Ham Manor Golf ClubOff icial Brochure 2014
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The Course and its History
Take the Course Tour
The Professional Team at Ham Manor Golf Club
Services from the Professional Shop
Golf Membership Details and How to Join
Visitors and Societies
Clubhouse and Restaurant
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Ham Manor Golf Club is set in beautiful countryside on the Ham Manor Private Estate in the picturesque village of Angmering in West Sussex. Originally named Goring Hall Golf Club, it soon boasted stars of stage and screen amongst its members, including Teddy Knox, Charlie Nervo ( both of Crazy Gang fame) and later in the 1940s, entertainer Arthur Askey. The square-cut Georgian mansion which affords the club such excellent facilities today was once the home of the Gratwicke
family. The mansion was built in 1822 by Sir William Gratwicke a well-known racehorse owner and trainer. He achieved two Derby successes in 1829 and 1845 with horses called Frederick, a rank outsider with a 60 year old jockey on board, and Merry Monarch. Under the trees near the 18th green a simple headstone with the inscription Frederick 1837 marks the final resting place of Williams favourite horse. It was the building of the canal at the mouth of the River Arun and the creation of a new harbour at Littlehampton which
finally drained the entire Ham Manor area in the early part of the 19th century, but it was to be another 100 years before it became a golf course. It was worth the wait! Our majestic 18-hole parkland course offers a golfing challenge to savour. The layout dates back to 1937 when Henry Cotton, Jimmy Adams and the Whitcombe brothers played an exhibition match to mark the official opening. Designed by Harry Colt, his other courses include Royal Portrush and Wentworth. Playing to 6,247 yards and a par of 70 off the
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white tees, it is a true test of golf.
Fine bladed and springy underfoot, the grass gives perfect fairway lies.
The greens are pretty special too, producing absolutely true, even-paced playing surfaces with subtle borrows , and our Course Manager is a Master Greenkeeper, one of only 63 in the World!
The course, though, is only part of the Ham Manor experience. Our clubhouse is a magnificent grade 2 listed Manor House where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink, a tasty snack or a delicious sit-down meal in splendid surroundings. Sunday lunches and informal supper evenings are a regular and popular feature. In addition to golf, the club has a lively and varied social side with members playing bridge and regularly enjoying entertainment in the clubhouse.It is possible to play several
other sports here including croquet and carpet bowls. We also have a magnificent snooker room housing three top quality tables, and a room set aside for table tennis. The venue and surroundings are also perfect for weddings, functions and conferences. A visit to Ham Manor is not to be missed. We hope you come to see us soon.
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The course is a very easy walk being relatively flat, with 2 distinctive loops of very different 9 holes. The front nine wends its way through the Ham Manor Estate and is bordered by some lovely properties including some of the original thatched homes. There are a number of holes that require strategic thought and accuracy to give you the foundation to attack the wider fairways of the back 9 holes.
The back nine is completely rural with pleasant and tranquil views over the surrounding farmland and downs. It features both the par fives, one is the closing hole, and together with two lengthy par fours and a 200-yard par three it often seems more difficult than the outward nine. Although there are only two par fives they are both over 500 yards long and the short holes range from 143 to more than 200 yards. In addition there are several par fours in excess of 400 yards.
Albeit not within sight or sound of the sea, Channel breezes can make a significant contribution to the difficulties of this delightful course. When the golf course designers moved on to the site they found a wealth of natural features despite the basic flatness of the area. There are two or three small, but significant, changes in level and some marvellous sweeping contours in the terrain as it moves from open countryside through trees, bushes and shrubs. In addition to the natural
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tree cover of the estate, Sir William Gratwicke had cultivated beautiful gardens around the manor with fine stretches of lawn enclosed by yew hedges and some notably rare trees. There are good practice facilities to be enjoyed at Ham Manor, with 2 separate practice greens, one for putting only, the other to practice bunker shots and chipping, both of which are prepared to the same standard of those on the course.
There is also a large practice area which is adjacent to the 18th fairway. Tommy Horton, who was the Professional at Ham Manor Golf Club for many years, used his Ryder Cup skills and his intimate knowledge of the course to set a professional course record of 62 in 1970. In 1987, the amateur course record of 64 was achieved by Farrell Wieland, and this has been equalled twice
since, unusually both being recorded on the same day in an open Amateur tournament in 1991.
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Take the Course Tour
Prepare for your visit to Ham Manor by familiarising yourself with each hole over the coming pages and make the most of your round with our hole-by-hole guide. You can prepare yourself for the challenges that await, as well as pick up some invaluable playing tips from our club professional, Jon Nicholas
Hole 1, white 400 yards (5) par 4, yellow 392 yards, red 378 yards (12) par 5Arguably the best opening par 4 in Sussex. Out of bounds down the left, your drive needs to be well down the right side of the fairway, or at least level with the copse of firs, otherwise the green cannot be seen. Look out for the greenside bunker on the right which will catch any wayward shot. The green slopes from right to left and back to front.
Hole 2, white 361 yards (11), par 4, yellow 351 yards, red 318 yards (8)A straightforward par 4, but take care as the tee can tempt you into driving down the right. Big hitters will reach the bunkers on both sides of the fairway: the sensible shot is just right of centre short of the traps. A greenside bunker on the left is clearly visible, but the one on the right is not! The green is mainly flat. The rabbit fencing along the right hand side of the fairway is an immovable obstruction and does not form part of the boundary of the course.
Hole 3, white 375 yards (3), par 4, yellow 360 yards, red 344 yards (2) A blind tee shot over the brow of a hill leading down to the green which is the other side of a stream called the Black Ditch. The percentage tee shot is level with the bunkers which are dangerously placed on the left of the fairway on the brow of the hill. Big hitters can carry the bunkers and run down the sloping fairway and the ball should pull up short of the stream in front of the green. The second shot requires good club selection to carry the stream but not to overshoot the green which slopes gently from left to right and down towards the stream.
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Hole 4, white 182 yards (13), par 3, yellow 170 yards, red 152 yards (16)An excellent par 3 from the lower back tee. With a pot bunker short and left and a greenside bunker on the right, any pushed or sliced shot will end down in Dingly Dell. The green slopes left to right and front to back and is difficult to hold off the tee.
Hole 5, white 422 yards (1), par 4, yellow 410 yards, red 398 yards (10) par 5A long par 4 needing a good drive down the middle of the fairway to have a chance of seeing and reaching the green in two. Too far left off the tee and you will be blocked out by the trees, too far right and the rough and bushes will make your second shot difficult. Beware of the greenside bunkers on the right and the slope off the green on the left. A worthy stroke index 1.
Hole 6, white 352 yards (15), par 4, yellow 344 yards, red 334 yards (14)A relatively short dog-leg left. The aggressive line from the tee is over the fairway bunkers on the left. A right-hand greenside bunker catches any slightly wayward shot to the green which slopes from front to back and from right to left.
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Take the Course Tour Continued
Hole 7, white 349 yards (9), par 4, yellow 338 yards, red 309 yards (6)Another short par 4 with a left to right dog-leg off the tee and with strategically placed trees on the right making it a challenging drive. You need to be left off the tee to avoid the trees on the right but go too far and the bunker on the edge of the fairway will catch you. The