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Osborne Golf Club was a golfing legacy left by Queen Victoria, Empress of India.

The nine hole golf course is situated in the estate of Osborne House. In 1892 the golf course consisted of two holes for the Royal Household only.

In 1904 a nine hole course was built making a course of outstanding beauty with fairways which sweep towards the Osborne Bay.
Over the years the Clubhouse has grown from a wooden hut with no bar (and no electricity until 1960). A fully furnished Clubhouse was built and unfortunately this was burnt to the ground in October 1975.
A new Clubhouse was built on the site of the old one and was open by the summer of 1976. The Clubhouse underwent extensive building work in 1990 and in 2007 further extensions being made to the Clubhouse to provide new gents' and ladies' locker rooms, and a refurbished lounge.

The total length of the course is 6,358 yards off the white tees with a SSS and a par of 70.

The course having four "par 3s", two "par 5s" and twelve "par 4s".

All the holes are challenging particularly the 7th/16th  which has a length of 433 yds played through a beautifully tree lined fairway.

When reachinq the green of this hole it is possible at times to hear the lapping of the waves on the shore of Osborne Bay which is only 200 yards away.
A feature unique to a British golf course is Osborne's elephant pit positioned adjacent to the 7th green.

Local folklore states that Queen Victoria who had received elephants from the Indian Government had the eIephants bathed in this pit.

The whole course offers panoramic views of the mainland towns of Portsmouth, Gosport and Lee-on-Solent.

Visitors to the course often comment on the tranquillity in which they can play their round of golf. 
The storms of 1987 destroyed many trees but  due to the extensive tree lined fairways this has not affected the natural beauty of the course.

The members rallied round to cut massive branches off the fallen trees to ensure that golf could resume within just two weeks.

The storm also killed many of the red squirrels for which the whole estate is renowned.

The Isle of Wight is one of only two places in Britain where the red squirrel survives.
If you are planning to play golf on the Isle of Wight, Osborne Golf Club should be added to your itinerary.
It is an enjoyable course to play and the longest on the island. We hope you have a pleasant day at Osborne Golf Club and enjoy the facilities that are available.

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