Woburn (Marquess) - Buckinghamshire - England

Woburn Golf Club,
Little Brickhill,
Milton Keynes,
Bucks,
MK17 9LJ,
England


  • +44 (0) 1908 370756

  • Jason O'Malley

  • Ross McMurray, Clive Clark, Peter Alliss and Alex Hay

  • Dan Grieve


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.

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Description: The Marquess course at Woburn Golf Club straddles the county boundary of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and is set within 200 acres of majestic mature woodland... Rating: 7.6 out of 10 Reviews: 38
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john a cotton
The NEW course anywhere, enevitably recieves the uneducated 'sneer' when suggested in conversation... Do NOT be fooled - This is a Gem !!!! Had the pleasure of the Duchess (Superb) Wentworth (great) in the past few days, but for me this was the REAL course. Where the others have lovely scenery and the conditions the pro's love to go on 'birdie blitz's' - this has the same vista's but doesn't make it easy. Great for the golfer who likes to be tested but not battered into submission. Undulating fairways, shaped greens and no repetition make this a real pleasure. So if you get offered it as part of a package - snap their hands off rather than pretend to know what your talking about.......
March 15, 2006
8 / 10
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Bowlesie
An excellent days golf.The clubhouse welcome could not be faulted.We chose this the newest of Woburn's courses as most of the eight of us playing had not played this course before.A more open challenge than its neighbours but well bunkered and with no blind drives very inviting.The highlight was the first par 5 the 7th a great hole, as well as the finishing 4 holes which test your long irons.One slight reservation being the condition of the greens (in february ) which were very bare of grass in places.Well worth the trip and value for money At their £75 daily rate with an excellent bacon sandwich,coffee followed by a 2 course lunch.
February 06, 2006
8 / 10
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Kevan Voce
A very enjoyable course - I've played the Dukes & Duchess several times but this is even better. Wider fairways and rough but more spectacular and memorable holes - the 7th and 9th are terrific. The bunkering and contouring of the area surrounding the greens are better than the other two. Not sure it is worth the premiuim over the other two but if you can put up with the BMW drivers in the clubhouse a great experience.
July 15, 2005
8 / 10
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Mark Jeffery
Having read some of the earlier reviews of this course before penning mine I feel that the Marquess has been slightly harshly treated! I have not as yet had chance to play Woburn's other courses (Duke and Duchess) and so will not attempt any cross-comparison, however, on it's own merit this course definitely justifies it's position within the Top 100, even maybe a higher position. True, some of the drives are reasonably generous and some of the holes may not be as stunnng as the location warrants but this is still a cracking golf course. The 2nd as earlier mentioned is a great short par 5 with a fairway that is less than 20yds wide, the 7th a staggering par 5 with danger awaiting even a slightly off-line tee-shot and approach. The 9th is a great downhill par 4 that really rewards a long, straight drive, and of course the 12th which is an interesting little par 4 that rewards a well-thought or tee-shot. The condition of the course is excellent bar a few greens that are still recovering from the problems of a couple of years ago, although they still putted true and reasonably quickly. I would return happily to play the Marquess again and will definitely be organising a trip to play the Duke and Duchess as soon as possible! MJ
May 18, 2005
6 / 10
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Lee Abbey
Woburns third and newest course is like the more familiar Dukes and Duchess but on steroids.Everything is a little bigger, the greens are bigger (but still recovering from the disease which took away the british masters from them a couple of years back - they putt true enough though), the fairways wider and the course longer. Other people have mentioned the signature 7th hole which is an excellent big boys hole but there are few others which are likely to bamboozle you - the short par four over two lots of water is an exception but in reality is not that taxing if you're sensible. Par 3's are in the main straight forward and a little dull (one exception has you shooting over a gulley to a 'club' shaped green). There is one cracking short Par 5 which snakes around in a reverse C. If you are paying full price for a round at Woburn the other courses offer better value for money and are prettier. A good course but for me I'll take either of it's two more demure cousins over this brash upstart.
May 16, 2005
6 / 10
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David Richards
What a fabulous course. Bearing in mind this course is little over 5 years old I was astonished by the condition. The tees and fairways were immaculate. Admittedly the greens were not good to look at, but they putted true and were a good speed. 7th is rightly the signature hole a big drive down the left is your only chance of getting home, even then its a long iron. All told a very picturesque golf course, with plenty to challenge the low handicapper, but as mentioned in a previous review the course is wide enough and playable to offer an enjoyable game for the higher handicapped player, which is something you don't find too often in these 'BIG' venues and something I have to say made the day far more enjoyable for all concerned. Just a final note, make sure you take in the Carvery as this is something to behold. ENJOY.....
May 15, 2005
8 / 10
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Keith Baxter

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.

May 13, 2005
6 / 10
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Naithan
This deserves to be higher in the ranking. It has the potential (with a bit of ageing) to be in the top 10 of the country. If you plan to play Woburn don't miss out on this treat.
August 26, 2004
8 / 10
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