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Have we got it right?

By John Winter

While carrying out my own research for this web site I came across some really interesting facts. I always knew that we played on a Braid course but I didn't really fully understand what that actually meant? I hope I have been able to join up some of the jots for you. Of course, the more you discover the more you want to know more. So…

James Braid
In the book “James Braid and his four hundred courses”, authors John F Moreton & Iain Cummings say, “The course was opened without ceremony on 26th September 1931, its yardage being 6579, longer than today." Do you have an old score card from 1931 through to 1936 or an old photograph from this time. Perhaps you are holding a copy of James Braid’s invoice together with his original plan for his architectural services! Please let me know if you have anything that adds to the heritage of the club.

Cameron Sinclair
Cameron Sinclair was / is a prominent golf course architect. He advised us on new bunkering about 25 years ago. Where are the plans? Where is his report? If any member has a copy of this information please let me know so we can add to the course history.

Neolithic and Saxon history
I have recently been told that on the left of the path from the 12th tee are three round depressions, which are the remains of Neolithic Bronze Age huts. Between the 6th tee and the 7th green is an old Saxon well. And the green on the 11th was built over an old British Villa. I am consulting with a member of The Manshead Archaeological Society to validate this information but if you have any evidence to share with me just let me know.

The Clubhouse
Where are the plans of the original 1936 clubhouse? Who designed it? We know that it was ahead of its time when it was built. Does anybody still hold information on the aborted clubhouse redevelopment?

What’s missing?
Please let me know what’s missing from this new site so that it can be included. I am keen to add pages that gets under the skin of the club and its members. Just fill in the form below and I will get back to you.

Whats wrong?
We have checked so many times to find all of the spelling or grammatical errors...but there will still be some. When you find them please let me know so that I can make the necessary corrections.

Photographs
If you have any old photographs hidden away in the attic then please share them with the club. During my research I managed to find a good quality picture taken from around 1920 on the old course. I will scan and return the original to you. We are working closely with The Dunstable History Society to ensure that this information is archived correctly and shared for future generations.

And a final word from The Management Committee
The objective of the new website is to provide an outward facing medium for prospective new members, societies and people who want to hold functions at the Club. The website is designed to capitalise on two major selling points of our golf club; its history and James Braid design, and its position in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We welcome any feedback you may have on the new site.

Contact

Dunstable Downs Golf Club
Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2NB

01582 604472