Hayling Golf Club

A strategic, Tom Simpson links in England worthy of more acclaim!

Hayling Golf Club

Hampshire, England

Overview

Tom Doak recommends holes 7 through 14 as evidence of Simpson's minimalist genius.

The original Simpson sketch of the 14th (A) is in the clubhouse.


Golf Course Review

Hayling Golf Club is one of the only links in Hampshire and it is one of the best in England. It is located on Hayling Island opposite Portsmouth with panoramic views of the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Hayling Beach and the English Channel are on the south of the Island where Mulberry Harbour is found to the north. Sinah Lake, a disused gravel pit now used for angling and swimming, is found beside the clubhouse and the 17th and 18th holes.

Hayling Golf Club Design History

Golf was first played on nine holes at Beach Common in 1883. A year later, 18 holes were laid out on Sinah Common after more land was successfully leased.

By 1905, JH Taylor was called upon to advise on course alterations. Harry Colt visited after WW1 in 1919 before JH Taylor again visited in 1927.

It would be Tom Simpson who made Hayling Island what it is today after work in 1932 and 1946.

Course Synopsis

The course follows Tom Simpson's ideal of tacking holes with no two playing in the same direction. The course opens with a Par 3 of 175 yards and is followed by a Par 5. It is a single loop of 18 holes which begin and end at the clubhouse on the east side of the property.

Some feel that the start is dull and there is a palpable difference in feel between the early holes and the incredible stretch of holes from 7 to 14. However, for those who know what Tom Simpson considered ideal in a golf course, this should come as no surprise. The same could be said of the two closing holes.

The middle holes are of outstanding excellence and are a master class in Simpson's philosophy of strategic minimalism. The entire set is not of the West Coast of Ireland sort. Subtlety is a design hallmark that often goes overlooked and is underappreciated by many. Much like the Old Course, Hayling Island beguiles and leaves you wanting more.

My first encounter was somewhat rushed after an unexpected turn of events left me a few hours to kill near Portsmouth. I look forward to returning soon to savour the course and digest its nuance.

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Hampshire, PO11 0BX, England

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