Leckford Golf Club
Clyde Johnson of Cunnin' Golf encourages a visit to see untouched Harry Colt green complexes.
Golf Course Review
Leckford Golf Club has two golf courses located on the Leckford Estate, also known as the Waitrose & Partners Farm. The site overlooks the famous trout fishing River Test in Stockbridge, Hampshire, south of Andover and north of Southampton.
Leckford Golf Club Old Course History
The Leckford Golf Club Old Course was designed by Harry Colt & John Morrison in 1929. The private 9 hole golf course was established by Mr. John Spedan Lewis, the man behind the John Lewis Partnership (JLP). The club was originally known as the Leckford and Longstock Golf Club and was made available to employees, spouses, and dependents after 3 months of employment in 1931. From the outset, the club flourished no doubt due to the twice-yearly visits from John Morrison of Colt, Alison & Morrison Ltd to report and assess the course. During WW2, the course was turned over for agricultural use to support the war effort.
Old Course Synopsis
Found on free-draining flint subsoil, the Old Course itself is located in a tree-lined valley which offers fine views over Hampshire from the higher points on the course. The Old Course has three distinct sections:
- Valley - Holes 1, 2 & 9
- Transition - Holes 3, 4 & 8
- High - Holes - 5, 6 & 7
The routing is a traditional out and back. Back to back Par 5's open the round before a classic uphill Harry Colt Par 3 is presented on the 3rd. After five Par 4's in a row the round ends with another fine downhill Colt Par 3.
A second 9 holes, known as the Leckford Golf Club New Course, was designed by Donald Steel in 1989.
Leckford Old Course Reviews
Leckford Golf Club - Videos
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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie
As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...