Ferndown (Old) - Dorset - England

Ferndown Golf Club,
119 Golf Links Road,
Ferndown,
Dorset,
BH22 8BU,
England


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  • M3, M27, A31 to Ferndown.

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  • Ian Walton

  • Harold Hilton

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Harold Hilton (BBC Hulton Pic. Lib.)Ferndown Golf Club is a pine and heathery heaven, set in pleasing manicured countryside and located a mile or two north of the popular seaside town of Bournemouth. This is where Peter Alliss learnt his trade, for his father, Percy, was the professional here for more than a quarter of a century.

The club was founded in 1912 and Harold Hilton, one of the finest amateur golfers of all time, designed the course. It opened for play in 1914. Hilton won the British Open championship as an amateur twice, a feat only surpassed by Bobby Jones, who was British Open champion on three occasions, also as an amateur.

The Old course at Ferndown Golf Club plays across a sandy outcrop of land where there is a proliferation of heather and pines. It’s an inherently pretty golf course and sometimes Ferndown is bracketed alongside Augusta because of its immaculate tee to green grooming. The hazards at Ferndown are subtle – there are the obvious heather and trees to avoid, but the bunkers are especially well designed and positioned. Steep-lipped sand traps are invariably visible from the tees and the fairways and they certainly concentrate the mind. Many of the holes are dog-legged in shape and tee shot position is critical, rather than sheer length. Ferndown is a course where scoring well depends entirely on whether or not the ball is kept in play.

By today’s standards, the course is fairly short, measuring less than 6,500 yards from the medal tees, but the heathland layout will challenge the very best golfers and will enthral the average handicapper with its inherent beauty. Many important amateur and professional events have been contested over the Old course. In 1989, Ferndown hosted the Women’s British Open. Jane Geddes carded a 67 on the first two days and dominated the tournament from thereon in.

There is no doubt that Ferndown is one of the prettiest and best-conditioned courses in the South and the club is not resting on its laurels. In August 2014, Murray Long was appointed as Courses Manager from Sunningdale Golf Club. Murray has further improved both the quality of the playing surfaces as well as the presentation.

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Description: Ferndown Golf Club plays across a sandy outcrop of land where there is a proliferation of heather and pines... it’s an inherently pretty golf course. Rating: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 41
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David Shepherd
Visited by wife's family in the Bournemouth area and looking for a great course to play (having recently played Royal St. George's and Royal Porthcawl). I was able to book a tee time on Ferndown. The course was a delight and the most enjoyable round I had on my visit. The course was in excellent shape, and the starter was one of the most kind and welcoming gents I have ever met. As a single digit handicapper, there was still plenty of challenge in the course and it is definitely a gorgeous and peaceful place to play. Will definitely return.
May 14, 2014
10 / 10
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mick snowden
This was my first visit and found everyone,staff & members very welcoming.The course I found a mixture of heathland & parkland,which in places has suffered with the long dry spell that we have had this year,but these will get better with some rain.The greens were a good pace and the course was relatively flat.Obviously it would be better for knowing to score well.I enjoyed my round very much.I have read some other reviews regarding the noise due to the close proximity of the Tees & greens and all I can say to this is concentrate on what you are doing.
August 30, 2013
10 / 10
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David Baxter
I always find Ferndown a delightful course to play. Tree lined fairways, heather, great condtioning welcomes you. Played in their Open week this year and the greens were fantastic (no excuses about bad weather here !). Despite the comments in other reviews no problems with proximity of greens and tees. No wow factor holes, but a good solid traditional course. Somewhere between a 4 and 5 ball rating for me, but the condtioning this year nudges it up to a 5. DB
June 01, 2013
8 / 10
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Matthew Adams
I normally don’t pay undue attention to the welcome provided at any course I visit although I would comment that the reception at Ferndown is best described as perfunctory and stand-offish. Ferndown is set out on flattish land with few slopes other than the downhill 1st and uphill 18th. On the plus side this makes walking easy. The routing, conditioning and use of heather and bunkering does much to improve the basic canvasFerndown Golf Course - Photo by reviewer. With so many greens and tees in close proximity and few landscape features to provide sound proofing Ferndown is not a course for those easily distracted by noise when playing, (including me). Unfortunately, the layout also makes it problematic to show good manners to others by waiting for others to putt or drive without slowing down play. The result is that any round played here on a busy day will be loud and apparently lacking in etiquette towards fellow golfers, including in my experience tee shots flying or rolling past when stood in the fairway waiting for the green in front to clear. I am unsure if this was done by members or fellow visitors. The greens were in good condition in the main but I would expect better than the bumpy green on the par 3 14th which was pockmarked with unrepaired pitchmarks. Ferndown is highly ranked in Dorset at present but I feel it is lucky to be considered superior to Broadstone and Parkstone
November 14, 2011
4 / 10
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Ian Walton
July 20, 2013
I very much hope that 18 months on that you would revisit Ferndown GC and enjoy the golfing experience, we have made the condition and presentation of the golf course our prime objective and the feedback I have had since taking over as GM in May 2012 has been very high typified by Gary Smith, July 2013 I quote…”Thank you for an absolutely fabulous experience. From the minute we walked in we were made to feel so welcome. In fact it was agreed by all that this was the best welcome we had ever received. Thanks to the guys in the pro shop. Then the starter Dan I think his name was - what a great bloke. Food and drinks were excellent and finally the course. What a course you have and I must say it was it fantastic condition” - Ian Walton, Ferndown GC GM.
Edward Vale
My partner and I both found the greens in late August to be in excellent condition, quick and true. However the layout is less interesting that we had hoped, with few aspects to stick in the memory bank. Apart from a couple of holes, the course is fairly flat which makes it less fun than other heathland courses, such as Swinley or Parkstone. There's plenty of space though, and heather, although the fairways are fairly wide, and there's a watering system so they were well grassed. Bunkers are large and not too deep. Despite "needing" a handicap certificate, no one asked for ours.
September 01, 2011
6 / 10
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lee james
i have played Ferndown a lot and its mostly in good condition, its a short and easy course not much of a challenge if you are a low handicap, feels like you are crammed in as tees are right next to most greens,cant see why this course is higher than Broadstone which is better course in every way better views,layout and space also members make you feel more welcome.
December 09, 2010
4 / 10
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Anthony Daniels
Having played Ferndown today I came away a little disappointed. The welcome and service from the clubhouse, pro-shop and office was second to none and the members were also very friendly and welcoming.

Whilst the constant rain today didn't help to show the course in all it's glory, as one or two patches of surface water started appearing on some greens and fairways towards the end of our round, there were also just a couple of shortfalls with the conditioning of the course which let the place down a touch. That said, it is only the middle of March and I'm sure that these little issues will be righted within a month or so. The first noticeable thing was that the fairways were a little bare and patchy. The second is that the greens were a little bobbly and bumpy. A number of bunkers had also been remodelled and were not ready for play, but this is obviously a necessary improvement and I'm sure will also add to the quality of the course once completed. Maybe I'm being a little picky, but then I am spoiled as the condition of my home course at the moment is absolutely fantastic.

As for the routing and the quality of the holes; the routing on the front nine is quirky as you end up back at the clubhouse after 6 and 8, whilst the back nine takes you out and about in a sort of loop that encases the first six holes. All of the holes are very prettily framed with trees and heather, and there are a few memorable holes. Those that stand out are the 6th (the SI1 hole, and a good 400 yard uphiller), the 9th (a downhill dogleg left long par 4), the 12th (an excellent mid-range par 3 to a long and narrow green), the 15th (an uphill dogleg right par 4) and the 16th (a short dogleg right par 4). All the par 5's are disappointing and are what lets Ferndown down when compared to courses of a similar ilk. If a par 5 is not long (and none of the three of them are at Ferndown), then they should present a challenge in a different way, either by way of the hazards on the hole or by way of a significant change of direction or elevation to get the golfer thinking. Unfortunately, the three shotter's at Ferndown don't hit any of these criteria and are the only major disappointments on the course. All the other holes are good enough, without being outstanding.

In summary, Ferndown is a beautiful looking golf course and I'm sure it will be in immaculate condition during peak season, but at this time of year it left a little to be desired and there are a few holes that aren't up to the standard of the majority. Anthony.
March 19, 2010
6 / 10
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Jake Scholes
I played here last year and found the course to be one of the nicest I have come across. The course has a wonderful feel throughout and some of the bunkering you discover unexpectedly was delightfully interesting. It plays a reasonable length and poses a challenge to all levels of ability.
August 21, 2009
8 / 10
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Carl Tushingham
The course was in super condition for January, the greens are better than a lot courses have during the summer months. Mixed welcome from staff and members, but overall friendly enough. Whilst I was impressed with the course I don't think its worthy of its top 50 ranking, top 100 yes. As previous reviewers have stated, many of the tees are very close to greens, can be off putting with noise etc. All the holes are nice, but theres no real stand out holes. I hope this review doesn't come across as too critical because this is a very nice course and well worth playing.
January 03, 2009
6 / 10
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Gary Bristow
Have recently played the Old course at Ferndown. We had a fantastic day, the course was in absolutly mint condition as they had just hosted the regional qualifers for the Open! The greens, fairways and tees were all as good as Ive ever played! We were made to feel extreamly welcome and will certainly be visiting again soon. Well worthy of it's 49th position.
July 31, 2008
8 / 10
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