Marlborough Golf Club was founded in 1888. Nine holes of the 6,469-yard course in play today were laid out across free-draining downland by Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler in 1920, J Hamilton Stutt added a second nine in 1974.
Marlborough is a tale of two nines, the flatter and older common land forming the back nine, and the newer front nine which opened in the 1970's and is built on sloping fields down towards the main Swindon to Marlborough A road. Both nines start and finish with par 5's by the clubhouse; incidently a very unusual design of clubhouse, an A frame style built in the 1980's which offers excellent views over the course. A couple of decent par 3's on the front nine but I think hole 8 is a truly awful design of a par 3 uphill to a blind flag and the uphill par 5 at 9 is not much better. Best hole on the front nine is possibly the 6th where you need to get the drive in the right spot to play around the dog-leg. Front nine can feel like a bit of a slog (especially when wet) but back nine is more pleasant but without any stand-out holes. Just down the road from Ogbourne Downs it is of similar standard, probably tougher to score on but I would say not quite as appealing to play because of the newer holes