The course was completed in 1935 although it wasn’t until after the war that it was playable throughout the year. The course was designed by five times British Open Champion J H Taylor, the professional at Royal Winchester. There have been some changes to the course since then, including the addition of ditches and ponds.
The course used to be involved in hosting professional events and was once an Open Qualifier venue.
The prestigious Southampton Mens Amateur Open is still held on the course in June.
It turns out that in 2013 it was being held on the day we’d booked – so we’re now visiting a week earlier than planned.