Parkstone Golf Club, Dorset
Parkstone Golf Club, a seaside course, but not a traditional links, is located on a beautifully sandy tract of undulating heathland, affording magnificent views across Poole Bay and Poole Harbour.
– #91 – Golf World UK & Ireland Top 100 Courses 2015/16
– Pine and heather lined fairways. 5 par 5’s, 5 par 3’s
Originally laid out in 1909 by Willie Park Junior (twice Open Champion in 1880’s), the course was subsequently lengthened and altered by James Braid in 1932. Martin Hawtree has overseen more recent improvements.
Not overly long at 6,241 yards from the back tees, the fairways are lined with pine and heather, with a different challenge presented at every hole.
There are several thrilling tee shots, such as those at the 3rd where you play from a causeway that crosses water, the elevated tees at the 8th and 12th, and at the lovely par 3 18th over a valley towards the clubhouse.
The five excellent short holes are balanced perfectly by five very varied par 5s, each of which is progressively longer than the last.
Much work has been done recently under the supervision of Martin Hawtree, where green complexes have been completely redesigned incorporating fescue run-offs into complex surrounds.
Peter Alliss became the pro at Parkstone in 1957 and remained with the club until 1970.
6241 (white tees) 5910 (yellows tees)
Parkstone Golf Club, 49a Links Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9QS