Two challenging courses steeped in history
The Hartsbourne golf courses were first laid out in 1922 by F.G.Hawtree with his new business partner the 5-time Open Champion J.H.Taylor. Using their interest in the new science of greenkeeping and pioneering ideas in bunker construction they designed 27 characteristically individual holes that nestle effortlessly into the natural parkland. The partnership went on to design many more great courses during the inter-war years including the redevelopment of Royal Birkdale in 1932, in fact, the Hawtree dynasty is now the longest continuous practice in golf course architecture.
To meet the demands and expectations of today's golfer thoughtful improvements have taken place over the years by extending the drainage network, remodelling the streams that meander their way through the estate and the introduction of a state of the art irrigation system. These works coupled with the diligent professionalism of our green keepers mean the courses are presented in wonderful condition throughout the year.
Many famous golfers have played at Hartsbourne. In 1954 Dai Rees won the Goray Championship here when he played with young Peter Allis. Peter Oosterhuis holds the course record at Hartsbourne with a stunning 62 set in 1971.
Bernard and Geoff Hunt, the only brothers ever to represent Great Britain in the same Ryder Cup team, played on the professional circuit in the 50's 60's and 70's whilst being based at Hartsbourne Country Club. Our challenging 9-hole course, now named 'The Hunt Course', continues their family's long standing association with Hartsbourne.