Ferndown Golf Club (Old course)


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Ferndown Golf Club (Old course) Est. 1923

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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.

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Making Contact

Ferndown Golf Club
119 Golf Links Road,
Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8BU
England
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Office   +44 (0)1202 653 950
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1202 653 951 / 52
Fax

  +44 (0)1202 653 960

Email   golf@ferndowngolfclub.co.uk
Website   www.ferndowngolfclub.co.uk
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Golf Pro
 
Scott Godfrey (PGA, Head Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Heathland course.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk.
 
Surroundings: Residential setting.
 
Designer: Harold Hilton
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6556 6210 5644
Par 71 71 72
SSS or Slope 71 70 72
 
At the Same Location:
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).
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How2Get There?

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.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes on Championship course in high season (May thru' Sept): £110 (weekdays and Sunday pm). Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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Who can play and When?
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.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (if booked in advance).

Practice facilities
Limited
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Did you know?

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.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 82nd best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (50.796018)
Longitude: (-1.882259)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Smugglers Cottage B&B
577 Wimborne Road East, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 9NW
+44 (0)1202 870 738
www.smugglerscottageferndown.co.uk

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.

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Golf within 5 miles Ferndown
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Golf within 20 miles Broadstone; Parkstone; The Dorset; Isle of Purbeck; Barton-on-Sea.
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Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott 4-star
St Michaels Road, West Cliff, Bournemouth BH2 5DU
+44 (0)1202 557 702
www.marriotthotels.co.uk

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.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Parkstone
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Golf within 20 miles Broadstone; Ferndown; The Dorset; Isle of Purbeck; Barton-on-Sea.
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