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4 miles N of Poole
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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.
The 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 – including the English Women’s Amateur (1929, 1973, 2010), The Women’s Amateur (1951) and Women’s Home Internationals (1951) – 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.
“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.”
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.
Thank you for your kind review, the greens are now much improved and we look forward to welcoming you back to see for yourselves.
Played the course on July 7th as part of our tour of Dorset courses. Nice fairways, tee boxes, bunkers and a challenging interesting golf course but the greens were well below average. I would be surprised if the green keeper is not aware that he has a serious issue and it is not a simple fix.
I am glad that you enjoyed other aspects of the course and apologies that yes, we have had some issues with the greens during the later part of June and early July. They are improving now and we look forward to welcoming you back when they are in better condition.
This is a proper golfers golf course. It’s set on natural terrain rolling through the Dorset heathland with rugged bunkers and slick greens. We had so much fun. The course is short on the scorecard but plays much longer with large elevation changes and a meagre par 70.
There are some standout holes. I loved the par 3 6th hole, it forces you to make take on a bold shot carrying your ball over a ravine to the back of the green. Those that do will be rewarded with a bank at the back of the green to carry you ball down to the hole. The 13th and 14th are a fantastic pair of par 4s, 13 is brutal hole which tests you on both your drive and then a long 2nd into a hanging green - 14 gives you something back with a stunning elevated drive and a chance at birdie.
Overall it was a great day of golf; Broadstone has many parallels with Sunningdale New and in my opinion was as fun if not more fun to play. It’s superior to many of the more famous Surrey courses and very welcoming to visitors. I wish I was a member.