Broadstone - Dorset - England

Broadstone Golf Club,
Wentworth Drive,
Broadstone,
Dorset,
BH18 8DQ,
England


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Originally known as the Dorset Golf Club, Lord Wimborne founded Broadstone in 1898 and Tom Dunn designed the course. “Broadstone is, I think, rather an easy course to remember,” wrote Bernard Darwin, in his 1910 book, The Golf Courses of the British Isles, “which is the same as saying that the holes have each got very definite characters of their own; at any rate, although I have seen them but once, I can play them all quite clearly in my mind’s eye, save only the park holes, which, truth to tell, are not much worth remembering.” Harry Colt was later commissioned to redesign Broadstone, utilising a glorious tract of heathland to the west of the railway line to build seven new holes. Thus, Broadstone became a quintessential heathland course and little has changed since.

Broadstone Golf Club - 8th holeThe course is laid out on glorious rolling terrain. The elevated homeward nine provides panoramic views of the Purbeck Hills and Poole Harbour. Measuring 6,315 yards from the back tees and 5,467 yards from the forward tees, Broadstone is not a championship layout. Having said this, a number of important amateur tournaments have been held here, testing some of the very best golfers. And although Broadstone cannot offer length from the tee, it can offer beauty, with profusion of heather, gorse, birch and pines.

In many ways, Broadstone is a shorter, cross between Sunningdale and Walton Heath, undoubtedly Broadstone is an outstanding heathland course and worthy of inclusion on any serious golfing itinerary.

“I feel entirely at peace with Broadstone,” wrote Darwin, “which has some really fine holes, and is as pleasant a spot to play golf in­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­—as breezy, and pretty, and quiet—as anyone could desire.”­­­­­­­­­­

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Description: Broadstone Golf Club is laid out on glorious rolling terrain. The elevated homeward nine provides panoramic views of the Purbeck Hills and Poole Harbour. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 46
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Andrew Pratt

One of the prettiest golf courses I have played. Every hole was a visual delight. Played the course in September, conditioning was good.

A thoroughly enjoyable day out with friends. Warm welcome in the club house.

The only reason this course doesn't get a better rating from me is that it was just a little short to give it some teeth and for it to challenge a little further up the top 100 list, however I am sure it plays longer in the winter.

Well worth a visit. Thanks for the memories.

October 26, 2020
6 / 10
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Jordan Preece

An unbelievable golf course for many reasons...layout, views, playability, the challenge each hole brings...I could go on and on!

Greens were slightly disappointing but if you put a 10/10 green on this course it would be top 5 in the world!

You MUST play this course if you are a fan of golf!

October 10, 2020
8 / 10
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Mark

What a stunning course, well worth the high visitor green fees. The front 9 are spectacular with elevated views across the rest of the county. A stunning inland heathland course, definitely worth a drive out to play.

July 17, 2020
8 / 10
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David Baxter

Broadstone is quite an undulating open heathland course. I particularly like the first six holes which provide plenty of variety, including the delighful par 3 at hole 6. Then there is the 7th, a real tough hole and stroke index 1; there seems to be some divided opinion on this hole and I fall into the category that doesn't like it, although I suspect this maybe because I have never got to grips with tee shot placement. Holes 10-15 are another fine stretch of holes (and it is here where Broadstone reminds me a bit of Notts Hollinwell), with 14 a cracker of a tee shot. Holes 16-18 don't quite live up to the remainder of the course and 18 doesn't provide the finish you are looking for.

Comparison is always made with Parkstone and Ferndown. I have played all three courses probably three or four times and have generally found Broadstone to be a bit behind the others in terms of condition and presentation, and personally I would go for Parkstone at 1 and Ferndown at 2. I haven't yet played Remedy Oak.

May 12, 2020
6 / 10
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Robert Butlin

Broadstone is a big course in a number of ways. First it has elevation, second it has views, third it has space and fourth, despite having only two par fives it has long holes. An excess of yards is not all that’s needed for a course to be big.

It was the fourth course I recently played in Dorset. Even though it’s the one I played least well it’s the one I can remember best. In fact I don’t think it has any bad holes, perhaps one or two are less good than the best, but the best are really stellar.

The course starts with the gentle par 5, though how many golfers actually warm up properly so as to take advantage of the easy opening hole? 2 and 3 go up and down and are parkland in flavour; the latter has a new, very pretty but slightly incongruous pond defending the green. The real climb onto the heathland starts with 4, a nasty dog-leg left that forces accuracy from both your drive and your approach.

5 is the first of the pretty holes. Stroke index 18 it may be but the drop below the tee and cross bunkers demand a decent drive, with further bunkers left and right demanding direction. 6 is a delightful short hole played uphill to a green protected by heather fringed bunkers. And then 7. It’s one of the best holes I’ve played, ever. I’ve never played a hole with two hidden fairways and a visible green. I’ve played holes with long carries, but never one that offers you into a fairway hidden in a deep gully 50 yards in front of the green. It’s not SI 1 for nothing.

8 is a long par 3 with deep bunkers front right to protect against the slice;

par is a relief here. 9 is actually flat, but on the highest ground so most exposed to the wind. It’s not long, but as it’s usually into the wind it’s no easy birdie or par opportunity.

I wasn’t quite so taken with 10 and 11, but 12 takes you nicely back up hill and for one ever the fairway is a bowl encouraging your drive to the middle. 13 is another splendid hole, inviting you to launch away with your driver and then daring you to take on the gully front left. Get it right and joy awaits, get it wrong and it’s a heather strewn waste and a horrible chip shot. In addition the hole will usually be played into with the wind, so club selection can be a difficult choice.

14 to 17 all come with elevated drives, two are broadly uphill par 4s, one is a downhill par 4 taking you back towards the club house. 15 is the final par 3, a long downhill shot to a big green. 18 is back on the flat, not a great hole but a nice finish.

There are some things not to like. Too many fairways are still in a bad way following last year’s drought. The green were very spongy and not at all quick. And the kitchen was closed at 4pm on a Wednesday. But the scenery and the routing are wonderful. If you are there and can play it do.

September 07, 2019
7 / 10
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Sam Mendoza
September 08, 2019

Ironically, I think that the 7th is easily the worst hole on the course, and I know more people (members included) that agree rather than disagree

Robert Butlin
September 09, 2019

There should always be room for healthy disputation on golf course reviews. I think the seventh is good because:

It’s stroke index 1 and so should be a tough hole. It requires two properly good shots to get on the green in two. But if you choose to play it as a par 5 it also requires three good shots. It’s not three 7 irons. Your second shot has to be precise to the ravine fairway and your third is then up out of the ravine to a green high up. So played as a par 4 and as a par 5 you have to be right with all your shots. It’s also very attractive. Together that’s what makes it a great hole.

I’m sure we’ll friendlily disagree, but those are my views.

Sam Mendoza
September 12, 2019

Agree that’s the benefit of this site and opinions.

I just can’t see how a hole that requires you to aim in the rough to keep it on the fairway can be seen as a good hole. The second shot I agree is fantastic but the tee shot is appalling

Kevin Henley

Day 3 of Dorset tour...... great course with some excellent holes. When we played it didn't seem in the very best of condition BUT sure it brushes up nice and it was still good. Interesting and challenging terrain. We all scored less here than at Remedy Oak yesterday and Parkstone the day before, as they are longer and with more ball losing opportunities, but as a low teens handicapper Parkstone remains the course I would want them revisit or be a member at.

My personal ranking in Dorset would be Parkstone first, Broadstone second and Remedy Oak third.

To be as frank as I can, for a 10-15 handicapper Parkstone is the best of the three. The lower your handicap the more you will enjoy here and Remedy Oak.

June 04, 2019
7 / 10
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Freddie

Broadstone Golf club is the only Dorset golf course that I have played however I clearly started off in the right place as this course was magnificent! It starts off ok with the 2nd hole being a tough uphill par 4 however the 3rd hole is a stunning downhill par 4 with a very nice view and a tactically placed water hazard up near the green. The 7th being an unbelievably good looking hole. The course is kept in good condition and is a classic heathland course so can play tough if you aren't able to put the ball in the right place. I would love to play there again as I picked up some very fond memories playing there with friends making it all the more enjoyable.

March 25, 2019
8 / 10
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Stuart Eastwood

Amazing to play such a wonderful golf course in shirt sleeves in February! The welcome at the Pro Shop and in the bar was appreciated as was the 'winter warmer' offer that included a superb breakfast on arrival. The course itself is an absolute delight with some memorable holes. Well worth battling the M3 traffic for!

March 01, 2019
8 / 10
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Robert Ruchinskas

This is a very enjoyable course that starts off relatively benign and then quickly gains some steam. Holes #6 & 7 can be quite the challenge and the back also has some tight drives that will punish any wayward shots. Played in late July and the course, as most of the UK, was browned by the heat and lack of rain. Still a wonderful day of golf and talking with the members it is obvious that they take pride in their course. Hope to return again.

September 03, 2018
6 / 10
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alp

Played the course yesterday for the first time.

Beautiful golf course, with very interesting holes - not a course to get the driver out on every tee! Reminded me of gleneagles kings or queens course. And a nice welcome in the shop and restaurant.

Would be a 6-baller but for a couple of things...we played from the yellow tees and the course did play short, most holes were driver-wedge (but I was driving well!) And the greens weren’t as good as my home course or a couple of others I’ve played the last two weeks - a bit slow and not as firm as I would expect. Perhaps the green keepers are protecting them from the hot weather?

Overall, a very enjoyable experience on a top quality course. Doesn’t threaten my top 10 though.

May 31, 2018
8 / 10
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