Woburn Golf Club (Duke's course)

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Woburn Golf Club (Duke's course) Est. 1976

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Woburn Golf Club (Duke's course): The Duke's course at Woburn exudes the regal splendour of a golf course that's been around for a hundred years or more. The surprise is that its dates back only to 1976. The oldest of Woburn's stunning triumvirate of championship layouts, the Duke's boasts a a fan base of devotees that is both large and global.

The Charles Lawrie designed Duke's is a quintessentially English wooded parkland layout. Towering pines, silver birch and chestnut trees line the fairways, together with a copious volume of rhododendrons. At the signature short downhill par-3 3rd, rhododendrons encircle the green, providing a dazzling profusion of colour when they flower in late Spring.

The first six holes on the Duke's offers a wonderful example of how undulating woodland terrain, in the right hands, can be crafted into a dramatic and testing golf layout. The middle six continues the theme although on slightly flatter ground, before bringing you to a superb closing six holes.

Woburn's Marquess course may have taken over the mantle as Woburn's host venue for the European Tour's big-hitting professionals, but the Duke’s remains the firm favourite of many members and visiting golfers. It is where golf began on the Duke of Bedford’s Woburn Estate, and is unquestionably one of the greatest undulating woodland courses in England.

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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
Daniel Grieve (Head PGA Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland.
Designer: Charles Lawrie
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6976 6554 6060
Par 72 72 75
SSS or Slope 74 72 75
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:
Visitor fee, 18-holes on either the Marquess', Duke's or Duchess' courses in high season (May thru' Oct): Mon-Thur £169; Fri £179. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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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.

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.
Current European Tour player Ian Poulter and Ladies European Tour player Charley Hull have a close association with Woburn, as its touring professionals.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf World rating: 70th best course in Britain & Ireland.
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Latitude: (51.990952)
Longitude: (-0.665628)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

The Woburn Hotel 4-star
1 George Street, Woburn, Milton Keynes MK17 9PX.
+44 (0)1525 290 441

Part of the Duke of Bedford's Woburn estate, the hotel was first established in 1724 as a coaching inn, a welcome stopover for those journeying between London and the North. In those days it was known as the Bedford Arms, and more latterly the Inn at Woburn. With its spacious and relaxed seating areas, contemporary and individually designed bedrooms and multi award- winning restaurant, Olivier's, The Woburn Hotel offers a modern twist on a country classic hotel.

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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Novotel Milton Keynes 3-star
Saxon Street, Layburn Court, Heelands, Milton Keynes MK13 7RA
+44 (0)1908 322 212

The Novotel Milton Keynes is a modern 3-star hotel situated just outside the city centre. You can relax in the sauna or enjoy a dip in an indoor-heated pool; there's also a fully-equipped gym. The restaurant serves a classic mix of international cuisine.

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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