A proud history
and an even brighter future
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Dunstable Downs is a prime example of a golf course as a constant evolving entity. Throughout its history the course has gone through many alterations in both the routing of its holes and the detailed layout in response to land availability and golfing aesthetic, safety and technological concerns, without losing either its architectural vitality or diminishing its status as one of Bedfordshire’s finest and sternest golfing tests.

The site at Dunstable Downs has many traditional natural attributes including the combination of a firm, crisp turf, freely draining soil, and an open aspect. Crucially, as the golf course routing evolved, much greater use was made of the natural site features, creating golf holes distinctive to Dunstable.

Aerial photograph from 1940 - where are the trees?
From the Richard W Bagshawe Collection / Dunstable and District Local History Society
The 6th
The 12th
The 3rd
Benjamin Bennett II
One of the Club's early benefactors

Benjamin Bennett, who was Mayor of Dunstable in 1871 and 1872, was a prominent local businessman. His father, also named Benjamin Bennett, ran a hat factory in High Street North. Benjamin Jnr, who had trained as a lawyer, took over the business in 1865 when his father suffered a stroke. He expanded the business, bought a second hat factory in Luton and then went into the beer-brewing industry with great success. He purchased North-Western Brewery’s factory in Chiltern Road in 1887. Bennett’s Brewery, and its associated public houses, became very well-known locally. He died, childless, in 1911 and his widow provided the funds to create Bennett’s Memorial Recreation Ground in Bull Pond Lane.

Lionel Charles Reginald Thring
And a golfer too
Ladies Exhibition match 1950
Miss Jean Donald, Miss Jean Shepard, Stewart Field (Pro), Mrs Sarah Bolton, Jim Facer (Captain), Mrs Dorothy McQuilton (Lady Captain), Tom Moore (Secretary)