Making golf affordable, flexible
and family friendly
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Dunstable Downs Golf Club is a private members golf club and as a member you are guaranteed a warm welcome to you, your family and friends, including children. Becoming a member represents fantastic value through a variety of categories that suit all ages and standards.

The process of joining is simple and membership fees can be paid by installments. Gone are the days of formal interviews with the Committee or playing auditions with a Committee member.

Our membership is incredibly broad in terms of age, golfing experience, cultural background and occupation. Whether you are male or female, young or old, new to golf or a scratch player, everyone is welcome.

Playing membership allows unlimited use of the course and clubhouse, the opportunity to enter Club competitions and to maintain an official CONGU handicap that can now be used throughout the world. (From November 2020). Social membership is available for those non-golfers wishing to make use of our excellent clubhouse facilities.

We have regular tasting sessions for those getting into golf, and our regular ‘fiddles’, ‘swindles’ and ‘roll ups’ are a great opportunity to meet other like-minded members and to make new friends.

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More benefits

Competitive Golf
Foursomes, Four Balls, Greensomes, Texas Scrambles, Bogey competitions; you name it, we play it! We really do have a wide range of competitions in a variety of formats for you to enjoy. In addition, as an established club we have a full fixture list with other local clubs in the area. We play in all County Competitions and Leagues. These fixtures cover all playing categories and sections and, in addition, we also host a number of Open and Invitation Days. You too could represent Dunstable Downs against other member clubs in friendly competitions.

Social Events
We have a lot… A busy social calendar.

Members Liability Insurance
As a fully paid up member England Golf automatically provide £10 million of personal liability insurance.
This does not cover the loss or theft of clubs and other equipment. Members should check the exact level of cover provided and satisfy themselves that it is adequate for their circumstances or alternatively arrange personal cover as required

Reciprocal Golf - 1906 Club & James Braid Association
Take up the opportunity to experience and enjoy playing other heathland, parkland and links courses at concessionary rates.

PGA Professional
Dunstable Downs benefits from having the very best professional staff to help you develop your game or just get it back on track.

Introduce guests at a reduced rate
Bring up to three guests per day to join you at concessionary rates.

Voting rights
Your vote will count at General Meetings and you will be eligible to stand for election to the Management Committee (after two years).

All year-round golf
Unlike many of our neighbouring clubs, our fantastic drainage means we are very rarely closed. When others can only offer a restricted number of holes and ‘winter greens’ in the winter months when they are waterlogged, you'll find 18 holes open here.

Golf Buggies
At £25 for a round this has got to be one of the best value buggies around…but it is even better value for members at only £20.

Discounted shop prices
Headline 5% discounts on Golf Bags, Shoes, and non DDGC Logo clothing to members. But check out Darren’s page on this web site for the very latest deals.

Low cost food and drink
Quality catering from our ‘in house’ team who produce everything from bar snacks to a la carte dining. Members benefit from discounts off the cost of food and drinks when using your bar card.

World Handicap System
Get an official golfing handicap (WHS) – a system that reflects your playing ability and allows to compete fairly with other players from around the world.

Drying Room
Invaluable when you have come in from a challenging day on the course. Dry your clubs and clothing before you go out for that second round of the day.

Your Health
The health benefits of playing golf are significant. It is a sport that can be played from 4 to 104. In a 9-hole round, a player will walk two to three miles, take over 5,000 steps and burn over 450 calories.

Practice Facilities
Putting green, short and long game areas with covered driving bays.


Free Wi Fi

Discounted Function rates
As a member, there is no room hire cost to you for holding your parties, weddings and birthdays.

Junior Golf Lessons
One golf lesson is provided from our Professionals every year to our junior golf members completely free of charge. Other group lessons for juniors are also available. Call the Pro-shop on 01582 662806 for more information.

2022 Membership Fees

Membership Category Subscription Joining Fee
Full Members £1,395 £500
Aged Under 40 £1,205 £400
Aged Under 30 £965 £300
Cadet Aged 23 - 25 £635 £200
Cadet Aged 20 - 22 £345 £100
Cadet Aged 18 - 19 £225 £100
Junior Aged 16 - 17 £153 n/a
Junior Aged Under 16 £120 n/a
Social (including VAT) £72 n/a

Additional Costs

Bar Levy (for all members except Juniors) £50
England Golf and Bedfordshire County Affiliation Fees - Men - £20.30
England Golf and Bedfordshire County Affiliation Fees - Ladies - £22.50
Payment by monthly Direct Debit is available for £1 per month administration charge

What our new members say
- Steve Fenn -

The welcome received by EVERYBODY at the Club has been exceptional. I was made to feel at home from minute one and especial thanks go to Terry Pead, Nigel Beddall and Steve Harris (Captain) for all going the extra mile in helping me settle in.

- Ian Chalmers -

All the comps are well arranged and by joining the Saturday Cricketers fiddle I have been able to play regular weekend golf which was exactly what I was looking for before I retire next year.

- Terry McGovern -

At Dunstable you make new members very welcome and I would say this is the biggest plus for anyone joining. It was made very clear that all the fiddles are open to new members and I have not experienced any rejection to join ANY of the groups, just the opposite.

- Nigel Ward -

Personally, I was made to feel so welcome here by everyone. In fact, on my first day I was spoken to by more members on my journey from the carpark to the putting green than in the whole 4 yrs of membership at my previous club. The course is always in great condition.

- Peter Lee -

What I have enjoyed the most is the friendliness of all the other members and the staff and the condition of the course. I am able to play when I have the time. I am a fan of the tee booking system that allows members to book and cancel their own tee times at the click of a button

- Eric Houston -

One of the reasons I joined Dunstable was it rarely has to close. I also appreciate the work that has gone into achieving the current condition the course is in. The ground staff are to be congratulated on their professional skills.

- Rob O’Neill -

It was so easy to join with no ‘formal’ interviews and we were all members within a couple of hours. It was like a breath of fresh air with members coming up to us asking how we were doing and expressing a genuine interest in how our early days were going, totally different from our last club!

- Chris Davison -

I have enjoyed, what time I have been allowed to play. Looking forward to playing again soon,

A personal message from Brenda, the head of the Management Committee

Our membership application procedure is very simple and straightforward, with no formal interview involved. The whole procedure is handled by me as the Head of the Management Committee.

Our membership year runs from the 1st January to the 31st December, with those joining during the year being charged their subscription on a pro-rata basis. It is possible to pay the annual subscription charges by monthly Direct Debit. The cost of the Joining Fee can also be spread, interest free, over two instalments – with one instalment payable at the time of joining and the second instalment payable a year later.

If you have not played our course before, you would be very welcome to play it before making an application to join. The cost of your Green Fee will be deducted from your Subscription Charge when you join. If you would like to play the course, please contact our Professional Darren Charlton, on 01582 662806, to find out the best time to do so.


Dunstable Downs Golf Club
Whipsnade Road, Kensworth, Dunstable, United Kingdom, LU6 2NB

01582 604472
Comradery and friendship
Still going strong after all these years