5 reviews of John O'Gaunt Golf Club
Played here October 08 ( £20 using a county card ).
Fairly bland parkland course .I was bored with it after about five holes .For a course reputed to be the best in Bedfordshire it was disappointing.Although the scenery ,trees etc. are pleasant there was just an overiding feeling of blandness & of it being a bit of a slog. We played on a sunny day ,but without this it would feel pretty bleak.
There are only three par 3's (two of which are over 175 yards )& i felt it needed two more to break the monotony . I like short par 4's if they're risk & reward but most of the short par 4's here are quite fiddly, where you have to land the ball in a precise area.(i.e your tee shot on the short first has to be very precisely hit down the left to open up the green & generally there was too much of this for me). This was also the case on some of the longer par 4's where you aim to a position where the fairway narrows down ( i.e at the 2nd & 3rd).
Thinking back ,apart from the par 3's ,there was only one hole on the whole course where you could actually see the flag from the tee & there were too many tree blockages for my liking .On the par four 5th hole there is a large conifer on the left about 150 yard from the green ,which as well as looking out of character,blocks the view down to the green .If it was taken out ,visually the hole would improve.
Other shortcomings were an unusual hole configuration at the end where the 16th green is near the clubhouse & you tediously have to go back out again to play the last two ,quite a bit of walking between greens & tees which adds to the tiring nature of the course, no real standout holes, difficulty in finding balls that missed the fairway due to the amount of leaves combined with the fairly thick rough ,having a flat 472 yard par 4 allied to a downhill 484 yard par 5 and quite a few of the greens had small, bare patches on them & although they were well manicured , were the worst looking greens i've seen this year.
Good things were a nice, elevated clubhouse & terrace which overlooks the 18th ,an excellent ,good-value snack menu ,fine overall course presentation , the club was very welcoming & the club operate a 2 ball only policy on certain days/times which ensures a decent pace of play .
ID agree with previous very scruffy in places in need of some attention although i felt the greens a little slow and bumpy, members very out of touch with visiting parties. The layout and trees are fantastic
John O'Gaunt course is good and challenging. Looked a bit scruffy in places but greens good. An excellent courseto put your golf to the test!
Clubhouse - IMO - Jurassic Park recreated! I found a few of its members to be very unfriendly with an outdated attitude to visitors. I felt as though I was intruding.
Foof was okay though.
For Green fees make sure you have cash - plastic wasn't accepted when I played this month.
John O'Gaunt Course
Superb course, very tricky, perfectly cut fairways, and superb greens. Very challenging for players of all levels. Very friendly, to adults not so much towards juniors.
Absolutely superb golf course. In beautiful condition. Lovely fairways and very fast greens. Difficult to score with long par 4s and some narrow tree lined fairways. Fantastic value for money.
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