Isle of Purbeck (Purbeck) - Dorset - England

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club,
Corfe Road,
Studland,
Swanage,
Dorset,
BH19 3AB,
England


  • +44 (0) 1929 450354

The vista from the Isle of Purbeck golf course is breathtaking, for the course is positioned on a high heathland plateau and the 360-degree panorama continually interrupts one’s concentration of the game at hand. To the south across the Solent is the Isle of Wight, to the east across Poole Bay is Bournemouth, to the north across Poole harbour is Brownsea Island and Poole Harbour beyond and lying to the west, the Purbeck Hills. If there is a golf course where you could drag your non-golfing partner along, this is it. He or she will be more than happy to drink in the views.

Whilst this is seaside golf, this is not links golf; Isle of Purbeck Golf Club is set in a heathland nature reserve, decorated with a profusion of gorse, heather, rare flora and fauna. The club was founded way back in 1892 and was modified at the turn of the 20th century by one of the all time great architects, Harry Colt. Enid Blyton and her husband once owned the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club and no doubt the surroundings inspired her writings.

We won’t place Isle of Purbeck in the “championship” category. For a start, the course measures less than 6,300 yards from the medal tees. On the other hand, we won’t dismiss it as holiday golf either because the challenge is significant. As we have already mentioned, the course plays on high ground and is fully exposed to the winds. There are four long par fours and a collection of extremely challenging par threes. More importantly, you’ll need to keep the ball out of the gorse and heather.

Bournemouth is not necessarily regarded as the most popular location for a serious golfing break, but there are some fantastic courses to be played, including Broadstone, Ferndown and Parkstone. We think though that the Isle of Purbeck is one of the best golf courses in Dorset. The view from the Isle of Purbeck’s elevated 5th tee is worthy of the green fee by itself; it’s one of the most scenic tee shots in Britain.

In July 2021, architect Tim Lobb tweeted that his firm, Lobb and Partners, is “thrilled to start” an “exciting long term golf and landscape enhancement strategic plan” at the Isle of Purbeck.

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Description: The vistas from the Isle of Purbeck are breathtaking, for the golf club is positioned on a high heathland plateau and the 360-degree panorama continually interrupts one’s concentration. Rating: 6.3 out of 10 Reviews: 51
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Barney Sykes

Played in May and was pleasantly surprised having read some negative reviews about the course maintenance.

The greens were a little slow but the fairways and bunkers were in decent condition and you are treated to some amazing views of poole harbour and the surrounding countryside.

Found the first 3 and last 3 holes slightly weak but with some great holes in between, with 5, 11 and 14 being my favourites.

£60 represented decent value for money but I understand there are some better bargains to be had if playing later in the day.

Isle of Purbeck provided a perfect compliment to Ferndown and I would definitely recommend to anyone in the area.

June 29, 2022
6 / 10
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Craig Robinson

Enjoyed it very much and it is a very fun course.

First couple of holes were an easy start, but the course really opens up after the tricky short par 4 Third. The 5th is one of the best holes in English golf, fantastic.

Each hole felt different and enjoyable to play. Playing a par 3 in each direction was a nice touch, especially with a strong wind.

Very much enjoyed this course.

June 07, 2022
7 / 10
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Jason Plummer

The Isle of Purbeck is a must for all golfers to play, from the warm welcome in the clubhouse, the great layout and condition of the course and the views are second to none that I have played. My favourite hole is the 5th a par 4 with a downhill tee shot, then playing up to a plateau green. The views from the 5th hole are stunning! I would also like to mention David and Kathy the owners, who were very kind to serve us with drinks after the bar staff had left!

June 04, 2022
8 / 10
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Mike Cuin

I last played here in July 2020 when the fairways and greens were in a terrible state. The transformation from then to now is remarkable, the condition of the course is now very good. Combine that with the wonderful views and a mix of interesting holes and you have a wonderful golf course. Hit it straight or you may be losing a few balls. If you get decent weather you will leave wanting more. The visitor afternoon rate offers very good value.

May 30, 2022
7 / 10
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Gustav
May 30, 2022

During our recent visit we also saw the signs of improvement of conditioning with grass growing on some fairways which had visible signs of having been verti-cut when bare. I do not care much about patchy fairways as long as the lies offered are decent.

More importantly, however, the greens have some way left to go before justifying a ranking position in my book. Do not mind slow greens at all and understand this state of affairs in a recovery mode, especially with strong winds forecast, but cannot fully enjoy even a scenic course like this when putts go all over the place and you get the feeling that a 7-iron is just as useful as a putter.

Matt Collings

This place is really fun, but it could be really really special. I’m in no way comparing it to, but it gave me senses of Shinnecock Hills (which I was lucky to play a few years ago) with the clubhouse sat on top of the hill looking down across the course on barren (in a good way) landscape. The land is breathtaking and the views fantastic looking across to the Isle of Wight and the English Channel.

As I understand, some major investment is going into this place and I cannot wait to see the results. There is certainly some work to do (and is being done) on the condition of the course, especially the greens, but the bones are all there. The highlight is the most wonderful par 4, 5th, a downhill dogleg right where you hit off the tee into what feels like nowhere. You hit the approach shot into an infinity green, surrounded by bunkers, gorse and heather. All of this into probably a 2 club wind.

A must play in the area now, but especially so in a few years.

April 30, 2022
6 / 10
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Josh

The county of Dorset features 5 golf courses that are included within the top 100, Purbeck sits lowest with a respectable and I would say fair 77th in England.

The course is situated 10 -15 minutes from the Sandbanks ferry on a site of special scientific interest which from my understanding limits the amount of work they are able to carry out. I think on reflection this is the only thing that holds the course back. It's a great layout which some absolute stunning holes that are let down by condition.

It almost goes without saying that you will battle the elements here at Purbeck. It's a course quite unique from others I have played in the top 100 and it's great to see a course offering such great value to visiting players wanting to come and test themselves on what can be a very difficult test of holes. You just need to look at the scorecard and see the 8th hole measuring at a smidge short of 600 yards uphill straight into the wind to see this place is no joke.

It's a fairly basic start going out and coming straight back to the clubhouse before taking a slightly bizarre walk back into the car park around the clubhouse to venture back out. After the par 3 third you don't really get close until you play the 18th.

It's fairly well known if you've played the course there is no argument about the signature hole. King Edward described the par 4 fifth as one of the finest views from his kingdom and it's pretty hard to argue with the bloke. It's an incredibly intimidating view from the tee and that's without the headwind! I would say the course gets better from the 5th onwards. Some much better laid out holes with a special mention to the par 3 11th which is framed incredibly well with the tall skinny trees providing a great backdrop.

In terms of criticisms I'd have of Purbeck, the tired bunkering and condition would be it. I'm not sure how far their remit goes in terms of updating considering the land the course is built on however the condition could be improved and I think this place really has potential to climb up the rankings and catch a top 50 spot considering the incredible views over Sandbanks, Poole and Bournmouth.

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March 16, 2022
7 / 10
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Scott Miles

For value there really is only a few courses in the UK that come close to Isle of Purbeck, only Silloth on Solway come close from memory from the ones I have played. For £25 the course offered outstanding views looking over to Poole, Sandbanks and Bournemouth with only a couple of holes which don't offer spectacular surroundings.

The Par 4 5th is without doubt one of the best holes I have come across in the south of England with two daunting shots to get to the green it feels like you are hitting towards the end of earth.

If you are ever in East Dorset this place is a must visit.

January 28, 2022
7 / 10
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Steve O'Neill

I have been visiting this part of Dorset annually for a number of year’s, and have played Isle of Purbeck each year as part of the trip.

Over the past few years the course conditioning had sadly declined, to the point where I wasn’t going to play it again this year. Several positive reviews convinced me to give it one more go, and I’m glad I did!

The transformation is amazing, and the course is getting close to it’s former glory. It has always been an interesting challenge, with some excellent holes and even more excellent views, but it now has the conditioning to back it up.

I will be back again next year.

December 02, 2021
7 / 10
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Tim Lloyd

The work being carried out on the course is really impressive. The tees, fairways and greens were the best I’ve seen at Isle of Purbeck. The team are removing a lot of gorse which is really opening up the vistas. The views are simply spectacular. Excited to see further improvement in coming years

November 30, 2021
8 / 10
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John Bland

Improving condition

Played today 14 Nov on a mild winters day,really enjoyed the course,the tee boxes are very maintained,flat and well kept,the greens are in good condition ,but some of the fairways don’t have a lot of grass,plenty of tight lies..

Some amazing views over Poole harbour and some challenging tee shots,if you’re not on your game will be punished.

Amazing value,only £30 Sunday morning peak time!!

A must play if you are in the area

November 15, 2021
6 / 10
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