Woburn Golf Club History
Review our timeline for a fascinating insight into some of significant dates and events taking place at Woburn Golf Club throughout the years.
The Marquess of Tavistock (later to become 14th Duke of Bedford) at a meeting with Milton Keynes Development Corporation announced his intention to build a golf course.
Construction of the Duke's Course commenced. Founder membership was introduced, the cost of which was £1,500 (over 30 years of age) or £2,000 (under 30 years of age) to include an entrance fee and lifetime subscription.
The Duke’s Course was officially opened for play by the Marquess of Tavistock in July.
Alex Hay appointed as Club Professional having previously been Professional at Ashridge Golf Club. The club operated out of a log cabin as a temporary clubhouse.
Manuel Pinero was one of the first Tour Professionals to play the Duke's Course when he competed in the ATS Pro-Am. The first Professional event to be staged at Woburn.
The new Clubhouse opened. The Dunlop British Masters was staged on the Duke’s Course and was won by Graham Marsh. Manuel Pinero and Bernard Langer both had holes in one.
Duchess' Course fully opened for play in April.
The Brabazon Trophy was staged on the Duke's course. Bernard Langer, Greg Norman, Jan Stephenson and Beth Daniel played in the BBC/Cathay Pacific Men v Ladies Series at Woburn.
Alex Hay appointed as Managing Director. The Dunhill British Masters was staged – won by Lee Trevino who hit a 3 wood to within 18 inches for an eagle three on the 18th.
Seve Ballesteros wins his first Dunhill British Masters title.
Nick Faldo follows Sandy Lyle by winning 'The Masters' and then went on to win 'The Dunhill British Masters' in the same year.
A strong field for 'The Dunhill British Masters', including six past winners who were entertained by Lord and Lady Tavistock at Woburn Abbey. The tournament was won by Ian Woosnam.
Eddie Bullock took over from Alex Hay on his retirement as Managing Director. Work on the construction of the Marquess' Course commenced.
Bombs found adjacent to the 18th tee on the Marquess’ Course as construction of the course nears completion.
Alex Hay appointed Club Captain for the millennium year. Photographed with the Marquess of Tavistock on the 4th June at the official opening of the Marquess' Course.
Woburn Golf Club celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a Summer Ball. The Victor Chandler British Masters was the first tournament to be staged on the Marquess’ Course.
Justin Rose won the Victor Chandler British Masters on the Marquess’ Course by one shot, following an epic battle with his great friend Ian Poulter.
Ian Poulter became attached to Woburn as Touring Professional.
Ian Poulter became the first Woburn Member to compete in The Ryder Cup.
The inaugural IJP Junior Invitational was hosted on the Marquess' Course.
In May, Jason O'Malley was appointed as General Manager of Woburn Golf Club. Carl Mason wins Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters for second year.
Lauren Taylor became the first Woburn member to win the 'Women's British Amateur Championship' and 'BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year'. The English Amateur Championship was staged at Woburn.
The Duke's, Duchess and Marquess courses are all ranked in Golf Monthly Magazines' Top 100 Courses in the UK and Ireland. the first 54 hole venue to have all three courses featured
17 year old Charley Hull becomes the first Woburn Member to represent Europe in the Solheim Cup. Charley finished her first season as a Lady Professional by winning the LET Rookie of the Year.
Final Qualifying for The Open was staged on the Marquess course.
The Tavistock Short Game Area opened and The British Masters supported by Sky Sports was staged on the Marquess course, hosted by the Club's Tournament Professional, Ian Poulter.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary the Club staged its first Major Championship, The Ricoh Women's British Open which was played on the Marquess course