Woburn Golf Club (Duchess' course)

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Woburn Golf Club (Duchess' course) Est. 1979

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Woburn Golf Club (Duchess' course): Although a respectable 6,651 yards from the back tees, the Duchess' course is the shortest of Woburn's superb triumvirate of championship golf courses. The bigger tournaments and accolades are usually reserved for the Duke's and Marquess' courses, but for lovers of wooded parkland golf, the enchanting Duchess is not a course to overlook.

The Duchess' possesses many of the same undulating woodland qualities as its more renowned siblings, but is undeniably the tightest of the three. Here it is best to employ a game strategy based on accuracy and good course management, rather than attempting to over-power the course with big-hitting from the tee. The gently undulating tree-lined fairways offer more space than you might at first think, although it won't necessarily look that way on a first outing.

Charles Lawrie, who also designed the Duke's course, ensured the holes on the Duchess wend their way through majestic corridors of pines, arriving at mercurially sloping, but not overly large greens. The smallish putting surfaces are stylishly defended by plenty of neatly trimmed bunkers.

Often regarded as a junior sibling reposing in the shadows of the much heralded Duke's and Marquess' courses, don't for a moment think that the elegant Duchess' is a course lacking in looks or challenge - nothing could be further from the truth. Always beautifully presented, here you will find a golf course most definitely fit for a Duchess.

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Making Contact

Woburn Golf Club
Little Brickhill,
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 9LJ
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Office   +44 (0)1908 370 756
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1908 626 600

  +44 (0)1908 378 436

Email   golf.enquiries@woburn.co.uk
Website   www.woburngolf.co.uk
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Golf Pro
Luther Blacklock (Head Pro & Master PGA Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb (particularly at the end of the round).
Surroundings: Woodland.
Designer: Charles Lawrie
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6651 6442 5831
Par 72 72 74
SSS or Slope 72 71 74
At the Same Location:
The three 18-hole courses at Woburn are: Marquess Course (par-72, 7,214 yds from back tees); Duke's course (par-72, 6,976 yds); Duchess Course (par-72, 6,651 yds).
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How2Get There?

5 miles SE of Milton Keynes
Leave the M1 motorway at exit 13, just south of Milton Keynes. Follow the A4012 direction Woburn. In Woburn turn right to Woburn Sands; after o.6 miles turn left into Longslade Lane. Follow signs to golf for 1.5 miles.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes on either the Marquess', Duke's or Duchess' courses in high season (May thru' Oct): £179 (includes a 3-course lunch before or after playing). [Contact club for full details, discounts, two-course tickets, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted at weekends.  Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24; women 36. Proof of handicap required.
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Other Information
Walking permitted at all times.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

The grounds of the Woburn Estate always possessed the ingredients for the creation of a top-calibre golf venue. Located just 30 minutes from London's M25 orbital motorway, a large and natural expanse of undulating forest was complemented by fast-draining sandy soil, perfect for golf. In 1974, Robin Russell (the 14th Duke of Bedford), who was then Marquess of Tavistock, brought the dream to reality with the launch of a world-class golf facility at Woburn.

The Duchess course is named after the 14th Duke's wife Henrietta, Dowager Duchess of Bedford. Born Henrietta Joan Tiarks in 1940, she became the Marchioness of Tavistock and then Duchess of Bedford.

Since its establishment Woburn has hosted many top-level golf tournaments on all three of its championship layouts. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Woburn Golf Club.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: 96th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (51.990952)
Longitude: (-0.665628)
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The Inn at Woburn 3-star
George Street, Woburn, Milton Keynes MK17 9PX
+44 (0)1525 290 441

Part of the Duke of Bedford's Woburn estate, the Inn was first established in 1724 as a coaching inn, a welcome stopover for those journeying between London and the North. (It was formerly called The Bedford Arms).

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Woburn (Duke's, Duchess and Marquess courses); Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands
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Golf within 20 miles Bedfordshire
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Hilton Milton Keynes 4-star
Timbold Drive, Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes MK7 6HL
+44 (0)1908 694 433

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Woburn (Duke's, Duchess and Marquess courses); Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands
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