What they say…
Spread over 6002 yards with 18 holes and par 71, Bulbury Woods Golf Course in Dorset is as tight as it is tricky and the lush, tree-lined fairways, the unexpected bunkers, twists and turns all help to make playing the Bulbury Woods course an unforgettable experience in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
From first hole to last, it’s an enjoyable experience, the surrounding ancient woodland, gently undulating landscape and panoramic views across the Purbecks providing the perfect backdrop to every stroke and step.
What we say…
The first hole on the course is a slight dog leg right par 4. It’s a great first hole to get you into the swing of things; it isn’t too challenging but tricky enough to keep you on your toes. The second hole however is a different story, the tee box is pushed righ up against the left hand side of the hole which has a thick tree line that runs right up to the last 75 yards of the fairway. If you push out to the right you can either get caught in the ditch, head OB or land the the large bunker half way up the hole, and so the course begins to show its true colours.
Bulbury woods requires accuracy more than distance, if you couple that with its hard and fast greens you have the setting for an interesting round of golf. The hard and easy holes tend to come in batches, you get the calm before the golfing storm, then when you think the course is going to kick you again it chucks out a lovely little par three where you can get your confidence back.
There are some great looking holes on this course, Hole 5 is one, a tricky double dog leg par 5 home to strategically placed bunkers that can easily catch out wayward tee shots. Hole 8 will really start to test your skills with a difficult dog leg left par 4 and a severe slope from right to left running the length of the fairway.From your tee shot you’ll need to aim a little right if you want your ball to feed into the centre of the fairway to allow you to get on the well protected bunkered green which is over the stream.
Another tick in the box for Bulbury is the price, at £25 for a weekend round its great value for money for non members and if you can pick up a green fee voucher you can play the full 18 for less than £20. The price doesn’t mean that the club is skimping in other areas though, the clubhouse does good food and good beer with plenty of space inside or outside. The staff here are great, it has a real “family run” atmosphere and if you’re not happy with anything during your day they really want to understand why.
If you’re in Dorset and you want to play a well maintained and challenging course without a hefty price tag then you wont find many better courses than Bulbury Woods