Dunwood Manor Golf Club, Danes Road, Awbridge, Hants.
The club was opened in November 1970 by Southampton footballer, Ron Davies, who hit the opening tee shot. (confusing, as other foundation dates found were 1969, 1972 and 1973). Dunwood Manor was a picturesque and challenging eighteen-hole parkland golf course with stunning views it was bounded by ancient woodland.
All the usual facilities were available including an oak beamed clubhouse, modern changing facilities, professional shop and a large practice ground. Self-catering breaks were also offered in Dunwood's fairway golf lodges or farmhouse.
In the mid 1970s the secretary was Mrs R Gabb and the professional was J Reynolds. Green Fees were £1.10p. Membership was 300.
In the early 1980s the secretary was still Mrs R Gabb. The professional was Clive Bonner. The course measured 6,021 yards with a SSS of 69. Amateur course record holder; M Sullivan, 64. Green fees had risen to £4.60.
Later in the 1980s the secretary was B Foster. The professional was G Stubbington. The course measured 6,004 yards with a SSS of 69. Course records were; A Devlin (amateur), 71; G Stubbington (professional), 69. Membership of 600. Green fees £8.
In the early 1990s the club manager was P Dawson, secretary was Mrs H Johnson. The course measured 5,865 yards, SSS 69. Course records were; D Harris (amateur), 69; G Stubbington (professional), 61. Membership of 700. Green fees £15.
By the late 1990s the course measured 5,474 yards, SSS 68. Green fees were £20.
In 2004 the professional was Heath Techner who moved from Paultons Golf Centre in 1998. Green fees £26.
Below is the card of the course.
Due to changes made in the layout of the course through the years the above scorecard and yardage chart may not match exactly in length but the shape would have remained much the same.
The club and course received many positive reviews, the one following is from 2008 – “Course in excellent condition and a real pleasure to play, the staff at the club are friendly and helpful. Not the longest course in the world but some challenging holes and well worth a visit”
The club at closure was owned by Brook Enterprises who notified the members by letter in 2011 that it had come to a “very tough decision” to close the club in May 2012. The move was met with anger by the 460 members. Club captain, Jeff Ashford, resigned following the notification. He was replaced by Colin Andrews. Staff prior to closure; professional, Heath Teschner; assistant professional, James Fairlie; secretary, Hazel Johnson; greenkeeper, Jason Buckmaster.
The Google Map below shows the location of the course.