A very good tight woodland course, but!
Romsey GC is a woodland style course in Romsey, on the outskirts of Southampton, Hampshire!
It is a members club to 7ugh the club does not own the land on which it is located! I believe that their lease is running out and a significant rent increase could make the club financially unviable! (tbc)
The club was founded in about 1900! The club moved to the present site in 1924, initially as a 9 holer laid out by George Kirby, the Stoneham GC professional!
It was extended to 18 holes in 1974!
The course is a par 69! It is 5,718 and 5,389 yards respectively from the white and yellow tees, and 5,214 off the ladies red tees! The ladies is a par 70!
The SSSs are 68, 67 and 71 respectively!
The course comprises 4 par 3s, 13 par 4s and only 1 par 5!
The greens are generally very large, firm, undulating multi-level, were quick downhill but inconsistently paced!
Also many of the pin placements were cruelly sited for most difficulty!
My outturn putting stats was 35 putts, ie 3 singles, 13 doubles and 2 triple putts! Unexceptional, but not disastrous, a reflection of the general size and shape of the greens plus the pin placements!
The Par 3s
The 3rd, 5th, and 7th are shot holes!
#3: a short 137 yards semi blind uphill tee shot! OOB along the right hand side of the hole!
#5: a 172 yards uphill tee shot to a raised green protected by a tall tree short right of the green, and with a deep drop down off the left side of the green! Bogey is good!
#7: a long 185 yards uphill tee shot to a similar approach set up as the 5th, only longer! However, this is a deeper multi-level green! My tee shot ran up through the back of the green! A downhill chip and 2 putts was a good bogey!
#10: a very short 102 yards downhill shot to a green rising up from front to back! Unfortunately my tee shot went long to the back of the green leaving a fast tricky putt! One club too much chosen for the tee shot! A poorly played hole!
My outturn stats for the 4 par 3s was +4, ie +1 too many, as I have shots on 3 of the holes! Unfortunately a 3 putts bogey on the index 18 10th accounts for the extra shot!
The Par 4s
The Round opens with a 263 yards downhill par 4, reachable by longer hitters! I almost reached the front left bunker!
Without a course planner it is difficult to recall precise details of other par 4s except that they were difficult lines and approaches!
My outturn stats for the 13 par 4s was +17, ie 2 pars, 7 bogeys, 3 double bogeys, and 1 quadruple bogey!
My performance on the par 4s section of the round was +7 shots too many after allowing for my 10 shots! A disastrous +4 on the 6th hole was a big disappointment after a bright opening on the first 5 holes! My occasional high left lost ball off the tee cost 2 shots but I was still in the hole in 3 but compounded the mistake with 3 duffed uphill approach shots up to the green!
The Par 5s
The 18th hole is the only par 5! It is index 8, a steep uphill meandering hole up to a high level green!
It was reachable in regulation but an underhit approach left me below the green! My outturn score was a bogey, a good nett par!
Weekday visitors green fees are £32, £20 twilight, £21 members guest rate, and £21 with a County Card!
I entered their annual Seniors Open Stableford competition! The £35 entry fee included coffee and bacon roll, 18 holes, a two course meal and prizes! (I won a dozen Callaway Chrome Soft balls for finishing 5th in handicap Division 1!)
There is a wonderful new half way-hut adjacent to the 11th tee!
There is a good sized pro-shop! Unfortunately no course planner booklet!
The competition was wonderfully hosted by the members and staff!
Assessment: while happy at playing a very challenging course, the extent of the uphill and downhill sloping holes, make this a difficult walking course! I'm unlikely to enter next year's competition as I'd need a medical certificate exemption to use a buggy!
excellent course especially if not big hitter
a great little course in good condition after weeks of rain, shortish holes so great if your not a long hitter but lots of trees so have to keep it straight.
halway refreshment hut great especially on hot/cold days
An attractive parkland course. Whilst short in length, the elevation changes and tight tree lined fairways make this an interesting challenge. Greens were in poor condition relative to other courses played recently. Welcoming atmosphere in the clubhouse. Member's guest fee of £20 (Saturday) was decent value.