- Paul Graham-Fielding
Meyrick Park - One of Bournemouth's Best Kept Secrets.
Updated: Mar 12, 2019
Meyrick Park is a municipal course, but don’t let that put you off. It’s by no means easy and the club is right when it says it’s one of “Bournemouth’s best kept secrets”. The course is less than half a mile from the town centre and once you’re stood outside the club house you wouldn’t realise, you’re surrounded by towering woodland and undulating fairways.
The first hole used to be one of the longest Par 3′s in the country and it’s 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 without taking the driver out of the bag.
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 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 anywhere else sees you in thick heather or your ball rolling 50ft down the green side hill.
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.
£32 on a weekend is a little pricey but there are plenty of green fee deals for Meyrick starting at as little as £11.
Definitely worth a play.