FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1Time for an extra round? Brokenhurst Manor, a Harry Colt design in the New Forest, is closest to Stoneham. Or, when you are at North Hants you’re just 11 miles from Hankley Common, set apart from the other stars of Surrey and so often missed off a trip there.
2Even if you don’t play Old Thorns, this very popular resort should be your base, offering modern rooms, a lively sports bar and restaurant, a gym, and on-site Starbucks.
3Check regional flights into Southampton as well as Bournemouth or Gatwick. Very cheap if booked early, they take lots of labour out of the trip.
4We ate at Old Thorns in the evening, but we are assured by locals you’ll find excellent fayre at The Ship Inn, a grand white building you can’t help but notice on the entrance to Hayling Island.
5Green fees drop markedly from November 1; expect to save a huge £35 at North Hants, £25 at Blackmoor and £20 at both Hayling and Stoneham.