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Captain's Welcome

Welcome to Dunstable Downs Golf Club. Situated high on the crest of the Chiltern Hills, 800 feet above sea level, Dunstable Downs Golf Course is laid out on a rolling plateau with views over many counties, from Surrey in the south to Northamptonshire in the north. The Downs is a famous beauty spot and viewpoint to watch the gliders from London Gliding Club. The bracing air, the glorious downland turf and the richly varied character of the terrain make it an ideal place for a golf course.

The course is a first-class test of golf over its 6267 yards. Originally a nine-hole course but expanded to eighteen in 1911, it was redesigned in 1930 by the famous course architect James Braid and now provides an interesting test for players of all abilities. The chalky sub-soil makes for dry conditions all year round and the quality of the layout and greens is a renowned feature. The course is challenging and on windy days can be described as 'testing'. Without being excessively hilly it is a tough but fair test for golfers of all abilities. Bring all of your clubs, you will need them!

The course and the Clubhouse have seen many changes in their life time and it is the aim of the Management Committee and the Captain's Committee to raise the standard of both. into the 21st Century. The course is recognised as one of the finest in the South East. The quality and skills of our Course Manager, George Little and his staff are recognised by members and visitors alike.

Utilising the advances in modern day equipment ensure the course remains both picturesque and a challenge. While this has meant refining the course, but it is the collective Committee’s intention to keep the course as close to its origins as possible.

We are ably served by Gerald Pearce, our General Manager, Sean Desborough, our Bar Manager, and his team, and Darren Charlton our PGA Professional, who is an outstanding golfer and teacher. Each have adapted, as necessary, to the restrictions forced upon them by Covid 19 but still offer service with a smile. The same can be said for our equally impressive catering team, headed by Katie Reed and Sharon Gentilella. Their culinary expertise, while restricted because of Coronavirus, has catered for social events & Societies, Sunday lunches and outside events such as Meetings, Weddings and Anniversaries. I suspect the first social event to be held at the club, post Covid, will be a feast to savour! Coupled with magnificent panoramic views of the Downs, the function rooms lend themselves perfectly for any occasion.

One of the great benefits of being a Dunstable Downs member is that the Club has two of the very best reciprocal golf schemes in the country; the 1906 Club and James Braid Association. If you fancy testing your skills on a seaside links, heathland or parkland course the reciprocal golf scheme might just be the answer.

Historically, the Club has preferred a relaxed 'roll up' arrangement for play as opposed to booked tee times. Before Covid 19 the method of play was managed by the size of the group playing and time of day; employing the 1st and the 11th as starting points. Since May 2020, the Club has followed the guidance of England Golf and has structured tee time arrangements in place. This has not affected the enthusiasm of the traditional groups / fiddles / swindles as there is something in place most days including Club Competitions of all types.

Our Ladies Section, captained by Mary Liddiard runs competitions throughout the year on Wednesdays and Sundays, with informal roll ups on Mondays and Fridays. Also available to members are both competitive and socially-mixed competitions.

We have a vibrant Junior Section, which run its own competitions throughout the year. They can also compete in Mens or Lady events when their handicap allows.

It is my belief that all sections of membership within the Club, as well as our visitors, whether playing or just socialising, will enjoy the course, hospitality, ambience and vista of one of England’s outstanding golf courses.

Thank you

Steve Harris
Club Captain