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. 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 is either a flick with a wedge or a 5 iron!
“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.
The R&A Home International matches, when senior women and men, girls and boys, from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales play in the same teams for the first time in the traditional round-robin, match play format at Woodhall Spa Golf Club.
Phil Anderton, Chief Development Officer, at the R&A said, “This is the first time that mixed gender teams have competed at the R&A Home International matches and we believe the week will be a true celebration of golf at Woodhall Spa. The matches provide women, senior women and men, girls and boys the unique opportunity to team up and represent their countries”
Dunstable Downs Member Phil Sutton was selected for the above event and was Wales highest points scorer winning four points from a possible six available over the three days. Phil won two foursomes matches, one against Scotland and Ireland and his singles matches against Ireland and England beating Steve Jensen who won this year's Scottish Seniors Championship.