Host venue in the past for the PGA Europro Tour and PGA Order of Merit Championship, the course at Dudsbury Golf Club Hotel & Spa is a Donald Steel design that measures 6,901 yards from the tips, playing to a par of 71.
It occupies a 130-acre property outside Bournemouth, with fairways set out on rolling parkland that sweeps gently down to the meandering waters of the River Stour as it heads towards Christchurch Bay on the coast.
There’s water in play – in the form of small ponds or little streams – at more than half the holes, with lovely Purbeck stone bridges in place at crossing points. Greens have been built to USGA specification so putting’s a real pleasure on such polished surfaces.
The signature hole is the 402-yard 16th (“Pump House”), a risk-reward par four where the tee shot must carry the biggest pond on the layout. Most players opt for a shorter carry over the water then a longer second shot but an easier approach is on offer for big hitters taking a more direct route off the tee.
Added this onto a trip to the "big five" and although it is a totally different style of course to the heathland wonders it was very good and enjoyable parkland track.
Firstly staff and clubhouse were friendly and excellent - to the point we have discussed a return visit to the area but staying here next time - and then onto the course.
Creamed one down the driving range ....off the first tee ! .... but it was better thereafter. Some very interesting and challenging holes, plenty of water hazards and overall all in good condition.
Recommend a visit to Dudsbury.