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.
Date: July 19, 2016