Sam is right. Purbeck caters to visitors with its open play policy on weekends. The price is also right for a guy just taking a day to play golf while on holiday in the area. Isle of Purbeck Cont.
The opening four holes in no way prepared me for what comes next. We now enter the Agglestone Studland Heath where the terrain suddenly becomes sandy and scrubby. The views over Poole Bay and Harbour are quite a treat as well. On a high tee, one hits blindy over heather and gorse to the landing zone. It would seem the club was a bit more thoughtful about the bunker integration because the entire hole visually and physically works.....very, very well. This is why we have come to Purbeck!
The uphill approach is made far easier by challenging the troublesome right side of the fairway.
Not to be outdone, the three-shot 6th too is an excellent hole. Shaped like a banana, it pays to keep left in the hopes of avoiding a blind carry.
Perhaps overly sentimental, but I like it.
Many will be able to reach the green in two, but the risks are high. Below is the uphill approach after a layup.
Looking back to the tee. The cut in on the right is a nifty feature.
We exit the heathland area as abruptly as we entered it. The next hole plays over wet terrain, it almost feels like recovered swamp.
The 8th offers a curious view from the tee. One can play as far right as desired, but a push may see the ball disappear.
After playing Barton on Sea's 7th the previous day I wasn't expecting to encounter any gargantuan holes for a spell. However, upon rounding the corner it became clear this hole is not a diminutive par 5. Playing all uphill for the approach, I could now see why cheating right on the drive would help ease the pain of this 594 yard hole. The one positive is the hole is so long we come back to the heath! None of us could make out the green. Visually it seemed like the green should run back to front right, yet it ran front to back left.
More to follow.