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Broadstone Golf Club

Broadstone: Walk in the footsteps of giants

Why we’d rather be playing this Dorset gem

 

When it comes to Dorset golf, Broadstone Golf Club is one of the finest examples of an unspoilt heathland golf course in the south of England.

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.

History

Should you be lucky enough to tee it up in this scenic pocket of Dorset, you’ll be in for a treat.

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 the same today other than a few alterations from Willie Park, Willie Park Junior, Herbert Fowler and Colt again.

What makes Broadstone Golf Club special?

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.

Where does it rank?

107th in GB&I, 61st in England, 3rd in Dorset

Where is it?

Broadstone Golf Club is located on the south coast of England. It sits to the northwest of the city of Bournemouth.

Get in touch with Broadstone Golf Club

Broadstone Golf Club

For more information about the club and course, visit Broadstone’s website or call 01202 692 595.

You can play Broadstone on the NCG Top 100s Tour this year!

  • Register now to play in our 2024 Broadstone event on June 4th here.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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