What we say
Situated on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Bridport is a classy clifftop track with a splendid variety of holes. But the one you'll never forget playing is the par-3 6th. Although only 133 yards, it's been voted in the top 100 holes in the world and involves a tee shot from the top of the cliffs to the green way down below. Thrilling clifftop layout and though not long still provides a sporting challenge, especially the sensational par-3 6th signature hole with the green sitting 90ft below the elevated tee. Pick the right club... or else.
A warm welcome awaits golfers at Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club. It is situated on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and is a natural cliff-top golf course with stunning views over Lyme Bay, Chesil Beach and the Dorset countryside. The golf course measures 5,875 yards, par 70 from the visitors' tees and 6,213 yards, par 71 from the competition tees.
The challenging links course is unique as it is set on a cliff top and is part of the World Heritage coastline, an area of outstanding beauty. Large grass mounds, sculptured bunkers and stone walls are all inherent features of the golf course. The signature 6th hole, known as Port Coombe, was recently voted in the top 100 holes in the world. A spectacular hole of only 133 yards but dropping from the top of the cliff to a green almost at sea level far below.
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- Address The Clubhouse, Burton Road, BRIDPORT
- Tel 01308 421491
- Website www.bridportgolfclub.org.uk
|Green Fees||£40 (round) £50 (day) £25 Twilight rate after 3pm|
- Course has: Bar
- Course does not have: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course has: Dress Code
- Course does not have: Club Hire
- Course does not have: Handicap
Scoring is not easy. The first 3 holes can easily catch you out. The first is over 400 yards dog leg right to a green which will throw off any ball hit to the wrong area. The Second is just under 400 yards but plays longer to it playing slightly uphill and into the prevailing wind and the tee shot on the par 5 third has to be played over a dip which requires a long tee shot to clear. Any shot not struck well is in danger of being kicked towards the out of bounds. To play these holes in level par is tough but if you can, a good score is on the cards. The rest of the front 9 plays much easier with the highlight of the round being the short par 3 6th hole with its elevates tee to a green 90ft below. The back 9 plays a lot longer and is tougher to score on. The highlight holes being the par 3 10th over water, the par 4 12th of the yellow tees and par 5 of the white tees which requires an accurate drive and a long second shot over a wall, the long par 4 15th which plays into the wind and the par 5 16th which is a risk and reward hole which requires down wind and can be reached in two shots but requires a long accurate second shot which has to be played over a dip to reach the landing area where the ball can run on to reach the green. If it is played as a three shot hole, the third shot is played blind due to the ball being played from the dip over the raised landing area. The condition of the course is good. The greens rolled out well and were a joy to putt on. A couple of the tees need renovation due to them being a little uneven and being damaged by rabbits digging holes in them. The main minus point is the heavy rough which is very long and matted. A stray shot which lands in it should be treated as a possible lost ball. It is definitely a course to play again.
First impressions were good with a very friendly pro, a decent bar and good sandwiches before we played. The course starts with what looks a straightforward dog leg right, until you reach the upturned saucer green, and find the first hidden trick this course has. There are several more around, and combined with the coastal wind, it makes for a testing but not impossible challenge. No two holes felt the same, which the natural contours and features used very well to make you hit the full range of shots. The 6th gets a lot of comments, and it isn't really a difficult hole, requiring just a sand wedge, but it is a real 'wow' hole - make sure you look back from the 7th fairway. Good tees and greens, given it was early May, although I would expect a bit more pace in a week or two's time. Off course, an excellent range and practice facilites, pleasant dressing rooms, a busy bar, and friendly and good quality food - nothing fancy, but hearty and filling. Definitley one to recommend if you're down that way.
Played the course on a sunny sunday afternoon with not a breath of wind. No doubt the coastal clifftop views were breathtaking and enhanced the experience but the course itself left a lot to be desired. A decent looking track on paper was let down by the quality of its teeing areas and greens. The greens were not cut and almost as long as the fairways in parts! But it was the teeing areas that were the biggest disappointment, especially at the 6th (the signature hole - a spectacular clifftop par 3 with a100 foot drop) where there was only loose dirt and literally no grass cover at all!! Not the lie you want off the tee with a wedge in your hands!!