Studland, Dorset BH19 3AB
18 holes. Heathland course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Above distances are for the Purbeck championship course. Also at Isle of Purbeck GC is the nine-hole Dene course (par-33; 2007 yards).
16 miles (by road) SW of Bournemouth
From Wareham follow the A351 direction Swanage. After approx 4.5 miles, just before Corfe Castle, turn left onto the B3351 direction Studland Bay. After approx 3.5 miles golf club is on your left.
Isle of Purbeck Golf Club: Occupying its lofty perch and wonderfully natural setting on the Isle of Purbeck hills, the views from just about every hole on this heathland golf course are simply stunning. Whether you are looking across Poole Harbour to the Dorset countryside beyond, along the Studland Bay coast to Bournemouth, or across to the Solent and the Isle of Wight, panoramic vistas are all around.
If your objectives include more than just sight-seeing, then you'll need to pay attention to this constantly challenging layout, especially if the wind is getting in on the act, as it often does. The good-width and often undulating fairways are frequently bordered by deep grass and/or heathery rough. Gorse bushes are also much in evidence, and like the rest of the rough, well worth avoiding.
The conditioning of the fairways here has been known to be variable. But at this wonderfully scenic and exposed-to-the-elements location, a highly manicured parkland course is not necessarily what you'd expect to find.
Pick of the holes: hard to forget the par-4 5th (Agglestone), which offers one of the finest views in Engish golf, situated as it is, on a Bronze Age burial ground over 3,000 years old. The par-3 11th (The Island) may look intimidating from the tee, with a crater-like bunker guarding the front left of the green, but the two-tier putting surface is actually easier to find than you may think.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Founded in 1982, and at one time called the Studland Bay Golf Club, the club's most famous former owner was the famous children's story book writer, Enid Blyton. During the period she and her husband Dr Darrell-Waters owned the club, the 9-hole course was added. The modern clubhouse not only provides a terrific vantage point to take in the panoramic views, it is also a place where excellent food can be enjoyed before and after your round.
England: 86th best course in England (Golf World, 2023).
Wareham, Dorset BH20 4ND
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In the grounds of a former priory and with the current building dating back to the 16th century, this is a hotel brimming with history and character. It is also wonderfully located, with lawns leading down to the River Piddle (or Trent) close to Wareham Bridge.
The Dorset; Isle of Purbeck; Broadstone; Parkstone; Ferndown
91 High Street, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2LZ
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Combining a country house with a modern hotel, nestling in expansive gardens with a large car park in the centre of Swanage, yet 300 yards from the sea front and the sandy beaches.
Isle of Purbeck
The Dorset; Broadstone; Parkstone; Ferndown.
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