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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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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Martin Booth
Like previous reviewers, it's difficult to understand why Ferndown's ranking is higher than Broadstone or Parkstone. A very pleasant course in good condition - and very courteous members also - but the proximity of teeing areas to greens in certain locations is indicative of the age of the club when course usage was evidently not as intense as it is now.
July 06, 2008
6 / 10
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Anthony Edwards
I was a junior member at Ferdown from 1972 until 1976, and still have wonderful memories. The course was always in those days in immaculate condition, and of course back then was regarded as being a fairly long course with the clubs and balls in use at the time! I was a snotty nosed kid from a council estate background, a rather odd fit for one of the most socially prestigious and elite golf clubs in Britain during that era, invited to join due to my golfing ability. Apart one or two incidents I was always made most welcome, loved the club and its members and will always cherish the very happy times spent there.
June 15, 2008
10 / 10
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Patrick
When I played at Ferndown I had high expectations for the course being in the top 50. Yet I was much more impressed by Broadstone then I was with Ferndown. Where as Broadstone had beautiful senery and picturesque holes that ran seperate from each other; Ferndown felt squeezed in and had holes that were just to close together; I also felt that the members and people at the course where snotty and in some cases rude. The round of golf was good and I enjoyed the day; but I left the course with a sense of disappointment due to how we were treated and also my expectations of what I thought would be a really top quality course being let down by a design I felt really lacked imagination.
April 18, 2008
4 / 10
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max king
Lovely golf course, with some great holes but let down by the greens. The layout is worthy of its rankingin the top 100 and its a beautiful setting but you'd expect much better greens from a course ranked 49th . It is still early April so they may be better in a months time or so. Other than that really enjoyed the course and will definately play it agian next time in the area.
April 07, 2008
6 / 10
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Mikee_j
A lovely course, however not deserving of the high position it is currently in. To many of the holes run side by side and the tee boxes and greens are positioned far to close to eachother. One really has to watch your back on several tees in case a player on the previous hole over-shoots the green. In my opinion Broadstone, Parkstone and Purbeck are all better than Ferndown. A slight dissapointment with the club was also the attitude of the members, very snotty and up themselves. They did not appreciate us (all in our 20s) being on 'their' course. They threatened to throw one of my friends off for no reason at all. All seven of us were in agreement that it is a nice course but the attitude of the members spoilt what was a pleasant day. I'm glad to have played the course, but wouldn't return. i would rank it around the 100 mark, not 49!
November 19, 2007
6 / 10
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Robin Pomeroy
April 16, 2008
That is a very poor and disappointing review and as a member at Ferndown I am surprised your reviewer felt he and his friends were made to feel unwelcome there. I assure you that our members are not as described and I would encourage this visitor to return to Ferndown and perhaps play with one of the members on his next visit.
Martin
Beautiful course and definitely worthy of it's rank. Reminds me of the quality Surrey courses with it's pretty heather and beautiful setting. Ideally try and play it from the White tees as it is lacking a little in length otherwise. All of the Par 5's can be reached in two, but that sometimes can make them more enjoyable to play, when you have that risk/reward factor in play.
July 09, 2007
8 / 10
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Shaun
Friendly and helpful staff but the course was a let down. Too many holes running adjacent to one another thus rewarding errant drives. Reminded me of Tenby with greens and tees dangerously close to each other. The course was in great condition but not in my top 100 and not a patch on Parkstone.
June 03, 2007
4 / 10
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Terry Day
October 20, 2007
Whoever wrote this must be a VERY errant to get to the adjacent fairways
Rod Wiltshire
Easy walking and challenging golf set amongst Pine trees, heather and rhododendrons. Perfect.Great use made of the gentle terrain with plenty of bunkers that are very playable and consistent. Greens of every shape and size putting to a very good speed so two putts never guarantedd. Course management critical. a great day out
May 30, 2006
10 / 10
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Ferndown is a lovely old course set in a beautiful part of the country and it compares well with some of the best of Surrey’s heathland courses. The benefit of Ferndown is that Dorset is a great place to spend some time on a golfing break, unlike Surrey, which is in the middle of the commuter belt. I was impressed with the warm and friendly welcome, they really make you feel at home. The course is always in great nick and the greens are slick too. Well worth a visit for all those that like classic heathland courses. Excellent course, recommended.
October 03, 2005
10 / 10
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Hugh
Played Ferndown late in September for the first time and it was a splendid experience.The course winds its way through the pines and its condition was outstanding in all respects. Overall, first class and a really friendly club too. Well worth a visit.
December 14, 2004
8 / 10
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