Isle of Purbeck

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Top 100 X-Factor Courses in the UK

Tuesday 12th March 2024

The Purbeck Course features in 67th place in the brand new Golf World Top 100 X-Factor courses in the UK ranking.

Isle of Purbeck Course moves up 11 places in Today's Golfer England's Top 100.

Thursday 12th January 2023

Best Golf Courses in England | Today's Golfer England's Top 100. Published: 11 January 2023

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Course Status

Purbeck: Course Open - Buggies & Trolleys allowed - Please keep buggies and Trolleys away from the greens at all times - The course is still wet in places, please take extra care on any slopes or uneven ground. Thank you.
Dene : Course Open - The 3rd hole remains closed - Trolleys Allowed. After playing the 1st please make your way to the 4th tees through the rough, behind the 2nd tees and 3rd green - To play 9 holes, please play the 1st & 2nd once you have played the 9th.

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We are pleased to have appointed John Hockley as the club's new Head Greenkeeper. He comes to the Isle of Purbeck from his post as Course Manager at Gatton Manor GC. He brings a wealth of experience and has previously held positions at illustrious clubs such as Royal Cinque Ports, Wentworth, Royal Ascot, The Wisley and Foxhills. 

John works closely with both Course Consultant David Langheim and Course Architect Tim Lobb, with whom he shares a similar vision for the course. He is passionate about sustainable course management and heather regeneration and is enjoying working on a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) with the challenges this brings. 

David Langheim, our Course Consultant, has over 37 years of experience in all aspects of modern course management/equipment and irrigation. In April 2012, David achieved the qualification of Master Greenkeeper status, being only the 61st Course Manager to be presented with this award worldwide. Currently, there are only 80 Master Greenkeepers worldwide.  A very impressive achievement.

We are also delighted to have renowned course architect Tim Lobb on board, who is working towards further enhancing the Isle of Purbeck course experience. The aim is to increase the width of the playing corridors and enhance risk and reward strategy, reduce the gorse and far rough where lost balls occur, enhance and restore the heathland environment, create tee positions for all levels of golfers and to enlarge the putting surfaces where possible to spread wear and tear and capture lost pin positions. 

The team continue to work towards presenting the course in the best possible manner for everyone's enjoyment. 


The Isle of Purbeck GC was founded in 1892, the coming of the railway meant hotels were being built and Summer visitors were increasing rapidly. Among its past owners were Dr Darrell-Waters, a consultant of distinction and his wife Enid Blyton, the legendary writer of children's books. At the time the club was called the Studland Bay Golf Club and the clubhouse was located on the left hand of the Swanage to Studland road. In 1965, after 14 years in charge, Darrell-Waters sold the club to Mr Randolph, who was about to retire from his positions as Chairman and Managing Director of the family firm, The Wilkinson Sword Company. It was Randolph who in 1966 restored the club to its original name "The Isle of Purbeck GC". This was also the year the new clubhouse, still in use today, was built. It features giant fossils in the walls and the connection with the Wilkinson Sword Company , is present throughout. Swords are played for annually by the members in the Randolph Trophy. 

When you play at the Isle of Purbeck, you'll enjoy a wonderfully traditional course set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The first thing that strikes visitors is the spectacular views, looking out over Brownsea Island, Bournemouth and the Solent. Indeed, the fifth tee possesses one of the finest views in British golf. The late King Edward declared the view from this point as one of the finest in his kingdom and that opinion is not likely to be disputed by anyone who has had the chance to stand there. Each hole is located in its own unique setting, providing magnificent views and challenges. The 4 par 3's are unique in that they each face a different compass point. Consequently, each poses a different challenge based on wind direction. If you want to post a good score, be prepared for a game of strategy, brains over brawn!


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1st November - 31st March
18 holes + coffee and bacon bap

Monday-Friday £35
Saturday-Sunday £40

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Academy Membership

If you are just starting your journey into golf, The Academy Membership is the perfect programme to support you every step of the way.

You receive:

*Unlimited golf on the Dene Course*
*3 x 1 Hour individual Lessons*
*6 x 1 hour group lessons (1st Sat of the month)*
* Member Disocunt Card*

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