Meyrick Park – Bournemouth, Dorset

Meyrick Park was the first municipal course constructed in England and it looks like it has matured very well. The condition of the course was very good with quick, true greens, which is a credit to the green staff considering this is probably one of the most popular courses in the area.

A solid shot is required right from the start if you are playing the first as a par 3, otherwise play it as a par 4. On the second keep the ball right of the fairway and you should be left with a short pitch into the green. If you are not long off the tee then play the third one shot longer than the card suggests this goes for the fourth hole too.

Be mindful of the slopes on the seventh followed by a sub 200 yard par 3 where you must hit the green and make sure you reach the flat area on the ninth otherwise the approach will br tricky.

The back nine starts with a par 3 that looks shorter than the card suggests, but trust in the yardage and you should be fine. After the last par 3 on the course, the twelfth, comes a chance to really fire your drive down the fairway, stay out of the bunkers and don’t go long on your approach and you could walk off the thirteenth with a birdie.

“There is no finer golf hole than the fourteenth at Meyrick Park”, stated Henry Cotton, well we beg to differ, it is a fine hole, avoid the bunkers and be sensible with the approach by laying up and you will think this hole is quite simple. Out of the closing hole the seventeenth is the trickiest, once again the main aim is too avoid the bunkers from the tee to leave a short pitch to the green.

A great municipal course with good 19th hole facilities, no wonder it is one of the most popular courses in Bournemouth.

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