You will be walking in the footsteps of giants should you be lucky enough to tee it up in this scenic pocket of Dorset. Broadstone was officially opened in 1898 with a foursome that included five-time Open champions JH Taylor and James Braid along with AJ Balfour who would go on to become Prime Minister. Then, in 1914, Harry Colt redesigned the course in the heathland, with the present 5th to the 16th holes being added to cut out the parkland ones. This is as the course remains pretty much today other than a few alterations from Willie Park, Willie Park Junior, Herbert Fowler and Colt again.
Esteemed writer Bernard Darwin described Broadstone as the ‘Gleneagles of the South’, adding that it was ‘one of those spots clearly designed by providence for a golf course’ and the rolling terrain and views for miles around certainly make it prime golfing estate.
After working your way up to the 5th tee, through the pines, gorse and rhododendrons, it takes on more of the heathland feel.
Not overly long, it is more a test of accuracy though it is likely that every club in the bag will get at least a couple of outings and the variety, which comes with each hole, is the real strength.
Picturesque throughout, should you be able to shape the ball this way and that you are in for a profitable day – just as it should be.
Bernard Darwin described Broadstone as the ‘Gleneagles of the South’, adding it was ‘one of those spots clearly designed by providence for a golf course’.
7th 422 yards, par 4
It comes as little surprise that this plays as the Stroke Index 1. Trust the marker post to give yourself a better chance of an even lie as anything aimed at the green will likely leave a hanging lie. Then a long iron/hybrid will be required to an elevated, sloping green.
8th 203 yards, par 3
All four short holes are excellent, and different, though this is probably the best, given the difficulty and view from the top of the heathland. At over 200 yards keep to the left of any pin and afford yourself an extra club.
13th 442 yards, par 4
Should you get a draw going off the tee this hole can be reduced to a drive and a flick but miss the fairway and any number might be produced. A sloping green, from front right to back left, makes any approach tricky.