The New Course

The New Course

Ideal for the not so accomplished golfer, yet can also prove to be a challenge for the lower handicap player.

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The Old Course

The Old Course

Leckford Old Course is reported to be the finest and most challenging 9-hole course in the country, if not Europe.

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Leckford's a great choice for any golfer looking for a well maintained and established course; whether you're looking to improve your handicap, meet new friends or simply exercise in the beautiful surroundings, it offers a relaxed and friendly environment

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Course Status – Both courses to open from Wednesday 13th May 2020. Restrictions based on current guidance from the governing body (England Golf) apply, including the update on Monday afternoon allowing members to play with one person from outside of their household subject to maintaining social distancing; these may be updated at any time so please do check the latest information on our website before travelling to the courses and starting your round.

Leckford Golf Courses Covid-19 Restrictions

29th May 2020

Following yesterdays announcement by the Government we will be reviewing any changes on Monday 1st June and will post any changes onto the website. Restrictions are still in place, please see details below. Please can I ask that you all take the time to familiarise yourself with the new procedures; adherence with them will be the key to enabling golf courses to remain open. Signage will be in place to remind you of the procedures when you arrive.

I look forward to welcoming you all back onto the courses.

Social distancing must be maintained at all times

In line with the government restrictions, you must play alone or with a maximum of one other person; this will be monitored by the greenkeeping team as compliance is key to keeping the courses open.

Please ensure there is always a distance of at least 2 metres between you and any other golfer.

Temporary restrictions on play (to be removed if not considered necessary)

The courses will continue to be open from dawn until dusk allowing maximum opportunity for Partners and members to enjoy a round. We anticipate demand to be exceptionally high initially and therefore will place a temporary limit for all Partners and members of two rounds per week during peak times as shown below; outside of peak times, there are no restrictions on the number of visits. We hope you consider this to be fair as we aim to enable as many members as possible to benefit from the courses.

Peak times

Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 15.00

Saturday & Sunday: All day

On arrival

In line with our existing practice and recent feedback from members we are going to continue operating without formal tee times throughout this period; however, we will operate a queuing system to maintain social distancing and trust you will follow the procedures below. If you would like to know how busy the course is in advance of travelling, please do feel free to call and check with the greenkeeping team who will be happy to advise you.

The arrival procedure is designed to prevent any form of gathering and to maintain social distancing. This is the main change and now consists of three stages as follows:-

Golf Pavilions

The key change is that the pavilions are not to be used for social gatherings in line with government restrictions in respect of social distancing; as a result of this, the lounge area in each pavilion will be closed. Vending machines will not be available for use so please bring refreshments with you if required.

The changing facilities will not be available for use, please change shoes in the car park.

Toilet facilities will remain open. Please make use of soap and hand sanitiser available in both clubhouses and wash hands in accordance with displayed guidance.

We have increased the frequency of cleaning in the pavilions, in particular, payment desk surfaces, door handles, chip & PIN reader and vending machines. There will be wipes provided next to the card reader, please use these to clean the reader before and after use, disposing of these in the bin provided which will be emptied regularly.

On the course 

We will only be permitting one or two ball rounds at this time. Whilst largely limiting this to members, we will allow one guest per member. Please also note the following changes to standard practice:-

Golf buggies

Buggies are for solo use and only available to those individuals who are unable to play without them. Buggies will be cleaned after every outing.

Monthly Medal/Stableford competitions & Leckford Roll-ups

These will be suspended until further notice.

After your round

We are anticipating high demand from members to play the courses following the lockdown and therefore politely request that priority on the first tee is given to those members commencing their first round; this will help to ensure as many members as possible can benefit from the courses. If the queue is lengthy, please limit your round to 9 holes only; we will enforce this if necessary. Please note that there will be no societies for the foreseeable future which will help reduce traffic in the short term and offer members every opportunity to enjoy the courses at this difficult time.


The greenkeeping team will be on hand to help with any queries you may have with the new restrictions and will also be monitoring compliance to help ensure the courses can remain open and our members can enjoy the opportunity to play golf during these otherwise difficult times.



Leckford Golf Courses

Leckford Golf Courses are set in the charismatic village of the same name, sited overlooking the River Test; the river world famous for the quality of the trout fishing.  The golf courses are unique in many respects, comprising two distinct nine hole courses, each of which was designed by the most influential course architect of their age.  In the Edwardian era, Harry Colt was supreme, and in the modern Elizabethan age Donald Steel reigned, and the work of both is captured in the two courses at Leckford.

The estate and the golf courses are owned by the John Lewis Partnership, it is operated primarily for the use of Partners, their families and guests.  The Old Course was opened in 1929 and it has remained much as Colt designed it.  It is recognised as one of the finest and most challenging nine hole courses in the country, and fully justifies the description of being a 'hidden gem'.  The New Course is modern and creates the ideal complement to the Old, and the terrain of both is ideal, flint based chalk downland, with perfect drainage and excellent turf growing characteristics.  This means that the course is playable all the year round, and only snow or very severe frost close them for play.

There is no pay and play option at the courses, but visitors can play as members of golf societies, who are welcome.  Many are regular visitors, returning each year to enjoy the challenge of the Leckford courses.  A minimum number of eight players are required to book for one of the society packages.

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