I’m fortunate enough to have Broadstone as one of the clubs that holds a reciprocal arrangement with the club where I’m a member, and earlier this month came my second opportunity to play here.
The first thing I have to remark upon is the vast area of rolling ground that Broadstone covers. You’re provided with some great views along the way from an array of elevated tees and greens. Both times I’ve played the course now, the heather has been beautifully in bloom and covers an expanse of land far beyond the immediate areas that come into play.
The opening and closing few holes have more of a parkland likeness and water is brought into play on some of these holes with streams to avoid across the 1st and 17th and a large pond short of the green on the 2nd. However, it’s away from the clubhouse across the higher ground where the real heathland terrain becomes more visual. There are two stretches of the course where the standout holes are sequenced, the 5th to the 9th and again from 13th to 16th. The short 5th is the start of the climb and provides a chance of a birdie, although only the brave will use their driver to take on the green as there is trouble all the way down the right-hand side. This is followed by a glorious uphill par three, make sure you take enough club as the trouble here is all short. The long par four 7th hole is even better and consensus would probably agree that this is the best hole on the course. The drive is blind to anything hit to the right-hand side and anything left is a lost ball. Even if you manage a solid tee shot, you have to overcome two large depressions in the fairway and play an approach from what will almost certainly be an uneven lie across a gaping bunker in front of the green. Take the opportunity to soak in the views around this hole, preferably at the halfway house, and you’ll see that the course and the countryside merge seamlessly. 8 is another excellent short hole whilst 9 is a double dogleg par 5 with an exposed green and a single tree perfectly placed on the right side of the fairway that creates the difficulty in attempting to hit the green in two.
Jumping onto the second stretch of great holes, not to say that the intervening holes are a poor standard, but 13 is a hole that will leave you scratching your head in thought over how to play the approach as there is a large ravine to the front left hand side of the green. I find that a running shot to the right of this ravine will allow your ball to roll towards the centre of the green for what makes a very pleasing approach to execute. Then comes 14 which is a beauty. You hit from another raised tee, over a fairway deep below to a gradual rising fairway protected by a line of bunkers positioned at a diagonal in front of the green. A well guarded par three is then followed by the intriguing 16th with its fairway at a 45 degree angle to the tee.
Broadstone and Parkstone are two excellent courses that both present a fantastic day’s golf and if you can afford a tour of the area, throw in Ferndown and the Isle of Purbeck and you’ll have a very enjoyable tour on your hands. I still have to play Remedy Oak to complete the county’s top 5, but having heard plenty of praise for that course too, Dorset represents one of my favourite counties for top quality, yet affordable golf.
These comments expand on my previous post on 11 August 2015.
I visited Broadstone as the guest of a member on 21 May 2017. I have had the joy of playing this wonderful course many times over the past 5 years or so and I’m glad to say it’s never looked better.
It is obvious that a lot of work is going into the levels of presentation and it is paying off handsomely. The approaches to the greens look fantastic. So too do run off areas which appear to have been introduced on some of the holes which are a great little touch. I also like the addition of the lower tier to the front of the 8th green.
The greens were in good condition, rolling nice and true at a medium pace. Other areas of the course, tees, fairways and semi rough were in excellent order. I’m also glad to say the work to the bunkers seems to have now settled in really well.
In my opinion, Broadstone deserves its reputation as the best course in Dorset. The course is in fantastic condition and the hard work is paying dividends. If anyone is considering a game here then you won’t be disappointed; it is a wonderful place to play golf.
Broadstone is a wonderful golf course on a truly amazing property in an area of the country that is quickly establishing itself as a region for top class golf.
Traversing some superb golfing terrain it is an idyllic place to play golf with a spaciousness that few other courses can boast.
After an impressive opening hole, a par five that requires you to be on your toes from the off, with bunkers, a mass of heather and a stream to avoid the course enjoys a run of scenic par fours that decrease in length from the 400 yard uphill second through to the driveable fifth.
The next three holes are all truly excellent. The sixth and eighth are both par three’s that look stunning thanks in part to the new bunkering whilst the hole in between them must rank as one of the finest par fours in golf.
As you walk onto the tee at the seventh you are stopped dead in your tracks with the beauty and breadth of the hole. Before you even strike a ball you wonder in amazement at just how you are to reach the green some 422 yards away that glimmers in the distance on the other side of a huge ravine. It’s a true jaw-dropping moment. The first time visitor may not initially know where the fairway begins or ends but as it turns out you can aim a lot further right than you think and a longer drive to the top of a steep incline will give you a much easier second shot. It’s a hole of epic proportions and typifies the superb elevation changes throughout the entire round at Broadstone.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.
Played on 9 March. Played in the spring sunshine and thoroughly enjoyed the course. Maybe not quite as "pretty" as Parkstone but definitely had more wow holes including 5, 7 and 14. I have played over 85 of B&i top 100 and the 7th is in my top 10 holes. Other terrific holes include 6, 13, 15 & 16. Very good golf course
Visited on the 11 July for the first time. What a fantastic golf course, every hole has numerous features which make the course stand out. The professional was extremely welcoming, providing plenty of advice and direction. This is a course that requires a certain amount of local knowledge and when I visit again I will certainly be playing some of the holes differently. The only downside was the greens a number of which are currently suffering although the green staff are working hard to recover the situation.
I am pleased that the welcome was good and that you found the course fantastic. The greens are now much improved and we look forward to welcoming you back and for you to see the course in its full glory!
Played here in May 2016 as part of 3 day trip to Dorset area staying in Bournemouth. Played broadstone on a warm and windy afternoon. Welcome was nice from both pro shop and club house. Course was in good condition. Greens were good as was fairway and rough. I think it's a marmite kind of course, either love it or hate it. But generally we loved it. Except that's it's quite a long hilly walk when carrying your bag!
Would visit again if in the area.
Was more expensive than other courses we played, but worth paying that little bit extra.
Really glad that you enjoyed your visit, thank you for taking the time to review.
This was our second visit here, having previously visited in 2014 and was the third day of five of our Dorset tour. Coincidentally the same day as the previous review.
This is a beautiful course, worthy of its ranking as number 1 for the county when the greens are at the (normal) best – we originally tried to book in at Parkstone, but they couldn’t accommodate us so we returned to Broadstone instead (the cost is very similar). Interestingly we were told by a few different people on our travels that Broadstone is significantly the better of the two – although we can’t vouch for that ourselves.
The day we played there the greens were being ‘repaired’, and as a result we were offered an immediate discount to the winter green fee rate, which we felt was a very generous offer. The greens themselves therefore weren’t great but they were playable, albeit a bit bobbly. Clearly the standards are high at Broadstone, and we do know from our previous visit there that the greens are normally very high quality, although probably not as fast as Ferndown’s where we played the following day.
Broadstone offers a stern but fair challenge to the average golfer – in places its fairly demanding off of the tee with the potential to “run-off” fairways all too easy, but the holes are varied and offer some spectacular scenery. Its definitely one of those courses that’s good to play more than once, to know the layout and clubbing required at some of the holes. Having said that, it’s largely very fair and simply requires good golf to score well.
Particular mention for the 7th hole – effectively a blind tee shot followed by a long shot in across a ravine of sorts – not for the faint-hearted !
All-in-all, a stiffer test than Ferndown but we felt worth the green fee rate.
Thank you for your kind review, the greens are now much improved and we look forward to welcoming you back to see for yourselves.
Played the course on July 7th as part of our tour of Dorset courses. Nice fairways, tee boxes, bunkers and a challenging interesting golf course but the greens were well below average. I would be surprised if the green keeper is not aware that he has a serious issue and it is not a simple fix.
I am glad that you enjoyed other aspects of the course and apologies that yes, we have had some issues with the greens during the later part of June and early July. They are improving now and we look forward to welcoming you back when they are in better condition.
This is a proper golfers golf course. It’s set on natural terrain rolling through the Dorset heathland with rugged bunkers and slick greens. We had so much fun. The course is short on the scorecard but plays much longer with large elevation changes and a meagre par 70.
There are some standout holes. I loved the par 3 6th hole, it forces you to make take on a bold shot carrying your ball over a ravine to the back of the green. Those that do will be rewarded with a bank at the back of the green to carry you ball down to the hole. The 13th and 14th are a fantastic pair of par 4s, 13 is brutal hole which tests you on both your drive and then a long 2nd into a hanging green - 14 gives you something back with a stunning elevated drive and a chance at birdie.
Overall it was a great day of golf; Broadstone has many parallels with Sunningdale New and in my opinion was as fun if not more fun to play. It’s superior to many of the more famous Surrey courses and very welcoming to visitors. I wish I was a member.