The Dorset County Golf Union was founded in 1923 and there are now 34 member clubs affiliated to the Union. Dorset is therefore one of the smaller golfing counties in England, but despite the relatively modest number of county golf courses, the quality in Hardy Country is remarkably high.

Dorset Ladies County Golf Association was founded twelve years before the county’s male golf union and it has promoted the welfare and interests of female amateur golfers ever since. Today, nineteen clubs are affiliated to the association, with a combined membership in excess of 1.600 individual lady golfers.

Bridport & West Dorset, Isle of Purbeck, Lyme Regis, Sherborne, Came Down and Broadstone were among the early Dorset golf clubs, all of which were founded in the 1890s. Broadstone (1898), Ferndown (1923) and Parkstone (1909) are all located within a mile or so of each other and it’s these three clubs that continually vie for the moniker of Dorset’s Best In County golf course. But there’s a new kid on the Dorset block which is located half a dozen miles further north that is beginning to threaten the old guard. Remedy Oak was designed by John Jacobs and its setting in 250 acres of mature woodland gives the new kid a sense of maturity way beyond its tender years.

Dorset is a lovely county to visit for a short break, with numerous picture postcard seaside resorts, which are strung along the World Heritage Coast, and many fabulous golf courses. We wonder why Dorset is not more widely acclaimed as a golfing destination?

Our Dorset Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Dorset


1st Dorset - Best in Area

Broadstone Golf Club is laid out on glorious rolling terrain. The elevated homeward nine provides panoramic views of the Purbeck Hills and Poole Harbour.


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Remedy Oak

2nd Dorset - Best in Area

Remedy Oak Golf Club opened for play in November 2005 and former Englishman and Ryder Cup Captain John Jacobs designed the golf course, which is set in more than 250 acres of ancient woodland...


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3rd Dorset - Best in Area

We’ve classified Parkstone Golf Club as a seaside heathland course. It’s not a traditional links and neither is it very far inland.


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Ferndown (Old)

4th Dorset - Best in Area

Ferndown Golf Club plays across a sandy outcrop of land where there is a proliferation of heather and pines... it’s an inherently pretty golf course.


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Isle of Purbeck (Purbeck)

5th Dorset - Best in Area

The vistas from the Isle of Purbeck are breathtaking, for the golf club is positioned on a high heathland plateau and the 360-degree panorama continually interrupts one’s concentration.


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6th Dorset - Best in Area

James Braid’s Sherborne Golf Club is set majestically on undulating ground with glorious views over Blackmore Vale. It’s a charming course and a polished gem.


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7th Dorset - Best in Area

Measuring more than 6,900 yards from the tips, the Donald Steel-designed course at Dudsbury Golf Club is a serious test. The host venue to the PGA Europro Tour and PGA Order of Merit Championship requires your “A” game.

Yeovil (Old)

8th Dorset - Best in Area

The Old course at Yeovil Golf Club is charming, routed through lovely countryside on the southeastern edge of town. It’s not overly long, but it requires precise play and a stout hit on the 230-yard par three 15th.

Dorset (Lakeland & Parkland)

9th Dorset - Best in Area

With three 9-hole loops designed by Martin Hawtree, the Dorset Golf & Country Club is one of the county’s premier facilities. The Lakeland & Parkland nines make up the championship course, but the shorter Woodland loop is enjoyable too.

Knighton Heath

10th Dorset - Best in Area

Knighton Heath Golf Club is perched on high ground with pine-flanked fairways. This compact 6,065-yard, undulating heathland course has numerous doglegs and plenty of heather.


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