The county of Buckinghamshire in south east England is one of the more affluent counties in England and its proximity to the capital is such that Eton College’s Dorney Lake, in the South Bucks district, was used as the rowing venue for London’s 2012 Summer Olympics.
The forty-two golf clubs in Buckinghamshire are affiliated to the Berks Bucks & Oxon Union of Golf Clubs and this body was founded in 1924, comprising 11 clubs from Berkshire, 12 from Buckinghamshire and 7 from Oxfordshire. Today, the total number of clubs in membership of the Union has more than quadrupled from the original 30 to 122.
The Bucks County Ladies’ Golf Association was founded in 1923, with Lady Astor becoming its first President. As was the case with many associations back then, the Presidential position was automatically renewed on an annual basis and so Lady Astor remained in post until handing over the reins to her successor in 1965. Today, the association looks after the interests of female golfers in 42 member clubs, organising a number of annual competitions throughout the county.
The three championship courses at Woburn are far and away the best in the county. The Marquess was the newest layout to open at this wonderful golf facility in 1999 and it’s also the highest rated, featuring regularly in our rankings of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Britain & Ireland. The Duke’s course debuted in 1974, five years before the Duchess appeared, and both courses complement the Marquess at Woburn’s very classy 54-hole complex.
Our Buckinghamshire Best in County rankings were updated in November 2019. Click the link to read the story.