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: 6.2 out of 10 Reviews: 42
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phil
Have played this course half a dozen times over the last few years and there have been some good improvements to the course conditioning.Every time I have played it has been blowing strongly and for this reason I suspect the greens are not as fast as some people would like; they obviously need to keep the grass a bit longer to stop balls from oscilating.A quality golf course that probably wouldn't get built these days, what with the blind shots etc etc but you have to go a long way to match the feeling standing on the 5th tee on a sunny afternoon.
July 28, 2010
8 / 10
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max king
I agree with a lot of the reviewers comments about the greens. They weren't terrible, they just weren't very good. I think this is because they probably get so many societies down here they leave the grass quite long and as a result they were some of the slowest greens i've played on all all summer. However, my group and I all enjoyed our round and as many on this site have previously stated, the views are spectacular. Would play again if in the area. Pretty good value at £50 for a round on a weekend too.
July 27, 2010
6 / 10
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Dave Chapman
Played here in a society in March on a Saturday. The golf course was extremely wet and resembled a boggy field in places, however, the course layout is absolutely fantastic, I thought it was a better layout than both Broadstone and Ferndown that we had played the previous two days. The greens were decent (better than the other two courses), and there was very few people on the course for a Saturday morning. The value for money was unbelievable £30 for bacon roll, 18 holes and a lunch (which was really good) on a Saturday. Clubhouse is nice, with some great views and staff really friendly. I cannot wait to go back. It is an extremely tough course with gorse everywhere, and you have to be accurate off pretty much every tee or you will lose golf balls. I was the only one of 16 who broke 30 points, and there was only a light breeze on the day we played! Definately give it a go if you are in Bournemouth, you will not be disappointed.
April 12, 2010
10 / 10
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Ian Henley
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
August 15, 2009
8 / 10
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Paul Eeles
What a course! The views are nothing short of stunning. The course itself is not the best kept as previously mentioned but as an experience and for the price a must for anyone living or visiting the area. The strong wind makes it very tough and the up and down of the course all add to the experience. The 5th (I think) is a blind drive down and dog leg right. You cannot see the fairway from the tee. A great hole in my opinion.
July 29, 2009
6 / 10
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derek
I can only agree with previous reviewers. The views from the course are nothing short of spectacular, the strong coastal breeze adds an interesting dimension to play, but the state of the course is a let down. From uneven tee to bumpy green the course was in no better state than the local municipal. Play Purbeck once for the views, then stick to some of the other excellent local courses for quality.
August 20, 2008
4 / 10
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Martin
Awesome views, unfortunately the course does not match it. The greens being a pivotal part of a ranked course, are just not nearly good enough to warrant this high ranking. Go play it once for the experience and views. To me a mixture of excellently designed holes with a few too many bland ones which are easily forgotten. A course that does not necessarily leave you wanting to come back again for more. But I am still glad to have played it.
July 08, 2007
4 / 10
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Shaun
Stunning views, some excellent holes but sadly the experience was let down by the condition of the greens.
June 02, 2007
4 / 10
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phil shenton
breath-taking scenery, played with a stiff westerly wind, very very testing round of golf. if playing in the evening, watch out for the big deer with even bigger antlers!! agree with another poster that some form of yardage marker would be helpful but not if it means more lots more people playing the course.
August 21, 2006
8 / 10
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Tony Grevatt
Ideally play this course on a windy day to fully appreciate the difficulty of a superb course by the sea. Looking forward to playing again soon as really enjoyed and views really are amazing. A must for any golfer.
August 06, 2006
10 / 10
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