Course Maintenance week. Winter rules are now in place. Putting green closed. 18a starting hole. No general score cards. Updated: 3rd Oct 2022
Hockley is built on free draining chalk downland, which means it remains playable in all but the harshest of winter conditions. We rarely need to use temporary greens or tees and, as a result, members and visitors have the chance to play meaningful golf year-round.
We are naturally gifted with a James Braid course, on a beautiful piece of land set within the South Downs National Park. The course starts by meandering gently up a valley before reaching the top of the downland and the stunning views across the city of Winchester and south towards the coast. On a clear day you can make out the Isle of Wight in the distance. The walk is pretty much on the level from that point, except for some minor changes in elevation, as it horseshoes across the downs and then descends over the final hole back towards the clubhouse.
The course has benefited from significant recent improvements and more work is planned to ensure that it continues to provide the best possible playing surfaces.
Straight is always good here - long hitters can go slightly right of centre to avoid running out of fairway. The second, if you are not going for the green, should be played just right of centre and this will leave a pitch to the raised green. The green itself slopes from back to front with a tier in it - if the pin is on the back level you need to be there too for a chance of a birdie.