A group of ten of us played here as part of our Dorset tour, playing the shorter Alliss course in the morning and the Old course in the afternoon.
The club itself is clearly the focal point for much of the local wealth and has all the hallmarks of an old, traditional golf club. We were generally made to feel welcome although on arrival the pro seemed to have no record of the email exchange that had made our arrangements several months earlier. We were also gently reminded of the need to have our shirts tucked-in for fear of upsetting the members.
The shorter Alliss course was a nice warm-up for the afternoon; it’s a reasonable length and offers some good challenges, but at £35 is significantly over-priced. As you’d expect the course isn’t as well maintained as it’s bigger brother, but if you can wrap it into a day ticket of some form, as we did, then the cost becomes more reasonable.
Visually, the Old course is very attractive and we all agreed it was a joy to play. The course offers the bigger hitters room off of the tee but the greens themselves provide a defence, since they are very fast and very true (we had been told before playing that they were running to the same stimp reading as Wentworth, which I don’t think we could argue against !) To score well therefore you definitely need your putting shoes on or run the risk of ruining a score. It’s not an overly difficult course and can therefore be very scoreable.
The course winds its way thru beautiful golfing terrain and has some lovely holes. We played the course on a twilight rate, which was extremely good value, however at the full summer rate it arguably becomes quite expensive, especially when compared against its competitors of Broadstone and Remedy Oak. We found both of these courses more challenging, but of the three courses, the greens at Ferndown were definitely the best.
Date: July 19, 2016