Thought it might be nice to suggest some "learner friendly" courses for any Golf geeks in the bournemouth area, or visitors coming down for holidays.
The Iford Golf center is pretty user friendly, mostly open for the stray shots. Big driving range there too and putting area to warm up at. Fairly relaxed although starting to look a bit tatty in areas but perfect for the beginners and enough for the more experienced golfer too.
Meryck Park is super tough. Can only play until 12 on a sunday as it's a public park and land. Don;t be fooled though, the first municipal in the country is a very tough course. Easily playable by beginners and some great holes with a real mix of challenges. It's my nemesis and in the summer, a thin covering of grass on the sloping fairways means your ball isn't always going to stop where you put it. This can level the playing field if you have someone a bit tasty with you.
Canford Magan has 3 courses, two champinship 18's and an academy 9. tight on dress code but two lovely courses that share an 18th green. I prefer the riverside but on the back 9 you need to be a bit more accurate off the tee or you'll be in trouble/water/ditch
Moors Valley is a nice course, plays as two different courses. The front 11 are a long reach parklands type course, the back 7 need a more tactical game. Big hitters don't always triumph here. I find the staff a little too self important and it gets busy at the weekends but a really nice place to play golf and most holes are wide enough for the stray shot with a couple really inviting you to have a crack with the big guns.
A bit spoilt for choice down this way so lots ofothers to consider but I've played all these and enjoyed them. I generally shoot about 100 so I'm not great but all these are managable. Expect to pay £24-£28 a round although most offer twighlight rates either side of full summer season. No handicaps certs required.
If you are down this way, enjoy.