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Isle of Purbeck

Isle of Purbeck: The breathtaking course with a special backstory

Why we would rather be playing Isle of Purbeck with its unrivalled scenery

 

The vista from the Isle of Purbeck is simply breathtaking. The course is positioned on a high heathland plateau and the 360-degree panorama continually interrupts one’s concentration of the game at hand.

This Harry Colt-designed, 6,295 yard heathland course is set in a nature reserve and with a par of 70 it is certainly more testing than its modest yardage suggests.

The Purbeck Course is dominated by the Jurassic Coastline, the chalk ridge known as the Purbeck Hills and is bordered by Poole Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

Despite not being a challenge in terms of length, the unforgiving nature of the layout and general contours of the course mean that anything other than excellent course management and straight accurate hitting will be punished.

History

The club dates way back to 1892, and among the past owners, who were responsible for the extension to 27 holes, were Enid Blyton, the legendary writer of children’s books, and her husband, Dr Darrell-Waters.

The club was modified at the beginning of the 20th century by Colt, one of the all time great architects, and Purbeck now boasts the Dene course, a nine-holer which is suited to the beginner or high handicap golfer, as well as an ideal practice point for those wishing to take on the championship course.

What makes Isle of Purbeck special?

It is rare to find anywhere in the world with views this special. There is no wonder the course listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, but the real glory of Isle of Purbeck is that they come on all four sides, whether looking out to the Isle of Wight, across the bay, or inland to the Purbeck Hills.

The championship course at Purbeck is one that all golfers should savour, as not only are the views stunning but the course itself is quite spectacular to play and provides a stern challenge for even the most accomplished golfer.

If there is a golf course where you could drag your non-golfing partner along, this is it. You might even see some wild horses…

The last decade has been particularly busy, and Purbeck’s owners realised the immense amount of potential that the club truly has with its glorious views across Poole Harbour and the Purbeck Hills.

With this in mind, David hired golf course architects Lobb and Partners, as well as golf course consultant David Langheim, with the goal of providing members and visitors alike with a course which matches its superb vista across the coastline.

In particular, these course improvements have come off the back of purchasing new course machinery, along with the overseeding of fairways.

Where does it rank?

163rd in GB&I, 89th in England, 4th in Dorset

Where is it?

Isle of Purbeck is situated on the south coast of England about two miles north of Swanage. It is in the shadows of Corfe Castle, with Poole and Bournemouth to the north.

Get in touch with Isle of Purbeck

Isle of Purbeck

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 01929 450361.

You can play Isle of Purbeck on the NCG Top 100s Tour this year!

  • Register now to play in our 2024 Isle of Purbeck event on June 5th 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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