Review for Ferndown (Old)

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If the Old course at Ferndown Golf Club is the fourth best course in Dorset then Broadstone, Remedy Oak and Parkstone must be out of this world. I played Ferndown yesterday and it’s embarrassing for me to admit that this was my first golfing round in Dorset despite the fact I live in an adjoining county (albeit more than 100 miles away). Ferndown Golf ClubNaturally, I was therefore unable to input into our recent re-ranking of the clubs in Dorset, but my feeling is that we may well have served Ferndown more than a modicum of injustice. The club has commenced a five-year plan to return the course to its heathland roots. Many deciduous trees have been cleared leaving stately pines flanking immaculately groomed fairways that frankly were in better condition than any I’ve seen this year. A number of bunkers have been fringed with heather and the plan is to continue this work over the coming winter. The putting surfaces were simply outstanding and I found myself on the wrong side of the hole on numerous occasions and paid the consequences. There was nothing much I didn’t like at Ferndown. Perhaps I’d pick the blind short par four 16th as a weaker hole, which is an acute dogleg right where there is a sign on the tee stating that if you do take driver and go for the green you are liable for any damage to adjoining properties (of course I played an iron). Perhaps the property doesn’t have vast scale and some of the greens and tees are close together. Apart from these minor points, I think Ferndown is a very good golf course and if I lived in the vicinity I’d apply for membership. As a final point there are some who have stated that Ferndown has a disdainful approach to visitors – if that was the case I did not experience anything other than charm and friendliness from the members and staff I had the pleasure of meeting yesterday. Keith

Date: October 01, 2015

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