Last Updated: Wed 19 Dec
The practice facilities at Wickham Park give members and non-members alike every opportunity to hone their game in all weathers. We have a 12-bay covered range, with balls available from the pro shop, along with a 50-70 yard chipping area and a separate putting green. The pro shop has buggies and trolleys for hire and has regular offers on golfing equipment, so come and tell us what we need and we’ll see you’re properly fitted out.
Wickham Park is a par 69 parkland course with scenic views of the Meon Valley. It’s a fairly flat course that favours the skilled tactician over the big hitter and as such is popular with golfers of all ages and abilities. There are a few tree lines and a little bit of water to avoid but the real challenge lies in hitting the greens, which are quite small and require some precision with your approach shots.
The 2nd – and the second hardest hole on the course – is a 400 yard par 4 with a big dogleg left. Trying to cut the corner is high risk. The most common approach is a longish iron off the tee, followed by a 6 iron into the green. Judging your length is crucial, with a ditch in front of the green and a bunker back left. Stray too far right and you’ll find some tough rough. A par here is a good score.
The 139 yard 12th is a scenic little par 3 with a 30 foot drop from tee to green. With the elevated tee, the wind is often into your face so judging distance can be tricky. There are hazards too. A pond and ditch guard the front of the green and the lake lies to the far right to snaffle anything sliced into the wind. The green slopes from back to front too, so pay attention to the pin position when planning where to land.
The signature 17th is a fantastic hole, which can make or break your round. A long, 200 yard par 3 uphill into the wind, it requires a steely nerve and a cool head. You must be accurate off the tee or risk out of bounds on the left and a bunker on the right, with heavy rough on both sides. Hitting the two-tiered green in one is good going, but depending on where you land, putting out in two is by no means a formality.
“A good course to practise on, always maintained excellently, will definitely be coming back.” – R.T
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