Woburn - Marquess Course Review

The Marquess, which measures 7,214 yards and is a par 72, was designed by Peter Alliss, Clive Clark and the late, much-missed Alex Hay, who was also the head professional at Woburn. It opened in 2000 and since then has hosted the British Masters and English Amateur Championship; and many regard it as the best of the three magnificent courses at Woburn (the third is the Duchess).

The Marquess is carved through 200 acres of woodland, with a huge variety of trees, including pine, spruce, chestnut, oak, yew, rowan and beech. It is also the home to an abundance of wildlife. The course features undulating fairways which call for a strategic approach - 'hit and hope' is not an option. You may find better greens, but it is difficult to imagine where.

The first hole is a gentle 374-yard par four, designed to lull you into a false sense of security. The third is a magnificent 449-yard par four, which is a dog leg over the crest of a hill. If you hit a good drive, you will be rewarded with a splendid view of the green. But be aware, the two bunkers on the left appear to be beside the green but are actually fully 50 yards short of it and gather an uncanny number of balls. The front nine closes with a fantastic par four. It measures 441 yards and if you go too far left you will have to clear a huge oak tree to reach the green.

This is a glorious golf course - when Justin Rose won the 2002 British Masters here he described it as the most fun he'd ever had on a golf course.

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.