Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8NR
18 holes. Heathland course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original 9-holes designed by Tom Dunn, and known as Dorchester Golf Club. Extension to 18-holes by J.H. Taylor, later modifications by Harry Colt (1927).
28 miles W of Bournemouth
Take the A354 south from Dorchester direction Weymouth. After 2 miles on the A354 turn left direction Came Down. After 1.1 miles turn left direction Dorchester. After o.4 miles golf is on your left.
Came Down Golf Club: There's little chance of getting claustrophobia up here on the open expanse of Came Down, but there is a strong possibility you'll get a tad windswept and maybe a bit out of breath on one or two of the steeper and more invigorating slopes on the front nine. This is a well contoured and challenging course, although water is not something you'll need to worry about.
The open downland nature of the course creates the impression of being close to the sea, although the sea is a good five miles further south, and water hazards of any description are too scarce to mention. What you will experience here at Came Down are wonderful views over rolling Dorset farmland and a thoroughly interesting golf course that is characterised by good bunkering, pleasantly undulating terrain and tight, subtly sloping greens, which on the 15th and 16th holes are located perilously close to the course's boundary wall.
Visitors welcome on weekdays, Saturdays (after 9am) and Sundays (after 11am).
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
Came Down Golf Club played an important part in the founding of the Ryder Cup. For his holidays Samuel Ryder liked to go to the seaside resort of Weymouth on Dorset's coast (a few miles from Came Down). Whilst on holiday he played his golf at Came Down and got to know the Whitcombe brothers, including the club's talented professional, Ernest Whitcombe. It was the Whitcombes who helped Ryder understand that many top-class British professionals could not afford to attend important golf tournaments, let alone travel internationally. Ryder started pondering how he could help the wider exposure of British professionals, a line of thinking that eventually led to the concept of the Ryder Cup matches between the professionals of the USA and Great Britain & Ireland.
32 High St, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UP
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Fleet, nr Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4ED
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