Parkstone - Dorset - England

Parkstone Golf Club,
49a Links Road,
Poole,
Dorset,
BH14 9QS,
England


  • +44 (0) 1202 707138

  • Golf Club Website

  • 3 miles W of Bournmouth

  • Contact in advance - handicap certificate required

  • Michael Sawicki

  • Willie Park Junior, James Braid

  • Martyn Thompson


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We’ve classified Parkstone Golf Club as a seaside heathland course. It’s certainly not a traditional links and neither is it very far inland. It's an unusual and unique course, located on a beautiful sandy tract of undulating heathland, affording magnificent views across Poole Bay and Poole Harbour. The fairways are lined with the delights of pine and heather and the picture in spring is an especially pretty one when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

The land was originally part of Lord Wimborne’s Canford Estate that stretched all the way from Wimbourne to Sandbanks, a natural peninsula, jutting into the sea at the entrance to Poole Harbour. The Water Company built two reservoirs and a pump house. Little did they know the water would come in handy to irrigate the new golf course that Willie Park Junior laid out in 1909. The great revisionist, James Braid, appeared on the scene in 1932 and Parkstone was subsequently lengthened and altered.

Little has changed since Braid’s alterations. The course presents a delightfully tranquil and varied challenge amongst the heather and pine. Parkstone is not overly long, measuring 6,300 yards from the back tees, but it’s sufficiently challenging for golfers of all levels. You cannot help but be taken in by the charms of Parkstone and the mesmerising experience.

This is ‘Alliss’ country. Peter Alliss learned his trade down the road at Ferndown where his dad, Percy, was the professional for 25 years. Peter became the professional at Parkstone in 1957 and remained at the club until 1970. Percy and Peter Alliss became the first family on either side to have father and son representation in the Ryder Cup. The Garrido family joined the Alliss family in the father and son record books in 1997 when Ignacio was a member of the winning 1997 Ryder Cup Team at Valderrama.

We thoroughly recommend a trip to Parkstone. It is a gorgeous place to play golf and it’s an interesting and varied course to boot.

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Reviews for Parkstone

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Played on 7 March. Just a fabulous golf course which oozes charm. The first hole sets the tone and is beautiful with the bank of heather on the left hand side of fairway and green. All the par 3s are wonderful especially 7 and 14. The pick of the other holes were 4, 5, 9, 10, 15, 17 & 18. Very enjoyable round

March 10, 2017


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Dan Hare
March 11, 2017

Thanks for your Dorset reviews, we are swinging through there in May, very handy to have a single "voice" review the courses, think we'll play Liphook and Ferndown.

Stunning; revisiting Parkstone for the first time in 25 years have to say recent reviews are not wrong. The conditioning of the whole course was excellent with quick greens, beautifully presented tees, fairways and bunkers and blessed with banks of heather; I can't think of a course that I have played that was in better condition so full credit to the greenstaff. The course is very much heathland and has 5nr par 5's and 5nr par 3's which provides much variety, and although not long it is punishing if you are off-line. Changes in elevation with a number of elevated tees are a real feature. No real stand out holes as all were good, although I thought the par 3 14th seemed like a bit of a fill-in, after the superb par 4 13th. Fantastic par 3 finishing hole. Food and clubhouse also excellent and only negative was a 5 hour round. I prefer Parkstone to Ferndown and Broadstone, and it is very close to getting a 6 ball, but it probably just lacks a few tough par 4's. A great place for a days golf

August 12, 2016


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I had the pleasure of playing here in may & it had been over 8 years since I had last been to this course, & the course has changed quite a lot in this time, the work undertaken by the club really shows with the playing surfaces both greens & fairways being in great nick.Gone are quite a few trees from close to the greens which has made a big difference to the greens & with new & better bunkering the whole course was in very good condition.When you look at the card it’s not the longest course but with the undulation of the land it makes the course play harder.This course has some very good & pretty holes the first 4 holes have it all a nice opening hole to get you into the round followed by a good par 3 then a tee shot over water to a par 5 that is a good birdie chance then a short par 4 which is risk & reward, the rest of the course has this kind of mix so all your game will get a good work out.All in all a very good golf course & club house which I would say is well worth a visit. (handicap 1)
November 19, 2015


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After Isle of Purbeck a delightful contrast at Parkstone. Course in great condition particularly liked the stripping of the tees. My first experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Trouble lurks if offline but a score can be had if straight and true. Parts of the course reminded me of Hindhead GC. Thought the par threes all strong particularly 16 & 18. Overall feeling was how fair the course and the set up was. Very pleasant reception in the clubhouse.
April 20, 2015


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A good course that is improving all of the time, certainly much improved since my last visit around five years ago (tree removal, re-designed holes and presentation the main reasons). I think Parkstone are currently getting some important things spot-on – if golf is meant to be challenging and fun in a beautiful environment, then look no further. I see the course split into three sections; the first and last holes are on their own piece of land, then from the 2nd to 6th again on their own piece of land and this section of the course is great viewing as all holes can been seen for more or less anywhere. Then after crossing Lilliput Road the holes from the 7th tee to the 17th green twist and turn through the great heathland giving some lovely views especially from the highest point at between the 15th green and 16th tee. Now to some of my hole choices; driving at the par-5 3rd is a lot of fun, over water to a narrow fairway and then a semi-blind lay-up. The 7th hole is a strong par-3, uphill and with bunkering left, right and at the front, an extra club is a must. On the high 8th tee, do look left to take in the view over Poole Harbour, before taking on the short but dog-legging par-4. The 14th is a decent par-3, that has the green lower than the tee, although not all of it can be seen as the heath rises a little halfway to the hole – probably my favourite of the short holes but don’t miss on the left – virtually an impossible up and down! The drive at the 17th is certainly one of the most testing on the course, aiming over the heather mound down the right-side, may just put the green in reach, another blind-shot is needed though – what I really like about this hole is that you can play the hole all the way down the left and have no blind shots and hit the green in 3-shots with no problem at all but choose the right-side and you can reach in two but both shots are blind – very clever indeed. A course ending with a par-3 must deliver a very strong short hole and Parkstone does just that – up to 200 yards, over the valley, slightly downhill – this hole is a picture…….I think that the current position of 4th in county is a little low and I would say this is just behind Broadstone and the gap between the two has certainly closed in recent years and this is a huge pat on the back for Parkstone as Broadstone is on the up too. If I had one more Dorset round to play……it is a very tough call – I think I’ll sit on the fence – both courses are tremendous.
July 27, 2014


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I have played across the UK quite a bit over the last few years and I have yet to see a course presented to such a high level. The attention to detail and definition was as impressive as the greens. The new bunkers have made many of the holes more aesthetically pleasing as well as more challenging to the playerA bucket list entry for everyone....
June 23, 2014


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I have recently played in the Shankland Trophy for the 6th time and can say that the course is improving year on year. The greens, this year were fantastic, and the work completed on the course is very impressive. Congratulations to the club I will be returning next year.
May 18, 2014


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i have just played the Shankland trophy at Parkstone and the course is improving beyond belief. The condition of the greens are the best i have seen and the new bunkers have been well designed. i have visited Parkstone on many occasions over the last 55 years and i have never seen it in better condition.
May 15, 2014


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I have been playing at Parkstone for a number of years in the Shankland Memorial Trophy (early May) & have always enjoyed the course & the welcome in the clubhouse. This year the recent changes to the course - redesigned bunkers with patches of heather on top; clearing of some trees etc.; some redesigned greens & run-offs & much quicker greens - have almost matured. The quicker greens take some getting used to with several 4 putts being recorded by competitors! It is now even more challenging & certainly even more of a pleasure to play. Well done Parkstone.
May 12, 2014


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This was my 2nd visit to Parkstone (last one in 2012) and although I don't normally bother with reviews, the course was in such excellent condition I have broken the habit of a lifetime !!The whole course was beautifully presented and the greens actually were like carpets, probably better than some carpets.The layout itself is very picturesque and easy to walk. Difficulty can be dependant on wind and which tees used, but even relative novices should cope well and not lose many, if any, balls.If you have not played Parkstone before then do so, you will not be disappointed.
May 12, 2014


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