What they say…
Established in 1992 Paultons Golf Centre is a proprietary operated hybrid Golf Club with a refreshingly equal split of membership and Pay as you Play golf.
Located on the edge of the New Forest National Park, the clubhouse has fantastic views over the course and surrounding areas, and is widely regarded as one of the best year round courses in the area.
What we say…
Paultons is another course nestled in along the South Coast of England, it can be easily reached from both Bournemouth and Southampton in under 25 minutes as it sits just of the M27. Although it’s only about a mile from the busy motorway you wouldn’t realise that as you drive through the clubs main gates and navigate your way slowly through .75 miles of golf course to the club house and practice centre.
Paultons is a part of the Crown Golf Group so you can expect it to accommodate the masses, it has a large flood lit driving range, extensive chipping areas, bunkers pitch and putt course and a putting green big enough to hold a full society or competition all at the same time. The Pro shop is a decent size but on our visit it wasn’t fully stocked, but if you’re looking to grab a few accessories and balls before your round you find it all here. As all Crown golf centres are, you find Paultons has a full complement of trolleys and buggies that are well maintained. The club house served cold beers and hot food and you can order food during your round. It’s a mundane building with average changing facilities and decor but it does exactly what it needs to in order to cater for its audience.
Its £27-£32 for a round on a weekend here but you will usually find a deal either through the Crown Golf newsletters or the various green fee vouchers available. This seems to be a social golfer’s course, which means that most weekends the course is very busy and you can be packed in amongst a full list of fourballs, so expect a long round.
The first hole is a short par four dog leg right that runs downhill to a bunker protected green. You cannot see the pin from the tee box so you will need a nice steady tee shot aiming for the crest of the hill on the left hand side this will give you a high iron or a wedge in to the green. It’s not the hardest hole on the course by a long way but a good test to make sure you are thinking from the outset.
The second hole is a long par 5 and it sets the tone for the majority of the course, wide fairways, fairly open on both sides and bunkers bottle necking the fairway close to the green.
The front nine can be a fairly uninteresting if you’re a straight hitter, with fairways running up and down and not much to navigate unless you block a shot out to the left or the right.
The course becomes much more interesting on the back nine. The par 4 tenth hole is a dog leg left, if you cut with a low iron you can run down to around 90 yards to the pin, you can attack with a wedge on your second shot as there is lots of green to work with.
The 11th starts to take you away from the wide open spaces and down in the woodland part of the course, it’s another hole where you can make birdie and start to make and impact on your scorecard.
The 12th is a short yet tricky par three, a PW will easily take you to the middle of the green but if you are short then two deep front side bunkers will swallow your ball, long by 5 yards you’ll be in the thick stuff.
The 15th is the first time that water really comes in to play. You need to be tee box to green, anything shorter will be wet, anything to the right will be collected by the trees, short and to the right will leave you a difficult pitch in over the lakeside tree.
After the entrapment of the woods you break back out in to the open on the 16th. This a long uphill par 4 to a green that’s elevated again against the fairway. The 18th leaves you with short par 4 and an attempt for a birdie in front of the club house. A nice straight drive will take you to the crest of the hill where you will be able to pitch back down hill to an inviting green, take a birdie or par if your second was a little short then go grab a bite to eat in the clubhouse.
We played Paultons in the winter months and the course held up really well after some heavy rain and frost. The course was a little boggy in places but that was expected, the putting surface stayed firm and there we no temp greens in play. Although it’s not the most exciting course in the area Paultons does offer the ability to get out what ever the weather and enjoy some nice holes.