Duke's

The Duke's Course designed by Charles Lawrie, opened in 1976 and was the first of Woburn's three courses to be opened.

  • 6971 Yards
  • 18 Holes
  • Par 72

The Duke's Course

"Overjoyed to be back on one of three or possibly four of my favourite golf courses anywhere on the planet"

 

Tony Johnstone - 2009 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters

Hole Metal tee yards Tee of the day yards Par Stroke index Red yards Par Stroke index
1 514 478 5 9 450 5 7
2 385 363 4 10 341 4 11
3 134 122 3 18 121 3 15
4 395 366 4 3 351 4 1
5 517 497 5 15 444 5 10
6 206 169 3 8 127 3 9
7 473 465 4 1 432 4/5 17
8 409 401 4 6 378 4 3
9 177 157 3 16 141 3 12
OUT 3210 3018 35 OUT 2785 35/36  
10 404 376 4 12 354 4 6
11 505 478 5 13 456 5 5
12 193 181 3 17 155 3 18
13 430 407 4 4 389 4/5 13
14 564 555 5 7 474 5 4
15 435 421 4 5 401 4/5 14
16 449 412 4 2 383 4 2
17 425 395 4 11 369 4 8
18 356 322 4 14 299 4 16
IN 3761 3547 37 IN 3280 37/39  
OUT 3210 3018 35 OUT 2785 35/36  
TOTAL 6971 6565 72 TOTAL 6065 72/75  

 

Overview

The 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.

Part of its strength lies in the Par 4's, play these well and there is every chance you will play to your handicap but, the Par 5's are where good scores can be made.

 

Hole 1
  • 514 Yards
  • Par 5
Hole Details

This hole has been played in Professional Tournaments as the 18th.  Lee Trevino once claimed that the best tournament shot he had played was a 3 wood he hit 253 yards to within inches for an eagle, to win the 1985 Dunhill British Masters.

Hole 2
  • 385 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

A slight dog leg left. The fairway drops away into an inviting green which slopes to the front. Looks can be deceptive and it is easy to overclub!

Hole 3
  • 134 Yards
  • Par 3
Hole Details

Distance is the key on this hole as there are no putts to be given here.  When the rhododendrons are in full bloom and all around there is a kaleidoscope of purple and pink bushes, there is no better time to remember Walter Hagen's plea for golfers "to stop off and smell the flowers as they go through life".

Tips from Ian Poulter

Hole 4
  • 395 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

One of the most challenging holes.  Efforts to cut the corner from the tee usually result in being unable to see the two tier McKenzie green. There is plenty of room for a drive to the right.

Hole 5
  • 517 Yards
  • Par 5
Hole Details

The combination of the natural ravine to the left and the position of the trees protecting the green made this hole the favourite of Nick Faldo when he won the British Masters in 1989.

Hole 6
  • 206 Yards
  • Par 3
Hole Details

Ladies appreciate the benefit of their forward tee position, nevertheless whichever tee is used under clubbing is simply not an option.

Hole 7
  • 473 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

A church and its tiny cemetery lie beyond the two tiered green on this challenging Par 4. Many a good medal round has met its end on this hole. A par here feels like a birdie.

Hole 8
  • 409 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

There is a feeling on this tee of having come inland, away from boundaries, ravines and forests. Now is the time to open the shoulders and enjoy the freedom.

Hole 9
  • 177 Yards
  • Par 3
Hole Details

A straightforward Par 3 and the final hole of the ‘easy nine’  with the back nine  two shots harder!

Hole 10
  • 404 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

This comparatively gentle hole is the last ‘breather’ so enjoy it. It is straight and you can once again open up with the driver.

Hole 11
  • 505 Yards
  • Par 5
Hole Details

Many suggest this is the easiest Par 5 on the course but the combination of strategically placed trees, a couple of bunkers and a fiercely sloping green suggest accuracy rather than power is the key.

Hole 12
  • 193 Yards
  • Par 3
Hole Details

It looks straightforward, but the combination of some ‘dead’ ground at the front of a green which slopes upwards finds most guilty of under clubbing.

Hole 13
  • 430 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

The right side of the fairway should be favoured off the tee with the second shot played over a gully. The drop off from the right of the green naturally forces the player to aim left, bringing the left hand bunker into play.  A great hole!

Hole 14
  • 564 Yards
  • Par 5
Hole Details

Ladies enjoy the benefit of a generous start at this long Par 5, a hole which Ian Woosnam once described as one of the finest Par 5’s in the country.  You need to be long and straight.

Hole 15
  • 435 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

The closing stretch begins to tighten.  Nevertheless there is another opportunity to let fly.  Seve thought so during his first British Masters win and found himself in the forest on the right, from where he made a birdie 3.

Hole 16
  • 449 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

This hole requires a tee shot to be hit with a draw down the right hand side of the fairway to avoid the left hand bunkers, providing a clear shot into the green.

Hole 17
  • 425 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

An accurate drive at this demanding hole is essential.  On her way to victory in the Weetabix Women’s British Open, Karrie Webb pulled her drive behind a massive Pine on the left and then played one of the greatest shots of her illustrious career, through the fork to the green.

Hole 18
  • 356 Yards
  • Par 4
Hole Details

Bravado tempts many long hitters to drive over the trees on the right in an attempt to get the green, however more 6’s are scored that way.  The wise often use a lesser club and plot a path up the left hand side.

A course with a rich history

Since the Dunlop British Masters in 1979 there have been forty five professional tournaments staged on the Duke's course.  

Duchess 

The Duchess Course is a fine example of a course built for the thinking golfer, often referred to as a "Hidden Gem"

Marquess 

The Marquess course openend in June 2000 and was soon referred to as the "Jewel in the Crown"

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