If you're visiting Dorset, have time for only one round, and want to play the prettiest course in the County - I'd suggest Parkstone.
Lots of undulation and elevated tees (the 8th, 13th and 16th you could throw a blanket over and offer fantastic views over the harbour and to Brownsea Island - and plenty of mature firs framing most holes.
It's a little on the short side (lots of 3-wood and wedge holes) - but firm fast fairways and greens and lovely routing will keep you interested from beginning to end.
My favourite holes?
par-4 dog-leg left 8th (3-wood/wedge into the breeze),
par-4 15th (needing a long straight drive with trouble on the left)
par-3 18th (all the par-3's are interesting but 18th is a really strong finishing hole that I suspect has ruined many a good medal score).
Conditioning is usually good.
So Parkstone is the prettiest - but not the toughest (once you know where you're going). Broadstone is tougher and more rewarding if that's what floats your boat.
And if it's conditioning, exclusivity and a true Championship test you're after, then has to be Remedy Oak (see my other reviews of these Dorset gems)..
Better still - come to Dorset for long enough to play all 3. All different - all enjoyable - and all will leave you smiling no matter how well you play. We're very lucky to have such quality courses in such close proximity.
Date: May 22, 2021