Woburn Golf Club Duchess’ Course: Course Review, Green Fees, Tee Times and Key Info

Woburn Golf Club Duchess’ Course is probably the narrowest in the Top 100 making it an exacting test off the tee that will reward patience and good strategy

Woburn Golf Club Duchess’ Course
Looking back from behind the green at the excellent opening hole, a tough par 4
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Top 100 Courses UK & Ireland 2023/24

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Woburn Golf Club Duchess’ Course Key Information

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AddressLittle Brickhill, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9LJ
Phone01908 370756
Email golf.enquiries@woburn.co.uk
GFs£209, packages available
Visitor TimesWeekdays, check with club for details
ParMen 72, Women 74
SlopeWhite/M 139, Red/W 136
ArchitectCharles Lawrie & Donald Steel

Woburn Golf Club Duchess’ Course

Golf Monthly Verdict

Woburn - Duchess - Hole 2

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For anyone who is intimated by a tree-lined prospect from the tee, the Duchess’ at Woburn will sound a rather loud alarm. Put this to one side, and you can enjoy a beautiful but clearly demanding pine-lined design where accuracy is essential. Scarily narrow at times, the reward for keeping it straight will be the chance to score well and have a real sense of golfing achievement.

Reasons To Play The Duchess’

– Give your driving and long game accuracy its toughest test

– Enjoy 18 very individual, secluded and separate tree-lined holes at this welcoming club

– Decide which of Woburn’s three Top 100 courses is your favourite


UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2023/24 - 93

The Woburn Golf Club Duchess’ Course is one of three lovely layouts on this expansive estate. If you asked anyone who has played them to sum Woburn up in one word, that word is quite likely to be ‘trees’. Majestic pine dominates the estate and lines and frames just about all of its 54 strong holes of golf which make up the three best golf courses in Buckinghamshire.

And it is on the Duchess’ that trees are at their most imposing and narrow-minded! Here, they hug the holes so tightly at times that golfers may experience a touch of claustrophobia. There are few leading courses anywhere that place quite such a premium on straight hitting. And while you might imagine that the counterbalance for this would be less of a demand for length, that’s not really the case here. On several holes, you also have to drive it long enough to be able to get a sight of the green.

The course opens with a particularly strong and good-looking par 4 that calls for a long approach over a dip and where encroaching trees are an ominous threat. Any tee shot too far from the optimum line here, as well as on other holes, can result in an impeded second. This is followed by a par-3 that sums up Woburn in the space of 188 yards. It appears so narrow from the tee that you really feel as though you are playing down a corridor.

Accuracy is not just a premium off the tee, but also vital on a good number of the approaches because the greens offer a relatively small target. On a few holes, trees close to the green can actually block the line to the flag. If all this sounds scary, fear not as it’s still very enjoyable. Play within yourself, and you will fully enjoy the conundrums that it sets. It certainly requires a strategic and skilful approach, so if you are to score well, the four par 5s probably offer the best chance to pick points. 

At any such venue, there will be differing opinions as to which course is the best. Here, all three are among the best golf courses in England so you are spoiled for choice. The Marquess' Course tops the Golf Monthly rankings, while the Duke's Course sits in the middle of the three. Regardless, the Duchess' is a very scenic course that rewards good shot-making and a patient and flexible approach. As such, it’s been a popular venue for competition over many years and from 1982 until 1994 it hosted the Ford Classic on the Ladies European Tour.

Woburn - Duchess - Hole 10

Looking back from behind the green on the par-4 tenth

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What The Top 100 Panel Said

Chris Dobson
Chris Dobson

A golfing oasis where you won’t believe you are so close to the M1. All you can hear is the tweeting of the birds in the trees, and the crack of your own tee shot reverberating through them. A real test where you need to be straight off the tee but great fun.

Peter Hurst UK&I Top 100 panel
Peter Hurst

I don’t want to come across as unfair, as there is lots to admire from many angles and in lots of ways, but the course just needs to lighten up and not be so brooding and fearsome!

Cameron Roy
Cameron Roy

The Duchess' is the least vaunted of the three options at Woburn but it is by far the most difficult for me. Tree-lined corridors of fairway leading to small greens make accuracy and distance control imperative. The most exacting test off the tee in the top 100!

Woburn Golf Club Location

Woburn Golf Club Green Fees

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18 holes£209Mon to Thu, Apr to Oct
18 hole package£229Mon to Thu (inc catering)
18 hole package£255Fri
36 hole package£345Mon to Thu

Woburn Golf Club Duchess' Course scorecard

Woburn Golf Club Duchess' Course scorecard

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The beautiful parkland design at Ashridge dates back to the 1930s and benefitted in its early years from the creative genius of various architects including the great Tom Simpson. What remains is a genuine oasis away from the hurly-burly of the modern world with great variety and beauty.



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Woburn Golf Club Duchess’ Course

Historical Top 100 Rankings UK&I

  • 2023/24 93
  • 2021/22 92
  • 2019/20 92
  • 2017/18 89
  • 2015/16 94
  • 2013/14 94
  • 2011/12 97 New Entry

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Duchess’ different from the other courses at Woburn?

As mentioned above, there is one key feature that sets it apart which is just how tight the course is. It is also extremely pretty, slightly more undulating than the Duke’s, and it is said that there are plenty of members who have it as their favourite.

Which is the best course at Woburn?

All three are extremely good, but according to the Golf Monthly rankings, the Marquess’ heads the way, with this in third spot. However, as recommended elsewhere, the best way for any golfer to decide which they like the most is to play all three!

What is the best hole on the Duchess’

It starts with an absolutely cracking par 4; a reasonably level drive before an approach over a large dip to a green protected by sand front-right. A par here and you should be very pleased!

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012. He specialises in course reviews and travel, and has played more than 1,200 courses in almost 50 countries. In 2022, he played all 21 courses in East Lothian in 13 days. Last year, his tally was 81, 32 of them for the first time. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but seven and a half... i.e. not the new 9 at Carne! Of those missing, some are already booked for 2024. He is a member of Tandridge in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.