Remedy Oak is nice. A a very modern style course with wide fairways set in very pleasant countryside, with each hole in splendid isolation cut through the expanses of huge trees. Greens are huge and putting would seem to hold the key to a good score. Also huge bunkers but not a heavily bunkered course with many greens hardly bunkered and fairway bunkers not often coming into play off the tee. Course condition was very good. Quite a long walk especially between tees and around greens on the cart tracks, overall about 7.5 miles. Despite the clubhouse being shut the welcome was very friendly and full marks to the members 4 ball due to tee off behind us who kindly suggested we (as a two ball) could go before them.
Best hole is undoubtedly the 2nd, a downhill double dog-leg par 5 with the approach to the green played over a lake. This hole is flanked by two solid uphill par 4's and the 4th hole is the pick of the par 3's, downhill and 224 yards with large bunker on right hand side of green protecting the rear pin. These first four holes were the most undulating part of the course and provided a really promising start, however they proved to be the best holes on the course. The back nine was I thought pleasant enough but nothing really to get the juices flowing, other than 16 which was a good hole and had arguably the most interesting and tightest tee shot on the course with two large bunkers set at an angle on the right of the fairway to catch errant drives. A couple of odd short par 4's at 8 and 18, both involving a short second shot over water but both requiring odd lay-ups off the tee. A playable par 72 off the white's but it looked like a beast off some of the back 'purple' tees.
Remedy Oak reminded me a bit of Woburn Marquess in style and also The Buckinghamshire (another John Jacobs design) and personally I don't see it as a top 100 golf course. In terms of Dorset rankings for me it doesn't hold the interest and variety of the traditional heathland courses and I personally would go for Parkstone at 1, Ferndown at 2, and Broadstone at 3. I think Remedy Oak would be vying for 4th spot with Purbeck; whilst Purbeck I think has the more interesting golf holes and stunning views, Remedy Oak has far far better course conditioning
Overall a welcoming place for a day out on a very well conditioned golf course
Date: June 24, 2020