Woburn Golf Club Marquess' Course Review

Running through stately pines, this expansive, modern classic is a firm favourite of professional and amateur alike

The par-5 seventh is a terrific hole with a split fairway (Photo: Getty Images)
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Running through stately pines, this expansive, modern classic is a firm favourite of professional and amateur alike

Woburn Golf Club Marquess' Course Review

Top 100 Ranking 2021/22 - 73 Previous Rankings 2019/20 - 69 2017/18 - 71 2015/16 - 74 2013/14 - 80 2011/12 - 88 2009/10 - 87

Summer Green Fees

Round - £179 Mon-Thu, £195 Fri

Visitors: welcome weekdays

Medal Tee: Par 72 - 6,744 Yards


Changes since previous ranking

No significant changes other than a few tee extensions to create a bit more length.

Woburn Golf Club Marquess' Course Review

The Marquess’ is the youngest of the three Top 100 courses at Woburn. Despite that, it is generally considered the finest of the three. Since opening in 2000, it has hosted the British Masters four times as well as the Women’s British Open twice.

The green on the par-3 sixth (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The design was a collaboration involving Ross McMurray of European Golf Design, Peter Alliss, Clive Clark and a man who was synonymous with Woburn, Alex Hay. The Marquess’ is a big-scale golf course, winding its way through 200 acres of glorious countryside on the Buckinghamshire/Bedfordshire borders. From the air it looks to cover as much land as the other two courses combined. The meandering fairways are flanked by magnificent specimen trees including the odd rare variety or two.

The par-5 seventh - one question - left or right?

Seventh Heaven

After a reasonably gentle opener, it kicks spectacularly into gear on the 2nd and 3rd, both of which dogleg to the left and are designed to resist any overly aggressive play. Large greens, exquisitely crafted holes and stirring approaches are very much the hallmark here. Nowhere is this more the case than on the par-5 7th. The split fairway runs either side of a copse of pines.

The ninth hole

The right-hand option is harder to find, but will more likely set up the chance to achieve a home-in-two birdie. The 9th is another that is very memorable with a very appealing approach down over a shallow ravine to a green that stares back invitingly. The 12th is a real thriller, a first-rate risk-and-reward short par 4. It features an island fairway surrounded by water and offers three very different options; a super-conservative lay-up, a well-placed drive, or a no-holds-barred go for the green.

An aerial view of the par-4 sixteenth (left) with the twelfth above (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images)

Three more conventional two-shotters mixed in with two par 3s and a long par 5 complete a terrific design that demands concentration all the way. There will always be differing views about which is the finest of Woburn’s three tree-lined courses, but for the overall quality and beauty of the test, the Marquess’ leads the way in the Golf Monthly rankings.

Assessor Feedback

The Marquess is a classic-feeling layout which offers a real sense of exclusivity, tranquillity and inclusivity in equal measure. Corporate golf at its finest.

GM Verdict

Running through stately pines, this expansive, modern classic is a firm favourite of professional and amateur alike

Rob Smith
Rob Smith

Rob Smith has been playing golf for over 40 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012 specialising in course reviews and travel. He has now played well over 1,100 courses in almost 50 countries. Since travel restarted in May 2021, he has played around 80 different courses, more than 40 for the first time. This includes 21 in 13 days on a trip to East Lothian in October. One of his main roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but 10. Rob is a member of Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com