John O’Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III, held the manor of nearby Sutton during the 14th century and the golf club was founded in his honour in 1948. Situated between Bedford and Cambridge, the club boasts a pair of beguiling 18-hole golf courses, with the longer John O’Gaunt layout rated the tougher of the two tracks.
Mature trees line the holes here as they stretch out across a gently undulating parkland landscape. Accuracy off the tee is absolutely essential as many of the playing corridors are rather tight and a big score can easily result from either a wayward tee shot or a careless approach shot.
There are only three par threes on the card, at holes 4, 10 and 16, with the 186-yard 10th considered the signature hole on the course. Three bunkers to the front of the green will catch anything short at this hole and a large tree to the front and right of the putting surface will punish pushed tee shots.
The only two par fives are also worthy of comment: the 504-yard 9th sweeping from left to right with an uphill approach to the green and the short, 406-yard 17th doglegging right to a green that’s surrounded by a dry moat – now, it’s not every day you read about that sort of hazard on a golf course, is it?
John O'Gaunt is a pleasant parkland course and nothing more than that. As such I believe the £55/round rate to be a little steep but think £65 for a day where you could play their other course to be good VFM.
I cannot fault the condition of the course, for the middle of a dry Aug it was very good, and had a very pleasant round of golf where accuracy off the tee is paramount as many of the holes have subtle dog legs that demand a draw or fade. All in all worth playing and in an area that lacks real quality golf courses it quite rightly sits No1 for Bedfordshire.
One of the area's greatest society venues with two nice parkland courses...make sure you play the Carthagena in the morning and save the Main John O'Gaunt course (the best) till last. This is a tough test of golf where you need to be accurate as well as long. Some of the truest and slickest greens around and a very nice collection of varied holes. Well worth playing and with one of the most fantastic clubhouses I've ever had the pleasure of frequenting. If it's a nice day, have a beer on the high terrace and enjoy watching people three putt on the elevated tricky 18th green. Bedfordshire's undisputed best.