Woburn Golf Club
The Duchess is the shortest and prettiest of the three Woburn courses. Major competitions, accolades and honours are usually heaped on the Dukes, and more recently, the Marquess courses. Nevertheless, the Duchess is delightful in its own right, and a serious challenge. It measures a respectable 6,651 yards from the back tees and it’s tighter, and perhaps less forgiving of the wayward shot than the Duke’s. But all the same, it’s a fine undulating woodland course, carved through pine trees. This is definitely a course where you must keep your ball in play. If you manage to do this from the tee, then the rewards can be great. The towering pine trees make each hole appear exceptionally tight. However, on occasions, you will need to go for distance. There are some great holes on the Duchess, especially the par threes. The unusual, 203-yard 7, has a huge bunker, front and right, and danger to the left. Historic remains of an ancient Danish settlement runs diagonally across the hole and will push anything short and left into the forest. The 15th, a 485-yard doglegged par five, is a typical Duchess shot-maker’s delight. The Duchess fits into the Woburn family exceptionally well; it’s a real gem.
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 plc Senior Masters.
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