Review for Isle of Purbeck (Purbeck)

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If you are lucky enough to play (as i was) the Isle of Purbeck on a beautiful summer’s day then the experience will be forever etched in your golfing memory. As you approached the course down what is a meandering country lane you catch glimpses of this stunning setting. This all helped to build our anticipation and as you draw into the car park you are stunned at the vantage point from which you view. We quickly became eager to unload the clubs and get on the tee for this is without question one of the most beautiful golfing spots in the country.So the setting is superb and the course is excellent as well. A number have commented on its condition and I would accept that for a course of this quality the greens could and should be improved. However the variety of golf that you will enjoy is of the highest order. The course has a great variety of par 3’s, 4’s and 5’s and they are mixed together to offer a variation of challenge from hole to hole. The first is quite a straight forward par 4 before you return to a green beside the clubhouse for the 2nd, a more challenging 2 “shotter”. From the third to the seventh you experience the visual beauty of Purbeck with views stretching across Poole and to the Isle of Wight. You also experience a range of holes that epitomises the challenge this course offers. A great par 3 to a raised plateau green (4th), one of several signature holes (the 5th) with a raised tee offering an inviting tee shot, but semi blind to a narrowing fairway. The 6th is the first par 5, on the shorter side but made challenging by being slightly uphill with narrow well guarded fairways. Purbeck keeps offering you strong holes and builds and builds until you reach what I regard as one of the great long par 3 holes in the country, the 11th, it measures over 200 yards from a slightly raised tee to a beautifully crafted green surrounded by a pine tree coppice. The back nine keeps you captivated and has many challenging par 4’s which are set in quite an undulating landscape. This course demands that you keep the ball straight all the way round so driving well is a pre-requisite to a successful round here. If you have negotiated to the 17th, you have some respite in the 18th which is arguably the easiest and weakest hole on the course. That said accuracy is again a premium and it presents a birdie chance with just a flick into the green for your second shot.I loved Purbeck, although I accept that we caught it on arguably the nicest summer’s day you could imagine. I would perceive in winter this can be a ferocious test and I am sure that the members will testify to the stiff English Channel winds that would cause havoc to any score!! Purbeck is a masterpiece in golf design and land simply does not exist to recreate such a special layout. For this aspect the course is a 6 ball track, but I have to acknowledge as other commentators have that the greens and general conditioning could be improved. Don’t let that put you off though, you will have a memorable days golfing at Purbeck guaranteed. Ian Henley

Date: August 16, 2009


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