Standing on the first tee, ready to start your round, it is easy to be lulled into thinking you are in for a comfortable round, a gentle par 4 to set you off, but you had better be straight, for this hole has been the scene of many ruined cards, as well as eagles and birdies. The second makes you aware that there are tougher times ahead, an uphill par 4 bordered by an avenue of conifers. The fourth hole brings you to the first real changes in elevation, a drive over the hill down to the fairway, and a second up to an enclosed green. Then you are into the Romsey equivalent of Amen Corner. Two uphill par threes separated by a beautiful long par four that winds down the valley from an elevated tee, and rightly given stroke index one. This hole, the 6th, is undoubtedly the signature hole, and has been photographed many times over the years, look through an old handbook and that will be the shot you will see. Get through without dropping a shot and you can pat yourself on the back. Finish the front nine with two par fours, not long but both with the dangers of the trees and the rivulet lurking for the wayward shot.
The back nine begins with a pretty downhill par three, a nice short iron to a receptive green, before you enjoy the delights of the half-way house, and another friendly welcome, a chance to recharge the batteries for the finishing holes. A run of par fours, with doglegs, fairways through the trees, and good bunkering, which places good driving at a premium and makes accurate approach shots essential. The finishing stretch comprises three tempting par fours, the fifteenth is drivable- if you dare, then a walk back to the 18th tee, nestling against the boundary fence. An uphill par five back to the clubhouse, is a fine finishing hole, it is reachable in two shots, but only for the very long and straight hitters. If you have beaten your handicap, you have done very well, and will certainly be in the minority. On a sunny day, if you found time, as the saying goes, to stop to smell the roses, and take in the views, especially from either the sixth or eighth tees, you will have had a real bonus.
Situated in rolling countryside less than a mile from J3 of the M27, Romsey Golf Club is an oasis of beauty on the edge of Southampton. Described by a journalist as ‘A real woodland gem’ the course makes its way through undulating ground with tree lined fairways, raised greens and deep bunkers. Although not a long course, 5718 yards par 69 for men, its tight lines will provide a test of golf for all calibre of player. A warm welcome waits on the 11th tee where a refreshment cabin can supply hot and cold drinks and a variety of hot and cold snacks.
Please click on the links below for an interesting course review prior to a Pro-Am practice round: