fire was so bad that members of the nearby golf course were forced to abandon their games, with one member explaining that they had to walk in after four holes following the warning.

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According to those in the West London area, the smoke from the fire has reached all the way to Heathrow Airport, with the very warm, dry and windy conditions not helping the situation.

One Twitter user, who lives 40 miles away in Sunbury-on-Thames, captured a photo from their flat, with the smoke being clearly visible from the window. It also isn't the first fire that has been reported this week, with the record temperatures causing wildfires and havoc all over London.  

The temperatures also mean that many golf clubs have implemented restrictions, with some enforcing smoking bans on the golf course, something that people may remember happened in 2018, when dozens of golf courses in the UK notified members that smoking wasn't allowed while the heatwave continued. 

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Such is the heatwave that the UK is going through now, a number of courses have adapted their opening and working times, with some golf clubs closing altogether because the high temperatures are a health and safety hazard to their staff and members. 

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x