In my opinion this is my favourite of the 3 Bournemouth heathland courses. A real treat to be able to have played all of them now and nice to finish with such a beauty. Not a weak hole on the course. There had been a lot of rain for the last couple days in the lead up to my round here yet the course was still in great condition, a few wet lies but no really noticeable puddles. The greens were fast and relatively undulating, and the bunkers were magnificent. It honestly is a joy to play golf in this area as it is a lovely place and is surrounded by beautiful houses and flats. The layout is spectacular with lots of ups and downs and plenty of blind shots to be played.
The front 9 starts off fairly straight forward, a short start but must be kept straight as the heather is just like any other... very penalising. My favourite holes on the front 9 would be the par 4 1st which is a great opener, lovely looking hole with a wide fairway and a lovely view from the practice green. The par 4 8th is also a fantastic hole, an elevated tee shot with the line being just to the right of the overhanging tree overlooking the fairway, the more you take on, the less you have in but the riskier it gets.
The back 9 becomes a little tougher, 10 is a long uphill par 4 with a big fairway bunker on the left to avoid, and 11 is a tough uphill par 5 with a tight drive and a blind approach shot into the green. The 15th is a great looking golf hole which is equally challenging. A 440 yard uphill par 4 with heather all up the right makes it very daunting but it looks fantastic. The par 3 15th is most peoples favourite and I understand why. A 150 yard straight downhill par 3 with a great view of the green makes it a really fun hole to play and a nice little hole in 1 opportunity for those with a sharp wedge game. I find a par 3 finish a little unusual but will not knock it as its a great and tough finishing hole, can create some real difficulties when trying to close out a good score.
Although Ferndown and Broadstone are far from shabby, I just feel like Parkstone is just a slightly better course and I don't think it would look out of place whether it was in Surrey, Hampshire or Berkshire.
Date: November 12, 2019