Review for Woburn (Marquess)

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Played the Marquess yesterday in the EMC Technology Corporate Masters and I was very impressed. They have had all sorts of problems with the greens and some were in a poor state, but at least they were true, reasonably quick and undoubtedly the most interesting of the three courses with some cool contours. For me, this is the best course at Woburn. There's one main weaknesses to the Marquess, the par threes are fairly nondescript. There's width to be had on the Marquess which is lacking on the two other courses - width brings options. It's also cleverly laid out and thoughtfully routed between the mainly deciduous trees. The 7th is probably the signature hole and it needs a solid drive to the left of the spinney of pines which sits in the middle of the split fairway. If you go down the right, as I did your ball will kick viciously away to the right and end up in trouble. The 12th is an intriguing short par four with two lakes to negotiate which are connected by a stream...shades of the 17th at Carnoustie here in terms of strategy. No doubt the Marquess is a solid course and I hope they soon get their greens back to championship condition.

Date: May 13, 2005

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