Bournemouth proved to be a fine golfing break

I’VE just come back from a short golfing break in Bournemouth – and very nice it was too.

I’VE just come back from a short golfing break in Bournemouth – and very nice it was too.

Organised by Mr Graham Cook, he of former Felixstowe Ferry and Seckford Golf Club fame, our group of eight took in three courses, sampled the local hostelries (as you do) and enjoyed wall to wall sunshine.

Staying in the centre of Bournemouth, we played three courses, Queen’s Park, Meyrick Park and Moors Valley – all three proving a solid test of golf.

You can see Queen’s Park on the road into Bournemouth and with plenty of heather and gorse you needed to be straight, especially with all the pine trees around.

While my four-ball cruised nicely round, the other four had problems with dogs roaming across greens, on a course where the public freely roamed.

Meyrick Park’s opening hole is a 244-yard par three, followed not long after by a 242-yard par three, fourth hole. Two threes there and you are set for a good round – not that I would find out!

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I can’t think of a course that has such daunting par threes so soon from the off, can you?

Anyhow, it was another decent course, as was our final one, Moors Valley.

Moors Valley is a Country Park and there are plenty of activities available apart from just golf, including a small train track – Choo! Choo!

But the course was lovely, although the greens much slower than the previous two courses (which was my excuse for a below average putting effort).

Standing outside the clubhouse, with drink in hand at Moors Valley, you are surrounded by netting, so close to the 18th are you positioned.

It’s not a long finishing hole at Moors, but a shanked, or topped-9-iron to the green, could easily scatter 19th hole drinkers, hence the netting.

We stayed in a hotel in the centre of Bournemouth and all the courses were within 15 minutes drive.

My touring friends mostly behaved themselves, although with all, bar my good friend Les Osborne (landlord of the famous Witnesham Barley Mow), now as good as retired, most have too much time on their hands.

They found it oh so funny to keep taking my green fee off me every day, only for me not to realise I had already paid up front as part of the overall deal.

That will teach me for working all day, helping get the country’s deficit down, while most of them play golf!

WE booked our golf tour through Golf Breaks, where a hotel, bed, breakfast and evening meal, plus three rounds of golf cost �210. There were plenty of hotels and other courses to choose from to suit your budget.

TELL me about your golf trips, with family or friends.? Good fun? And what are some of the best courses you have played? mike.bacon@archant.co.uk,

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