Played the Marquess for the 10th time and it remains my favourite golf course in the UK.. From the moment you enter the forest and drive in the entrance at Woburn it gives you that buzz. It is just a special, special place. The condition of the Marquess as always was absolutely perfect, but I must say I've never seen the greens so fast. Must've been near 12 on the stimp comfortably but with the huge slopes and undulations in them, they played even quicker. As a layout it is not as narrow as the Dukes or the Duchess but plays a lot longer and is a lot hillier in places. The Marquess has in my opinion the finest set of Par 5's you'll find anywhere in the UK, the 2nd a short but beautiful dogleg left (reminiscent of the 13th at Augusta) to a small green that feeds the ball of in every direction. You then have the famous split fairway 7th, just an incredible golf hole that you would rank up there as one of the best Par 5's in the world. Go down the right and take on the 220 yard forced carry over 3 huge bunkers in the ravine. It is a brilliant risk and reward hole. The 11th and 15th Par 5s play much longer at 570 yards off the tips with well bunkered fairways, it makes you play them wisely. The 2nd shot to the 9th is one of the most beautiful you'll find anywhere in the world, a carry of around 150 yards over a huge drop, to a extremely fast sloping green from back to front guarded by a huge Oak tree to the left and 2 bunker the right. Watch out for the rhododendrons at the back of the green, when they are blooming purple it looks visually amazing. It is a wonderful layout, and every wonderful layout has a driveable Par 4, the 12th with the island fairway is just an amazing hole which adds to the fantastic layout. Par 3 14th is a wonderful yet brutally tough hole with it's Ampitheatre design around the hole, a 3 on here is a brilliant score with it's 3 tier green and 230 yards. The final 3 holes are extremely difficult with 2 long Par 4's at 16 & 18 and a tricky little Par 3 at 17. The Marquess course will be a superb host the British Masters in October, and is sure create an exciting tournament for the fans. Expect plenty of birdies and eagles, it truly is an amazing course and amazing place Woburn. Personally think the Marquess should be ranked even higher!
Date: June 10, 2015