119 Golf Links Road,
Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8BU
18 holes. Heathland course. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Above distances are for the Old/Championship course. Also at Ferndown is the 9-hole Alliss course (formerly called the President's course) (par-35; 2,729 yds from men's tees; designed by J. Hamilton Stutt; opened for play in 1969).
6 miles N of Bournemouth
Heading west from Ringwood on the A31: after approx 5 mi at roundabout, take the A348 Ringwood Rd. Drive through Ferndown, crossing over two roundabouts, and then take the first left (Golf Links Rd). Golf Club is 1 mi on your left.
Ferndown Golf Club (Old course): Some of the best golf courses on England's south coast are to be found just inland from the seaside resorts of Bournemouth and Poole. The area's three flagship layouts are Ferndown, Broadstone and Parkstone. Each one is a heathland gem, rather than a seaside links. As one of this illustrious trio, the Old Course at Ferndown continues to lay down an excellent challenge to top tour professionals and aspiring amateurs alike.
There is a touch less undulation at Ferndown than you'll find at Parkstone and Broadstone, but no less hole-lining heather, mature pines and rhododendrons. The ball-swallowing heather is well worth keeping away from, if you can. With most of the trouble clearly in view from the tee, the only blind drive you'll need to make is at the long and challenging par-4 11th. The layout's top quality greens and green surrounds will ensure your short game skills are probed and tested.
It was here on this thoroughly absorbing and challenging heathland layout that a young Peter Alliss developed his golfing skills. No surprise that bunker play became one of his great strengths. With reasonably generous fairways to aim at, a key to scoring well is navigating your way past a threatening array of impressive bunkering.
The layout here at Ferndown is full of interest, character and quality. From the nicely elevated clubhouse you can look out across parts of the course, not least the inviting downhill par-4 1st, and gentle uphill par-4 18th.
Visitors welcome on weekdays, with some limited availability on Sunday (pm).
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap permitted: men 28; women 36. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (if pre-booked).
Ferndown is where the young Peter Alliss honed his early golfing skills under the tutelage of one of the club's long-serving professionals - his father, Percy. Many top level tournaments have been hosted at Ferndown, including the Women's British Open in 1989. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Ferndown Golf Club.
GB&I: 90th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
England: 49th best course in England (Golf World, 2021).
577 Wimborne Road East, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 9NW
+44 (0)1202 870 738Visit website
This 16th century thatched cottage derives its name from being for many years the only dwelling house on the heath around Ferndown, and in consequence was a natural waystation for smugglers.
Broadstone; Parkstone; The Dorset; Isle of Purbeck; Barton-on-Sea.
St Michaels Road, West Cliff, Bournemouth BH2 5DU
+44 (0)1202 557 702Visit website
The Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel is located adjacent to the Bournemouth International Centre on the Dorset coastline. There are wonderful sea views from the hotel.
Broadstone; Ferndown; The Dorset; Isle of Purbeck; Barton-on-Sea.
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