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M1 J13, S of Milton Keynes
Contact in advance – midweek only
Ross McMurray, Clive Clark, Peter Alliss and Alex Hay
Woburn Golf Club is in an enviable position. It's the only club in England that can claim to have had all three courses continually placed in the Top 100 since we became the first publication to rank England’s Top 100 Golf Courses back in 2006.
The Marquess course straddles the county boundary of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and is set within 200 acres of majestic mature woodland, part of the delightful 3,000-acre Woburn Abbey estate, home of the Dukes of Bedford for over 350 years. Woburn Abbey is presently home for the Marquess of Tavistock and his family, the new course taking the name from his title.
It took a quartet of architects to develop the Marquess: Ross McMurray, Clive Clark, Peter Alliss and Alex Hay, the course opening for play in 2000. The Marquess is different in nature to the Duke’s and the Duchess, but perfectly complementary. The Marquess’ fairways are wider and the land more undulating The trees are more park-like, featuring oak, yew, chestnut, rowan and beech, whereas the other two courses are predominantly carved through pine forests.
The Marquess is a supremely challenging golf course, measuring well over 7,000 yards from the back tees. In 2001 and 2002, it stole the British Masters from its elder brother, the Duke's. Thomas Levet and Justin Rose respectively emerged as the winners.
There is absolutely no doubt that Woburn is a classy place to play golf and now with three superb golf courses – Duke's, Duchess and Marquess – it is one of the most desirable golfing venues in England. The Marquess course will surely mature into one of the best championship golf courses in Britain.
What a venue! We played the day package of 2 rounds & lunch. We played Duke's in the morning which was terrific, home of so many tournaments. Bit short for the top young guns of today but still a great test and just a tranquill setting and the course was in great condition, fairways had good growth on them considering how warm it has been. Lunch was simply the best golfing cuisine I have experienced. 3 courses which were almost as big a highlight as the golf itself! You have to sample the beef & lamb! Then came The Marquess, I am baffled how this is not a tour event. I have played the London Club and its not a patch on Woburn! Nice starting hole, par 4 followed by dogleg 5 reachable if you hit to the corner. Then it gets tougher!! Highlight is 7, great 5 with trees in the middle of the fairway so you have to choose your preferred side to attack! Tough if you havent played before - or good as you will have to come back to play it again!! Halfway House was terrific, shame we only had a drink as we were still digesting our terrific lunch! Back 9 again a real treat with a short par 4 with water all around and it a real thinking hole which can be played in many ways.
The overall course is a great test for low to high handicappers with the various tee boxes to make the course as tough as possible, which doesnt need much encouragement! I have to say I have played many top courses and this is up there based on welcome, service, cleanliness, standard of food and golf courses. The Marquess greens are some of the best I have putted on and puts other clubs to shame where they are still blaming the bad winter for their poor greens.... send their greenkeepers to Woburn!! If I could only play 1 course again this year it would certainly be 1 at Woburn...... hope you enjoy it much as we did!