Broadstone is a heathland fan's dream, with changes in elevation, impressive variety and several cracking holes adding to its appeal
Broadstone Golf Club Course Review
Top 100 Ranking 2021/22 - 93
Previous Rankings 2019/20 - 94 2017/18 - 96
Summer Green Fees
Round: £105wd & Sun pm; Day: £140wd
Visitor Times: Monday to Friday, and Sunday afternoons after 2pm
Medal Tee: Par 70 – 6,393 Yards
Changes since previous ranking
The bunkers on the 10th and 11th holes have been revamped.
Broadstone Golf Club Course Review
Every golfer will have his or her own view when it comes to a personal favourite among Bournemouth’s Big Three. Whatever your preference, there’s no denying that the wonderful heathland layout at Broadstone ventures through considerably more elevation changes than its Parkstone and Ferndown neighbours.
The original course was created in 1898 by Tom Dunn before a Harry Colt redesign in 1914, which introduced a number of new holes to take fuller advantage of its stunning location on expansive heathland.
In recent years, architect Frank Pont has been entrusted to take the course back closer to its Colt days with some eye-catchingly dramatic bunkering.
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Having twice traversed the same stream on the 1st (if all has gone well), the elevation changes start on the 2nd, with the course playing up to a very steep-fronted green before coming back down immediately on the 3rd, where there is water to think about.
More of Pont’s handiwork
Pont’s work is in evidence on the gorgeous par-3 6th that plays up to an another steep-fronted green with a copse of pines beyond, and again on the 8th just after the excellent, not-quite-halfway hut.
In between lies the fearsome long par-4 7th, and just as the jury is out as to which is the best of the three courses, so too is it for this ‘Marmite’ hole.
Whatever your thoughts, it is a strategically challenging par 4 thoroughly deserving of its SI 1 status, where the semi-blind drive is followed by a daunting or thrilling second (depending on your point of view!) across shallow valleys, heather and sand. Whether you like it or not, visually it is stunning.
The short par-4 14th provides yet another visual treat, playing from a highly elevated tee down and then up to a fairway surrounded by bunkers, but it is perhaps the par 3s throughout that steal the show, with the long 15th arguably the most challenging.
When your final putt drops on 18, your heart will sink with the realisation that your round is over, because when you’ve played it once, Broadstone is a course you’ll be eager to return to again and again.
A really fine example of heathland golf architecture across a diverse, heavily undulating landscape. It should perhaps have more notoriety as one of Harry Colt’s most inspirational redesigns.
The course is interesting, varied and a good challenge, particularly when it gets firm and fiery and the heather is up. With its own very unique 7th hole, and plenty more cracking holes, it’s certainly a course that you’ll remember playing and be keen to return to.
Broadstone is a heathland fan's dream, with changes in elevation, impressive variety and several cracking holes adding to its appeal.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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