Hole 1 – Pinsley Drive
A testing opening hole with out of bounds lining the entire left hand side of the hole.
The fairway slopes gently from left to right and contains two well placed fairway bunkers. An open ditch, which is out of view, and out of reach from all but the biggest drives, lies in wait some 50 yards short of the green. The green slopes gently from back to front.
Hole 2 – Beeches
The fairway slopes gently upwards towards the green and then flattens out. From the tee, the base of the flag will therefore be hidden, as will the large bunker to the right of the green. With Out of Bounds all the way up the left hand side and an area of heavy rough to the right, most club golfers are happy to walk off this green with a 4 on their card. A challenging Par 3.
Hole 3 – The Rookery
The third plays downhill all the way with Out of Bounds along the entire left hand side of the fairway. The perfect line from the tee is the large oak tree just short of the green in the distance. The approach shot is played to a narrow receptive green, which slopes heavily from back to front.
Hole 4 – Wallington
Southwick Park’s signature hole! The hole is a dog-leg to the left which makes for an interesting choice from the Yellow or the elevated White tees. Do you attempt a shot over the trees on the corner, or try for a draw to bring the ball round to the fairway, which slopes downhill towards the River Wallington. A short drainage ditch has been added which extends out towards the fairway from the trees on the left. The approach shot is played over the river to one of the largest greens on the course, which slopes heavily from back to front. Three putts on this green are a regular occurrence.
Hole 5 – Amen Corner
A fairly straight forward tee shot, but with Out of Bounds to the left, and lots of trees to the right, you cannot stray too far. Trees line the right hand side of the hole as you near the green and will block any tee shot pushed right. The perfect tee shot is down the left centre of the fairway and will leave a mid/short iron approach to a heavily guarded two tier green. Again, depending on the flag position, 3 putts are commonplace on this hole.
Hole 6 – Wild Garlic
Although Stroke Index 17, this hole has an uncanny knack of wrecking many cards. The Out of Bounds on the left, the two fairway bunkers and the trees to the right, will punish a tee shot that only needs to be slightly off line. The green is relatively flat but the bunkers left and right still have to be avoided.
Hole 7 – Lily Pond
This is an extremely picturesque Par 3 played over a pond to a narrow, but fairly deep green, when approached from the men’s tee. Southwick Park lake lies in wait for a slice from the tee, unless you are “lucky” enough to find the bunker to the right of the green. This hole will test your distance control as a stiff breeze in your face can make the club selection a little difficult. A shot that is too long will require a “re-load”, as Out of Bounds is lurking beyond the hole. The Ladies are faced with a slightly different challenge as, from their tee, the green crosses in front of them from right to left. Club selection is a similar problem for them dependent on the pin position
Hole 8 – Grebe Watch
The eighth curves gently from left to right; the best tee shot being a slight fade down the left hand side. The fairway bunker on the right hand side is to be avoided at all costs, although any tee shot going too far left will create a difficult second over the trees on the left hand side of the green. The approach must find the right level on the two-tiered green as three putts can be commonplace. If you are exceptionally brave and a big hitter, this hole can be driven!
Hole 9 – Victory Crossing
One of the best holes on the course. The tee shot must be played into position over Pinsley Drive, allowing the golfer a view of the green round to the left across the River Wallington. The approach is hit over the River and must be threaded through a narrow gap in the trees to the green which is protected by a high-faced bunker on the left and another bunker on the right. A very strategic hole.
Hole 10 – The Gamble
It looks fairly innocuous on the card but is not always a guaranteed par. The decision from the tee is whether you have the confidence in your drive distance, and direction, to carry the ditch which crosses the fairway. A tempting Birdie / Eagle chance for the low handicap golfer. A lay-up short of the ditch should leave a fairly short iron to the green, but two bunkers lie in wait to the left and one to the right. Beware the heavy rough to the right of the fairway which has caused many a re-load from the tee.
Hole 11 – Portsdown View
As your tee shot is normally played into the prevailing wind, this hole presents a superb challenge from the yellow tee. The additional shot allowed from the white tee does not make things too much easier , as it brings with it a daunting shot just to reach the fairway from the white tee, following a line of trees to the right. A bunker on the right hand side of the fairway, invisible from the tee, will catch many trying to take the shortest route down this fairly generous fairway. Favour the left hand side, and you will open up the green which is protected by a high faced bunker on each side. The battle is not over when you reach the green, as it slopes steeply from back to front. A putt from the back of the green to a pin placement near the front will require a fine judgement of both line and pace.
Hole 12 – The Firs
This medium length Par 3 is well guarded with a very steep sided bunker on the right hand side of the green. Any tee shot going right will ‘kick’ further right and leave a challenging pitch back to the green. The green itself is two-tiered and so for that elusive Birdie, the first requirement is to find the right level.
Hole 13 – The Boathouse
It is Out of Bounds all the way down the left hand side of this hole. Three straight shots should do the trick but drift to the right and a tree will invariably be in your way. A large tree guards the right hand entrance to the green making an approach from off the fairway to the right very tough. The bunker guarding the front left of the green is probably the most challenging to escape from on the course. Any approach shots going left of the green will almost certainly finish OOB. The green slopes from back to front.
Hole 14 – Lake Side
A very testing Par 4 which signals the start of Southwick Park’s challenging finishing stretch. The entire left hand side of the hole is Southwick Park Lake and deep uncompromising rough is down the right hand side of the last half of the hole. A bank in the fairway which runs almost to the green makes the approach to the green a bit tricky. Land it short and you risk a kick off the bank and into the left hand bunker. Push it right and a large horseshoe bunker awaits which is invisible until you are very close to the green. Have fun.
Hole 15 – The Priory
A great short hole with the Priory ruins providing a historic backdrop. This hole can create all sorts of problems when the pin is on the small back tier of the green. There are no bunkers on this hole but any tee shot slightly off line will kick away viciously, resulting in a delicate recovery shot. Any putts having to be played to the differing levels can be extremely difficult to read correctly. A 3 is a good score here.
Hole 16 – Terraces
Arguably one of the best Par 4’s in Hampshire when played from the Medal tee. The tiger line from the tee needs to flirt with the OOB of the tree line to the left. A bail-out down the lowest level of this three level fairway will leave a very long second to the green. The fairway on the approaches to the green slopes from left to right and OOB lies in wait again on the left. The green is very narrow with deep sloping bunkers guarding each side. A challenging Par 4 even from the Yellow tees and there is no relief in terms of an extra shot from the White.
Hole 17 – Nelson’s Column
This is a tough Par 3, especially when playing into the prevailing wind. The copse of trees and bushes to the right of the green is a popular spot but you will be lucky if you have a shot to the green. A ball pulled to the left will often require a shot over the deep bunker that guards that side of the green. Another very challenging hole.
Hole 18 – Royal Oak
The 18th has the capacity to offer a lot of drama. A well struck shot from the Yellow tee will normally leave a shot to the green from around 150yds. Many club golfers however will be looking at a shot of 180 to 200yds, with anything pitching short being kicked the the right by the slope of the fairway. A pitch and run to the green will often need to flirt with the first of the two bunkers on the left to reach the pin.
Mens & Intermediates Tee
Ladies & Juniors Tee