The Club at Meyrick Park

The Club at Meyrick Park, Bournemouth, South West, England, BH2 6LH

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24 reviews of The Club at Meyrick Park

Although billed as a challenging "championship" course, very disappointing. The course was very tatty, fairways were dry and unkempt, bunker maintenance non existent and the greens, although smooth and true had lots of bare patches and would need a lot of work to bring them up to a reasonable standard. No single hole stood out as a "signature" hole, they all seemed a to be similar. (Raised tee, play over a valley to a raised green). The club house is smaller than my club's half way house and has an empty feel about it. Don't use the change rooms, the smell will drive you out in 5 seconds. If you're a member of any half decent golf club you will be extremely disappointed with the conditions and facilities. Harry Colt must be turning in his grave.

Posted by Joe Vann on 27/09/2013
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Played on 12/9/13. I first played Meyrick Park in 1989 when it was a council municipal course, and this was my first return visit. I'd forgotten what a fine track it is - parts of it reminded me of my own course, the Addington. There are many exceptional holes: the 1st, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th and 17th were my favourites.

Sadly, the course is not in the best of condition. The greens are particularly poor with weeds, holes and evidence of disease on many of them. The bunkers are also in a sorry state of repair. I got the impression that the hotel and spa (which look excellent) get most of the investment and the course is paid lip service.

I recommend that you use the dreadful golf changing rooms to change your shoes but use the spa changing rooms for everything else; the facilities are second to none.

Overall, the course needs a tidy up; nothing a million quid couldn't sort out. Come on Club Co, fork out some money and get this course back to its former glory. 8.5/10 for course design, 6/10 for current condition.

Posted by Peter Frost on 12/09/2013
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Start with the good bit,played in the dry in June. About the course, greens were in fair condition, tees could do with some serious work on them, fairways not too bad, with some investment this course could be a joy to play. Really bad bits, 5+ hours !!!! Dogs mess on one of the tees, dog owners letting their dogs run amok about the course, a park ranger would help move the golfers along and control the errant dog owners!!

Posted by rich keith on 18/06/2013
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A very tough course and not recommended for the high handicapper. On most holes you're in a lot of trouble if you don't make 200+ yards off the tea.

Fairways are narrow and in generally in very poor condition. Miss the fairway and you're looking at lost balls - I lost 8 balls! Several tee boxes lie unprotected behind the previous greens in direct line of approaching shots.

It also seems to be run like a municipal course with groups being packed in and started about every 6 minutes - we had 2 4's and a 5 (yes a 5) in front of us (a 2-b all) with an impatient 3 ball behind us. It all made for a frustrating experience.

Green conditions were ok - considering the amount of play they must get.

Members of the public have free access to the whole course walking their dogs - dozens of them stroll across the fairways in front of you with the casual gate of knowing if hit they will sue you. Also with so many members of the public on the course it's not surprising that so many balls go missing. Saw one bloke collecting balls on the course - unacceptable in my opinion, but with absolutely no ground staff on the course not surprising

Overall - wouldn't want to play again - too hard, poor condition, way too many players on the course

Posted by Chaos on 09/10/2011
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Wow! This is a spectacular course.

Unfortunately for Meyrick Park, it is spectacularly bad. The day starts with a distinctly unpleasant changing facilty, followed by a 244yd par 3...which is a tough start given the lack of a useful practice area.

Every single green was in exceptionally poor condition...I've seen better prepared fairways. Every putt was a struggle to get anywhere near the hole they were so slow. The bunkers were very poor, many of them sporting vegetation as well as sand.

Add to this some very poor tee boxes, and many fairways with large bare patches, its clear not a lot of effort goes into the upkeep of the place.

The setting is pleasant with lots of trees around, which was the only redeeming feature, its just a shame they put such a crappy course in between them.

I honestly can't think why it was busy as I don't know why anyone would play it more than once.

Posted by Simon Topp on 12/09/2011
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Nice trees, they really should consider cultivating some grass in between them.
Played this course on a Sunday morning and was grateful to get away before the hordes. A reasonable design with some long par 3s, but poor fairways and extremely slow greens was not a great advert. Understand that this is a public course, but disppointed, nonetheless
Steve 14.09.09

Posted by Steve Paddon on 14/09/2009
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Decided I wanted to go and play this course again having played it 8 years previously.
The design of the holes really is its elling point. Some truly memorable holes and beautiful scenery.
Just about every shot makes you think and there is no 'up and down' that you see on some courses.
Whilst not overly long, accuracy is the key round here and many tee shots require you to place rather than belt the ball.
Was pleasantly suprsed by frendliness of the numerous locals walking dogs. Almost every one greeted me with a 'morning' - no doubt puzzled how someone can be on the 14th at 6.30am!
Very few negatives really about the course, the greens at times looked a little discoloured but suspect that was down to treatment on them and the inclement weather this year. I would say that whoever put the marker post on the 17th must have just left the bar before doing so. I have now played the hole three times and each time hit the ball straight over the post and into trouble. Having seen the hole on google earth my suspicions were confirmed! Make surte you aim right of it, because if you are able to hit a ball further than 200 yards, youll end up in the cabbage!!!
Highly recomended, if you get a chance to play (and stay) here - do so.

Posted by Mark Haydon on 09/08/2009
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Played in the Bournemouth Open last week which is held over Meyrick & Queens Park golf courses. Meyrick was in excellent condition with the greens quick and true. Considering the number of rounds that must be played on the course each year it really is a credit to the greenstaff.
Both Meyrick and Queens Parks must be two of the best municipal golf courses in the UK with trouble on most holes for a wayward shot (you don't need to be that far off line).
The off course facilities are well up to standard with friendly and helpful staff.

Posted by Warrick Dawson on 10/06/2009
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Played this course for the second time recently. The course has it's challenges & the first hole is rated as one of the most difficult on a municipal course in the UK. It's a par 3 & I improved by 2 on last years score. Still took 5!! (Who says golf doesn't mess with your head. Got severley punished for going right a couple of times but what can I say, I should learn to hit the ball straight.
Staff were very friendly & helpfull. Wouldn't object to going back next year.

Posted by Kev Shail on 27/04/2009
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For municipal this was great. Good condition is a must with any golf course and this was. It is quite difficult to play so I guess the locals must go to an easy course(I don't blame them). Even so this is a must as it has to be one of the best municipals in England.

Posted by Michael Holmes on 20/07/2008
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Played Wednesday 19th March, greens in good condition but every tee
was a poor quality mat which caused problems. Lack of signs directing you to the next tee led to some problems especially for the two members following our twosome. We were met by the course warden on the 14th and warned for slow play (finished in 3hrs!!) in an officious and unfriendly manner. Course not memorable at all!

Posted by J Blakesmith on 20/03/2008
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Excellent challenging course in great condition. Some of the par 3's are pretty tough, and thought that the 8th was the one of the best short holes I've seen. Great value & friendly staff.
Only criticism would be that we did feel a bit rushed. This is probably down to the fact that you get several shortish holes in a row, so never get far ahead of the following group.
It may be short, but feels like a full workout& 3.5hrs for a round on a Saturday morning is a bonus.

Posted by Grant Mackenzie on 22/08/2006
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Can only strengthen the feedback already given by previous players, this course is superb, each hole felt like a new course, lots of different challenges, greens were spot on and all staff were very friendly. I have not enjoyed a round of golf as much as I did this.
For £15 with a 241 what a bargain, the par 3 first is certainly daunting, I got a 4 and was pleased with that, the 14th is awesome. Whilst not the longest course, you have to be straight otherwise the tree lined fairways will eat you up.
Trying to find a negative as it cant be perfect, so some of the tee boxes were not great, and the beer was Castlemaine or Stella which is not great, but that is being unbelievably harsh.
Basically play this course and enjoy a meal afterwards in the lodge, you will not be disappointed.

Posted by Andy Potter on 28/07/2006
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Played on a lovely sunny day in June 06. Picked this club at random as was staying locally for the weekend.
What a great course - if i lived locally i'd be on it every weekend!!! Staff were friendly. Greens were great condition, and each hole has its own personality and requires some thought.
The first i think is a little dawnting when you first stand up there - but dont be intimidated, play sensibly and a par is not out of the question.
14th hole is beautiful.
Would highly recommend it.

Posted by Neil Tomlinson on 13/06/2006
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Played Sunday 26th March, on a rainy day, which may have discouraged others as we weren't held up at all, and able to play at our own pace. Meyrick Park is one of the best courses i've ever had the pleasure to play......especially for £20! The 14th hole has been described as the best hole in golf.....and i'm not going to argue with that! The 17th had been reduced from a par 4 to a par 3 when we played (no idea why)?
We had a bit of difficulty in finding the bar afterwards & the club shop wasn't open when we finished.....otherwise, fantastic!

Posted by Lee Hopkins on 27/03/2006
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Played this course on Sunday 26th September. A rather off-putting start as there were some 25 players to go in front of our Society of 16 with just 30 minutes to go before our tee time. We thus started some 40 minutes late and the pace of the game was predictably very slow. Many of the early short holes, including the first, are "call up holes" which heightens the impression of playing golf in very crowded conditions. However, it is in very good condition considering the wear and tear it must absorb, and some of the later holes are quite excellent in terms of the challenge presented. We certainly enjoyed the game but wouldn't necessarily wish to play it on a Sunday morning.

Posted by Nigel Weekes on 07/10/2004
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Apart from the well known first hole, this course is the best public course I have ever played. Not the longest course around, but the tree lined fairways require real accuracy. The par 5 14th is my favourite hole.

Posted by Sam on 26/09/2002
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What a great course, both challenging and pleasing on the eye. This is a must play course if you are ever in the area. Well maintained and needs a lot of thought to post a good score.

Posted by Peter Hayes on 20/06/2002
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This is by far the public course i have ever played the greens are superb. There are some magnificent holes including 3 very long tough par 3's and also a wonderful tree lined par 5 on the back nine that was just brilliant. I would put this course forward as the best value for money course around!

Posted by Paul on 13/05/2002
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I have recently played meyrick Park. It is a superb golf course and fantastic value for money. The accommodation on the course is superb and great for a golfing holiday.

Posted by Michael Robinson on 12/03/2002
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Apparently the 1st municipal course in England, Meyrick Park is a real treat to play. The golf commentator, Peter Alliss, rates the 1st as one of the toughest opening holes around. The greens are beautifully maintained and there is plenty of variation from hole to hole.

Posted by Baj on 27/02/2002
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I had the pleasure of playing Meyrick Park over four days in late August and found each day different. The ground staff move the tee pegs and flags around the greens almost daily creating new challenges.
Tight course with short but demanding par 4's and some long very demanding par 3's.
Highly recommend to all standards of golfer.

Posted by Les Parsons on 03/09/2001
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Wonderful course, some tough holes and I agree what!! a starting hole 200 yards par 3 over a valley! The greens are great and the ground staff very helpful. One of the best courses I have played either side of the atlantic. For this time of the year a real must

Posted by Tom Hughes on 05/04/2001
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This was on of the best public courses I have ever played. The first has to be the toughest opening hole I have ever seen. A Par 3 of 248 yards which you have to carry as there is a 100ft drop to the fairway. The greens were supberb for the time of year. Well worth the £14 green fee we had to pay

Posted by Gary.Rees@hds.com on 30/03/2000
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