Pitch and Putt is just one of several fun activities that visitors to Kirkwood Park can take part in. This 1000+ meter course offers a total of eighteen par three short courses, providing a fun yet challenging round of golf for both older children and adults alike. Each hole has its own special identity. Some being longer than others, some over the brook, some have numerous bunkers to avoid, and some offer challenging greens.
Course maintenance is taken seriously, with the putting greens being cut as often as three times each week. Each greens fee includes the choice of a high-quality stainless steel pitching wedge, sand iron, nine iron (or approach wedge) and a putter. All clubs are offered in both left and right-hand versions and there are several different sizes available. There are men’s to ladies’ sizes, as well as smaller clubs for children as young as five years of age. For just £1, children under five can participate by putting a dropped ball on the green near the hole.
Each player is provided with two golf balls, with extras being made available for purchase at a rate of 50p each. Also provided are a handful of tees, a pencil, and a scorecard. Visitors are welcome to play a nine and nine combo of any of Kirkwood Park’s offered games for the same price as the full eighteen hole course. To do this, simply pay a visit to the clubhouse after the first nine holes have been completed and a staff member will provide you with the second necessary kit.
About Kirkwood Park
Kirkwood Park is located in the heart of Swanage, near the middle of the seafront. Its 18-hole course is designed for a number of activities, including pitch and putt, football and frisbee golf. All ages are welcome and activity prices included everything that is needed to participate. There is no dress code and there are no strict rules to contend with. Kirkwood only asks that you notify them in advance if you plan to bring a large group. With that being said, they do cater to large families or groups and are happy to be a part of stag/hen parties, competitions, or other group activities. The option to play just 9-holes is available for those who do not wish to play the full eighteen.
The Pitch and Putt site is a wildlife haven, comprised of mature trees and hedgerows. The Swan Brook runs through the area, along with rough grasslands that are home to a variety of birds and butterflies. Visitors are treated to views of Ballard Down and the Swanage Steam Railway which runs alongside Kirkwood Park. A variety of basic refreshments are available for purchase from the reception area, but guests are invited to bring in their own snacks and drinks. Picnic benches and grassy areas are provided to all, free of cost. On-site parking is also provided for free and restrooms are available.
Pitch and Putt Driving Directions
From Wareham, take the road leading into Swanage and proceed directly to Victoria Avenue. Kirkwood Park is on the right.
From Studland or the ferry, take the road leading into Swanage beach and then turn right onto Victoria Avenue. The park is 600m ahead on the left.
The park is within walking distance from the station, coach parks, seafront, and the Swanage town centre.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the days and hours of operation?
Kirkwood Park is open daily from June to September from 9:30 am until dusk. From the week before Easter to the end of May, as well as during the month of October, the park is open only Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and all school holidays. The park is closed all months not mentioned here.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, the park is dog-friendly. They do ask that all dogs be kept on leads and that owners clean up after their pet.
How much does it cost to play?
To play 9 holes: £5 for adults and £4 for under 16 years. To play any 18 holes: £8.50 for Adults and £6.50 for under 16 years.
How can I contact Kirkwood Park?
The park can be reached via phone by calling 01929 426809, or emailed using the provided contact form on their website: https://www.swanagegolfgames.com/contact-us