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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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