The Duke’s Course designed by Charles Lawrie opened in 1976 and was the first of Woburn’s three courses to be constructed. The 6,983 yard Duke’s course sports fairways lined with pine, silver birch and chestnut trees. Heather, bracken and gorse add to the charm of the course, as well as providing some of the natural hazards of each hole. It was the location for the British Masters for 20 years, as well as hosting the Women’s British Open Championship and more recently the Travis Perkins Masters.
The Duchess Course is sometimes considered to be the least challenging of the three Woburn courses, the junior sibling lying in the shadow of well respected and much heralded family members. However, like many younger siblings, it’s not a charge the Duchess takes lying down. Nor is it one recognised by true aficionados. Anyone who has played the course knows this is a layout that demands as much respect as the adjacent Duke’s and Marquess courses.
The Marquess Course, designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark, European Golf Design and Alex Hay opened in 2000. The course was named after the then Marquess of Tavistock and was soon referred to as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’. Within a year of opening the Marquess Course hosted the first of two British Masters and hosted the English Amateur Championship in 2011.