“Moments spent on the downs helped to mould my thinking towards not only the game of golf but being associated with a club and, indeed club life, for which Dunstable Downs has always been renowned. How well I remember playing up on the Downs with the wind blowing and an enthusiastic crowd urging us on. We in turn trying to provide exciting golf and secure birdies which always resulted in a silver collection on the green! They were happy, innocent days, and if the golf was a bit shaky you could always admire the gliders which flew silently and effortlessly above the course,”
Peter Alliss, ex-Ryder Cup and BBC TV golfing legend.
Dunstable Downs is a club which has proved year after year that competitive golf can sit very comfortably within a friendly and very sociable atmosphere that celebrates and embraces the golfer and the wonderful game of golf.
Set two miles south west of Dunstable on the Whipsnade Road (A4541), high on the crest of the Chiltern Hills nearly 800 feet above sea level, Dunstable Downs is famous as a beauty spot and viewpoint with a panorama taking in seven counties. The bracing air and the glorious downland turf, set in ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, makes it an ideal spot for golf.
The present layout, designed by five times Open Champion, James Braid, provides a real challenge for golfers of all abilities. There are 18 holes over 6,273 yards par 70, SSS 71. Thanks to the chalky subsoil, the course is playable for most of the year and is always dry with fast, true contoured greens. Our greens staff pride themselves in the way they present the course to ensure it is always in its best possible condition.
Putting surfaces are true, quick and with subtle borrows and breaks to negotiate such as the ‘hogsback ‘on the 8th and the ‘tumuli’ on the 17th. The course never disappoints, with strategically placed greenside and fairway bunkers. Dog leg holes, blind tee shots, two-tier greens, cross and double crescent bunkers are all characteristic James Braid features that will challenge the very best player. All your skills will be put to the test and all of your clubs will be used, there is no doubt about that. And if that’s not enough, you will have to factor in the wind when making your club selection calculations. The ‘signature’ short par 3, 9th could be played with either a wedge or a 5 iron!
The fairways are sufficiently generous to give all players plenty of margin for error but make no mistake, this is a challenging course designed with the aspiring and accomplished golfer in mind who likes to plot and ‘think’ his way around a course rather than just rely on power and strength..
Our club’s new Management Committee and its 2020 Vision programme is investing in the course both for today and future generations, with a focus on quality.
So, if you would like to play or join one of Bedfordshire and the Home Counties’ finest and most challenging golf courses, with its numerous strategically placed bunkers, creative design, changing wind direction and firm, but fair, fairways, you will be assured of a warm welcome at Dunstable Downs.