Meon Valley Marriott Hotel and Country Club, is widely regarded as one of the leading golf venues in the South of England and that’s no surprise given the standard of its two fine courses designed by course architect Hamilton J Stutt.
Opened at the end of the 1970s, the Championship Course winds its way between lakes, streams and wooded areas with a fine selection of long and short holes. What it lacks in length is more than made up for by its tight landing areas and well guarded greens.
The signature hole is the 153 yard par 3 12th, which is played from an elevated tee to a green protected at the front by water. The green on the tight par 4 2nd is also difficult to hit in regulation figures and the same can be said on the delightful dog leg par 4 5th.
The Valley Course is slightly less demanding but provides excellent entertainment for the golfer who does not have the time to play a full 18 holes. It is built around the ruins of a Roman village and features well-protected, manicured fairways and beautifully designed greens.
The most memorable hole on the Valley Course is arguably the 339 yard par 4 1st where there is an out-of-bounds down the right and the green is protected by a river at the front. Our tip: you’ll need to hit the ball straight in order to score well.
Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Sandy Lane, Shedfield, Hampshire, SO32 2HQ
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