What they say…
The historic 18 Hole Championship Golf Course of Meyrick Park has an impressive array of golf facilities to meet your bespoke needs, and help you gain or improve your handicap.
Established in 1894, Meyrick Park’s Championship 18 Hole Golf Course draws golfers from all over Europe due to its rich heritage and demanding test of golf. Meyrick Park is Bournemouth’s best-kept secret, and set within 120 acres of undulating scenic parkland with verdant tree-lined fairways, provides a country setting in the heart of the town.
The 18 Hole Championship Golf Course confronts golfers with a number of memorable challenges, most notably the opening 244-yard Par 3, where the driver is over a valley to a small green cut in a hill. Also, the highly acclaimed 14th hole, immortalized by the word of Henry Cotton– “There is no finer hole than that of the 14th at Meyrick Park”
What we say…
Meyrick Park is a municipal course, but don’t let that put you off. Its by no means easy and the club is right when it says its one of “Bournemouth’s best kept secrets”.
The first hole used to be, one of the longest Par 3’s in the country and its not difficult to come away with a double bogey if you push your tee shot. The first sets the mood for the rest of the round, this course is tight and requires a sensible head and good course management, you can quite easily play the majority of the holes with out taking the driver out of the bag.
Patience is required, the course is a public area so you will find dog walkers just popping out of nowhere with no real thought as to the danger they put themselves in, but once they are out of the way you can settle in to the surrounding and play some great holes. Henry Cotton has noted the 14th as one of the finest golf holes in England, and it is a great hole, a long par 5 that narrows the closer you get to the green, but there are a number of of holes that are just as challenging. The Par 3 8th is great risk/reward hole, if you put it on the green you can easily birdie but any where else see’s you in thick heather or your ball rolling 50ft down the green side hill.
In the summer this course is great, but that means it is busy with lots of voucher players and discounts through tee time providers, you can easily expect 3.5 hours just for a 2 ball and 5 hours for 4 of you. Although the course is well laid out, the greens are well maintained, quick and true the fairways can let Meyrick Park down as the drainage isn’t great. The care and attention and the irrigation & drainage systems are only around the greens. In the winter months the course can get quite chewed up due to the dog walkers so its best to play spring or late summer if you want a good, quick but testing round.
The club company try to charge £32 for a morning weekend round at Meyrick Park, don’t pay it. This course is great value when played with mid week deals starting at £10, however, with some tee time providers you can get an weekend afternoon game for £18. If you are going to pay £30+ pounds you may be a little disappointed.
The Course is part of a health complex so the facilities are great, nice changing rooms and a gym to be used if you have a pass. There is a golf clubhouse which is open on Wednesday and weekends but there is also the bar and restaurant in the health club. The pro shop is small but well stocked and the club pro is extremely helpful.
If you are happy to wait until you find a cheep tee time or a voucher to play this course then its definitely worth a go.