CORHAMPTON GOLF CLUB
By The Secretary
It is now many years since TOM SCOTT wrote of Corhampton Golf Club as Follows: "When one thinks of the old Golf Clubs in England, one's thoughts usually turn to Royal Blackheath, Hoylake, Westward Ho! and Wimbledon. These indeed are the oldest, but there are others and lesser known Clubs whose history goes back nearly as far as some of the famous ones mentioned. Such a Club is Corhampton in Hampshire, a small Club, it is true, but one with a history dating back to 1885, which makes it perhaps one of the oldest dozen in England. And like many other Clubs, Corhampton started in a modest way. Right up to the first world war there were few members, no artificial bunkers, and the only attention that the fairways received was from the sheep which grazed on the course. It was golf in the raw but the enthusiasts struggled on playing the game they loved until the skies of Europe became red with the reflection of war. Then the little Club found the struggle too much, or at least the players did, for it appears that play ceased for a time and it was not until 1919 that efforts were made to get going again."
Proudly, in 1977, the ninety second year of its existance, there are two golfing veterans who have been members at the Club ever since their safe return from the Great War, in 1919, and still going strong.
The photograph was taken close to today's 7a green.
This timeless and unspoiled corner of Britain where the Jutish Meon Wara
tribe settled in the 3rd century AD, would offer to the Golfing World a course
set high on the undulating uplands of Corhampton Down, with a backcloth Eastwards
and to the North, to the once Roman-occupied hilltops overlooking the lovely
Meon River valley. Views Westwards are long panoramas which descend over the
crowned tops of many separate woodlands, towards the Solent, the Isle of
Wight and the New Forest. All over the World, Golf Courses preserve the beauty
of the countryside into which they are constructed, there is only one positive
way by which you, the reader will fully acknowledge the picturesque landscape
which the Author can not portray -- come and play golf at Corhampton. There
are Inns in the valley Villages which cater for visitors, with accommodation
and escellent [sic] cuisine. Overseas readers will be furnished local
Hostelry addresses upon request. Equidistant from: Winchester, Southampton,
Fareham, Portsmouth, Horndean, Petersfield and Alton on the outer ring there
are also smaller place-names nearer to the course such as: Cheriton, Bramdean,
East and West Meon, Warnford, Exton, Meonstoke, Droxford, Soberton, Swanmore,
Wickham, Wickham Chase, Bishops Waltham and Upham, Corhampton was redesigned
into an eighteen holed course in 1975, in the same year a new purpose-built
Clubhouse with full catering services and an extremely well stocked Professional's
Shop replaced an aged but much loved Hut.