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New Forest Golf Club and New Forest Golf Course
New Forest Golf Club and New Forest Golf Course
Welcome To New Forest Golf Club
Details Correct As Of 07/04/2015

New Forest Golf Club - Lyndhurst
Address    Southampton Road
Town    Lyndhurst
Postcode    SO43 7BU
Secretary / Manager    Chris Tyrrell
First Name / Manager    Chris
Telephone    023 8028 2484
Fax    023 8028 4030
Club Website Address   www.newforestgolfclub.co.uk
Email Address   golfmanagernfgc@aol.co.uk
Course Information Line Telephone    023 8028 2484
Greenkeeper    Ian Hatch
Club Professional    Chris Tyrrell
Telephone    023 8028 2484
Fax   No Information Given
Pro's Website Address   No Information Given
Pro's Email Address   No Information Given
Club Steward / Manager    Secretary/Manager
Telephone    023 8028 2484
Fax    023 8028 4030
Number Of Holes    18 Hole
Course Yardage    5526
Par    69
Yardage Markers On Course   yes
Changing Room Facilities   yes
Handicap Certificates Required   no
Driving Range   no
Soft Spikes Required   no
Society Day(s)     Mon , Tue , Wed , Thur , Fri , Sat
Type Of Club    members
Course Type    Heathland
Green Fees Weekdays    Ring for prices
Green Fees Weekends    Ring for prices
Green Fees Twilight    Ring for prices
Green Fees Junior    Ring for prices
Green Fees Society    Ring for prices
Green Fees Other    Ring for prices
Joining Fee    Ring for prices
7 Day Membership Fee    Ring for prices
5 Day Membership Fee    Ring for prices
Ladies Membership Fee    Ring for prices
Junior Membership Fee    Ring for prices
Country Membership Fee    Ring for prices
Other Membership Fees    Ring for prices
Membership Fee Information   No Information Given
Proshop Available   yes
Club Hire Available   yes
Club Repairs Available   yes
Custom Club Fitting Service   no
Trolley Hire Available   yes
Electric Trolley Repair   no
Buggy Hire Available   no
Lessons Available   yes
Course Planner Available   yes
Bar Available   yes
Breakfast Available   yes
Lunch Available   yes
Afternoon Tea Available   no
Dinner Available   no
Accommodation Available   no
The New Forest Golf Club began its history in the latter part of 1888, when a meeting of residents in and around Lyndhurst was called to try to obtain the ‘Commissioners of Woods and Forests’ the right to play golf on the open heath.

Permission was granted for this and also to cut holes three inches deep and to roll the ground for a distance of five yards around each hole. Following this, another meeting was called on February 6th 1889 and it was unanimously decided to form a club, to be called the New Forest Golf Club.
The annual subscription was half a guinea and the headquarters was Classhayes, which is now the Lyndhurst Park Hotel. Eight holes were built on the ‘Bench’ and ten holes within the Old Lyndhurst racecourse.

The Club grew with the years until the First World War, when a bombing school was situated on the links and considerable damage was done to the course. After the war, permission was withdrawn to use the ‘Bench’ side and so the course was concentrated within the racecourse. The damage was repaired and the nine hole course continued to prosper until the Second World War, when, in 1939, the army pitched the largest camp ever sited in the forest and the course became a training ground for tanks.
The long climb back to recovery started again for the Club after the war. Compensation for damage was claimed, but by the time it was paid, it proved just enough to build one green – the present 5th – and apart from one short spell when the Club broke even the going was tough, until in 1959, heavily in debt, the Club was about to close when Peter Swann a professional golfer, fell in love with the Forest and decided to purchase the club. He eventually paid off the Clubs debts and, armed with just a spade, set about re-building the course, while his wife, Gladys looked after the ‘shed’ that was the Clubhouse, where the 11th green now stands. As Brian Huggett MBE wrote: ‘it is always nice to relate success stories and when they are about a fellow professional, then it is even more of a pleasure.

Today, there is a fine testing 18-hole golf course, a more recent Clubhouse with all amenities, a healthy membership and a most popular venue for visitors.

As Peter Alliss wrote, If you want to become involved in one of the really nice things in golf, go along to the New Forest Golf club and have a game; in these days of high powered chrome fronted clubhouses, it is nice to get among the real people in golf.

The Course is laid out in a typical stretch of the New Forest, on high but flat ground near the village of Lyndhurst and is enclosed on three sides by forest. The clubhouse is situated at the end of a drive leading off the A35 road, which runs between Southampton and Bournemouth, on the way between Ashurst and Lyndhurst. Lyndhurst is the capital of the New Forest and is an excellent centre for exploring this part of Hampshire.

The Club has an unrivalled reputation for friendship, social activities and golf competitions and is unique in its Sunday morning competition. Every Sunday morning at half past eight, 120 members report to the Club and using 11 starting tees, play a competition. At 1.15pm they are in the Clubhouse, winners being presented with their trophies by the Club Captain. What an atmosphere is created – no wonder the place is so popular and the 120 members lucky enough to get their names on the starting sheet, the envy of all other golfers.

Then in 1996 Ross Macdonald purchased the Club. Ross, a keen golfer himself and with a sincere passion for the New Forest environment achieved his aim to provide enjoyable and affordable golf for all.

In May 2004 the Club was then purchased by the members and, with their backing and energy and enthusiasm, they are looking to take the club forward, whilst still keeping up the traditions of this great old club. Since acquiring the club the members have invested significantly in the course and clubhouse and planning approval has been obtained for additional improvements to the clubhouse and catering facilities. Membership continues to grow and the future looks bright.

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New Forest Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in Hampshire and is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We function in an area where conservation of the unique playing environment is high on the list of our priorities. We seek to preserve the special feel of our long established course in a way which is sympathetic to both the wildlife and the surrounding countryside. We use only closely monitored fertilisers and herbicides on our greens to ensure the long-term sustainability of wildlife.

New Forest Golf Club - Lyndhurst
8 miles west of Southampton on the A35.
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