What they say…
Built in 1970, the first class Manor Course is gently undulating, with excellent fairways that demand accurate tee and good approach shots to the well manicured greens: there really isn’t an easy hole on the Course.
What we say…
As you arrive at Bramshaw Golf club you get the impression that this is a golf club with history, it’s the oldest course in Hampshire and with its setting in the beautiful New Forest you expect a great round of golf.
The facilities at the club are great, the Pro shop is big and well stocked with all of the latest clothing lines and equipment, the Club Pro is knowledgeable and happy to spend time with members and visitors to ensure you get exactly what you are after. The Clubhouse is undergoing some refurbishment but this doesn’t detract from the large selection of good food and beer, there is also the Bell inn hotel that is part of the complex which has plenty of refreshment and lodgings on offer.
The clubs description of the course is a little off the mark, there are a number of easy holes on the course and you can get away with a wayward drive on a quite a few of the fairways. They are however right in saying that the condition of the course is great, having played the back nine in the rain the fairways still allowed the tee shots to travel and the greens were still plenty quick.
There isn’t really a standout “wow” hole at Bramshaw, it’s a good job the course is nestled into the forest as it provides a beautiful back drop for a number of rather featureless holes. However the course does hold some testing holes that require the “thinking cap” to be put on rather than just a go for the green mentality. The course is made interesting in this way, it’s all about positional play but if you’re familiar with the environment then after a few rounds I can see the challenge that the course does present losing its charm.
Bramshaw is not in any way a bad course, it just lacks a few signature holes that you would expect from a course set in a beautiful part of the country. Its £25 for a round for a visitor, which considering the prestige of the club isn’t at all bad, should you pay much more than that? No, unless they can add a few more features to the course.
Would we play there again? Yes, if we had a 2-4-1 voucher or a great tee time deal; it’s worth a round if the sun is shining and you want to play at the oldest club in Hampshire.