Fleming Park Golf Club, Eastleigh, Hants.
A lovely nine/eighteen hole well maintained and popular municipal course designed by Charles Lawrie and situated in Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh. The club received good reviews praising the well maintained course and the helpful staff. The course measured nearly 4,300 yards and had a par and SSS of 65. It was situated on undulating ground and was dissected by the M3 motorway. Holes eleven to fifteen were on the northern side and one to ten and sixteen to eighteen were on the southern side. The course opened in 1973 with nine holes, in 1980 a further nine holes were added.
In the mid 1970s the secretary was P J Donovan. The professional was D Miller who also held the nine-hole course record of 31. Green fees were 30p.
In the early 1980s the secretary was B R Saunders. The professional was D Miller. It was listed as an 18-hole course of 4,494 yards with a SSS of 62. Course records; amateur, J Butcher; professional, D Miller. Green fees £2.
In the early 1990s D Miller was still professional. The course now measured 4,436 yards with a SSS of 63. Course records; amateur, D Cox 62; professional, J Hay 61.
In 2004 the address was the “New Clubhouse”, Passield Avenue. The professional was Chris Strickett. The course designer was Charles Lawrie.
Between 1984 and 1991the Fleming Park Golf Course was host to the European Ladies Tour with the “Eastleigh Classic” tournament which was sponsored by Bloor Homes. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of the housing market in the 1990s, the sponsorship ceased.
Due to the declining numbers of golfers and the inevitable drop in income the Eastleigh Borough Council decided to close the loss-making course in 2008. The authority voted in November to convert the 71 acre site into a leisure area for walkers and cyclists. The management company which ran the course stated that numbers had dropped from 67,000 in 1993 to 28,000 at closure.
The Google Map below pinpoints the location of the former course.