Dorset is blessed with some great golf courses and Remedy Oak is probably the pick of them. Of course that is always going to be subjective and will depend on what you are looking for from your golfing experience. To be clear, for me, it's solely about the course (not clubhouse, facilities, welcome or food - all of which are great at Remedy by the way - but won't be factored in this review).
And to help people reading this review, my idea of golfing heaven would include Sunningdale, Birkdale, Turnberry, Royal St. Georges, Valderrama, Kaiwah which I've been fortunate enough to have played, and Augusta which I've been fortunate enough to walk around.
And to be clear, Remedy isn't in this league. But those courses would jostle for position in anybody's top-10 in the world and get a '6' rating from me.
Sure, Remedy is new - but unlike many new inland courses that follow the American bomb and gouge style - this design has some nice variety and thought and was laid out in mature woodland that give the course a maturity beyond its years. It is also the owners pet project - and that shows.
With no snobbery in sight - Remedy Oak has the quiet air of exclusivity and excellence.
On the front 9, the visually stunning par-5 2nd, par-3 4th, thought provoking par-5 5th, dog-leg right par-4 7th and par-3 9th are all truly great holes.
Not that the 1st, 3rd, 6th (nice driving hole visually) and 8th (risk/reward lay up short par-4 over water) are exactly shabby either. But I'm setting a high bar in my review.
The back 9 doesn't quite reach the heights of the front, but the 10th and 14th are mighty par-4s, the 11th a delightful par-3 and the 15th - another par 5 which is reachable in 2 following a well placed drive with water awaiting the errant shot - are all very satisfying. The 18th dog-leg right short par-4 seems to split opinion. But who doesn't get a thrill when faced with a pitch to a green over water in front of golfers enjoying their post round drinks on the patio? All watching with interest to see how you fare.
The conditioning of the course is the best around. Greens roll beautifully and are a pleasure to putt on - large and undulating but a fun test.
All of the above is my subjective view.
What isn't subjective is that off the purple championship tees. Remedy Oak has a course/slope rating of 75.2/141 and measures over 7,000 yds. This compares to Broadstone (71.6/140), Parkstone (71.5/139) and Ferndown (72.0/130) and all sub 6,500 yds then you get the idea.
All 4 of these great golf courses are worth playing.
But if you're looking for a true Championship test, there's only once course in Dorset that meets that requirement.
Before Remedy Oak came along - I'd have said Parkstone was the prettiest, Broadstone the toughest and Ferndown usually in the best condition.
Remedy Oak is without doubt the toughest, best conditioned (although on a clay based sub soil it can be wet) and has some memorable holes.
For these reasons - it get's my #1 Ranking in Dorset.
Date: May 22, 2021