Peter Alliss once described The Ashley Wood Golf Club as the best kept secret in Dorset. The club was founded in 1896 and constructed on a natural free-draining chalk downland with spectacular views over the surrounding Dorset countryside. The club has grown and improved substantially since 1896 with the addition of 9 holes and, most recently, course improvements including new tees, improved fairways and new irrigation to keep the greens in perfect shape. The clubhouse patio is the perfect location in the summer for enjoying a drink and looking out over the course. The chalk downland terrain at Ashley Wood Golf Club means that the course drains very quickly and remains playable in all but the most extreme weather conditions. With an improved watering system the greens are kept in prime condition throughout the year. The course is par 70 and at 6,308 yards and, although not the longest golf course in Dorset, the last five holes provide a strong challenge for all levels of ability - especially if the wind is blowing. The fairways have gentle undulations with some tricky landing areas off the tee but are easy walking and a joy to play from. Regardless of your handicap, if you're looking for a challenging game of golf in Dorset you won't be disappointed.