Old ThOrns

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Old Thorns has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the lead­ing re­sorts in the south of Eng­land, but this is no bland ho­tel golf course. With sprawl­ing views over the rolling Hamp­shire coun­try­side, this tree-lined track makes the most of chal­leng­ing ter­rain and small, un­du­lat­ing greens, as you will quickly dis­cover on a pair of par 4s on the front nine that re­veal some of the course’s best vis­tas.

The 3rd sees you play across a val­ley, and, de­pend­ing on the length of your tee shot, you’ll be hit­ting across it or have a blind sec­ond up­hill. The short sig­na­ture 5th then looks the pic­ture- per­fect set­ting to fire a driver, but be­ware, the fair­way fun­nels in and a green­side pond awaits any stray shots. Around the turn, wa­ter comes into play on the 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th, while the 270-yard par-4 15th is reach­able if you take on the tight up­hill tee shot.

As your round comes to an end, be sure to breathe in the set­ting of the par-5 17th, which is an­other el­e­vated tee shot with a won­der­ful view – one that is cer­tainly worth re­turn­ing for. Stats: par 72, 6,462 yards W: oldthorns.com GF: £50wd per round, £60we per round

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