Bramshaw Golf Club

Bramshaw Golf Club

Bramshaw – Forest Course 6th Hole

Bramshaw Golf Club is the oldest in Hampshire!

The original course, now known as the Forest, was originally built by a local resident/landowner called Philip de Crespigny, for the entertainment of his weekend guests in about 1865. It was built partly in his large garden at Roundhill and partly on Brook Common. There were no other golf courses in Hampshire at that time and no records can be found to show that he had permission to build his!

The many natural features of the New Forest, particularly the rise and fall of the land and the stream that runs through the far side of the course (“Kings Garn Gutter”), made it easy to create golf holes of great interest and ones that required the skills of a seasoned links golfer to master. Without any form of mechanical assistance, the major part of the work was either done by hand or with the assistance of horses from local farms.

Together with another local landowner, John Jeffries, they formed Bramshaw Golf Club and Bramshaw Cricket Club (which is alongside the 18th fairway) in 1880, a fact documented in the R&A Handbook. There were fourteen entrants in its first ever Monthly Medal, which was won by Philip de Crespigny (playing off scratch) with a total of 174 for 36 holes. By the third competition they reduced it to just 18 holes! After a period in the 1890’s when the club had just 9 holes, it formed a partnership with a new local club at Lyndhurst (who also had 9 holes). The combined club, calling themselves New Forest Golf Club, had the unique feature of the front and back nine holes being over 5 miles apart!

The course at Brook Common was extended to 18 holes in the first decade of the 20th Century and the partnership was dissolved in 1913. It was not until 1945 that the club obtained a formal Forestry Commission permit to play golf there. 1952 saw the clubhouse move to the Bell Inn just down the road and the following year it became a Private Limited Company. Sir Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre was closely involved in both of these events and he and his family became owners of the Bramshaw Golf Club a couple of years later, a very natural extension to The Bell Inn, which had been owned by the family since the 1870’s.The next major development was the building of a new 18-hole mature parkland course, the Manor, which opened in 1971 with a measured length of 6,527 yards. The existing clubhouse followed in 1983.

The Manor Course

Map of course

Built in 1970, the first class Manor Course is gently undulating, with excellent fairways that demand accurate tee and good approach shots to the well manicured greens: there really isn’t an easy hole on the Course.

Forest Course

Map of course

Built in 1880, the Forest Course is the oldest course in Hampshire and with its open aspects and rolling heathland, is in complete contrast to the Manor Course. The ever-changing scenery of humps, hollows and meandering streams test golfing skills and judgement within an idyllic setting. The prospect of a deer emerging from the trees or a mare chivvying her foal across the fairway gives the Forest Course a special and unique appeal.

Society Golf

Societies are welcome at Bramshaw Golf Club! Winter Society Specials now available

Our club staff and Professional will make you extremely welcome and are very keen to work with you to make your day with us a successful one. Please call Anna or Stuart on 023 8081 3433 (option 4) or e-mail us ( ) to enquire about availability.

Summer 2019 Green Fees: applicable from 1st April until 31st October

  • Green fees are payable in the Pro-shop by cash, cheque, Debit or Credit Card.
  • Please call the pro-shop on 023 8081 3434 to ask about starting times of twilight green fees
  • “Members Guest” discounted rates may not be used in conjuction with any other offer
  • The Junior “Member’s Guest” rates are as a guest of an adult Member only
  • County Card holder rates are the same as “Member’s Guest” rates but apply to the Forest Course on

Stay and play: Residential golf at Bramshaw Golf Club

Bramshaw Golf Club is, quite understandably, very popular with golfing visitors. It is the ideal place because of the flexibility created by having two contrasting 18-hole courses (play 18, 27, 29 or 36 holes), our location (just one minute off the M27) in the beautiful New Forest and accommodation right next to the Clubhouse/18th green (the jointly owned Bell Inn Hotel). Call us at the Bell Inn Hotel on 023 8081 2214 for availability and prices.

Contact Us

General Manager

Andy Rideout : 023 8081 3433 (option 4)

Office opening hours: 
Monday to Friday 

8:00am – 4:00pm.

Golf Secretary Anna Cooper : 023 8081 3433 (option 4)
Professional Clive Bonner : 023 8081 3434
Bar & Catering Manager Amanda Tavener : 023 8081 4628
Course Manager Jason Buckmaster
Postal Address Brook, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7HE

Office :  023 8081 3433 (option 4)

Pro-shop: 023 8081 3434
Catering : 023 8081 4628



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