Dorset is another area in the South West of England where the prominent industries of agriculture have made way for tourism. Along with Cornwall, Dorset is now one of the most visited summer holiday destinations in the UK.
And it’s easy to see why. The county is full of picturesque coastal postcard towns, a varied landscape with the bold chalk downs, and a dramatic coastline.
It’s one of the most beautiful areas of England with much of the county falling under an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The majority of the Dorset coastline also forms part of the Jurassic Coast and is a Natural World Heritage site.
With such impressive landscapes, it’s only natural that the quality of golf courses is high in the area. Although it’s certainly a case of quality over quantity, there are a total of 34 golf courses in Dorset.
Given the dramatic coastline, you’d expect to see a number of links courses, but Dorset is actually more famous for quality heathland courses, with most of these golf courses being around Bournemouth.
Broadstone Golf Club, is a fine example of a healthland, ranking in the top 100 in the UK & Ireland and largely considered the best courses in Dorset. Set in 250 acres of stunning countryside, the course offers some fantastic views of the dramatic Dorset landscapes.
Another mature heathland course in the area (also with amazing views) is Parkstone Golf Club. The course was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Nature England with heather, pines and bunkers lining the fairways, making it a both picturesque and a tough layout.
But perhaps the most impressive views come from the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club. Set in the Dorset hills towards the coast, it’s more of a moorland-heathland mix than a links course, but the view from the 5th tee alone is worth the green fee!
With plenty to see on and off the course, and plenty of accommodation options due to the tourism infrastructure, Dorset is an excellent destination for a golfing holiday! You can check out all the golf courses in Dorset below.