A splendidly scenic and rolling Peter Alliss design - it was built on steeply undulating forest land - which meanders through mature timber and is usually found in tip-top condition. Spectacularly opened in 1992 with an exhibition match involving legends Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros.
Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss were commissioned to create Old Thorns following the death of original architect John Harris in the mid-1970s. And they combined to create a par-72 parkland beauty placed firmly the map in the early 1980s with an official opening exhibition match involving Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Isao Aoki and then Open champion Bill Rogers. Today, thickly tree-lined and wonderfully undulating, Old Thorns has developed into an outstanding layout.
Various forms of wildlife inhabit this classic parkland amidst scenic countryside among North Hampshire rolling hills. Lined by mature trees, you also have to avoid a number of lakes and streams to conquer this Peter Alliss beauty.
The magnificent Old Thorns golf course winds its way through the verdant rolling hills of the estate and offers fantastic views at every turn. Mature trees, natural springs, lakes and testing bunkers give real character to the golf course which, while kind to the less experienced golfer, holds some surprises for the golfer who enjoys a challenging round.
Old Thorns’ team of resident PGA professionals offers tuition on the driving range, chipping area, putting green or on the golf course itself. The PGA-approved pro shop stocks a wide range of golf merchandise and also hires out buggies, trolleys, graphite clubs and golf shoes.
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