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John O\'Gaunt Golf Club

Price Guide: £££££ | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED   Golfshake Review

Course Information

John O\'Gaunt Golf Club, Bedfordshire is a 36 hole with 18 hole, par 69 (5771 yard) Carthagena and 18 hole, par 71 (6481 yard) John O\'Gaunt courses. A private, parkland golf course established in 1948.

36 holes | Par Carthagena 69; John O'Gaunt 71 | Carthagena 5771; John O'Gaunt 6481 yards | Private | Parkland

Driving rangeBuggy HireGolf shop Changing roomsClubhouse BarFood Function Room Hire Handicap required


Tee Time Information

Midweek Guide: £50.00 per round, £60.00 per day *

Weekend Guide: £45.00 per round after 3pm only *

* Any prices shown are guide prices, please confirm with the course prior to booking.


Visitor Information

  • Societies Accepted to Play
  • Society Deals Available

Contact Information

Address: Sutton Park, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2LY United Kingdom

Tel: 01767 260360

Golf Pro: Lee Scarbrow | Tel: 01767 260094

Website: http://www.johnogauntgolfclub.co.uk

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John O\'Gaunt Golf Club Reviews & Information


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  4.44

Golfshake Golf Course Rating from 69
Average Ratings
4.37 ... Overall Rating
4.47 ... The Course
4.14 ... Course Cond.
4.32 ... Facilities/Serv.
4.08 ... VFM
Addtional Ratings
4.00 ... Pace of play
4.05 ... Hospitality.
3.71 ... Prac. Facil.
4.00 ... Food + Drink
Reviews

69 ratings & 45 reviews on Golfshake. Ranked 444 out of 2183.

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Reviewed Jun 29 2017 by Ben/peterborough - rated 2 out of 5

Stuck in the old

Played here a few weeks ago, really enjoyed the course and found it really enjoyable until we went into the clubhouse. The staff behind the bar were welcoming and friendly which is more that can be said for their members. Old clubs like this need to catch up as those members aint going to be around for ever. Shame it spoilt a nice course.
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Reviewed Nov 19 2018 by Frank J - rated 3 out of 5

Two different challenging courses

Fairways on the old course suffered during the hot summer.
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Reviewed Feb 18 2018 by Simon W - rated 3 out of 5
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Reviewed Feb 18 2018 by Simon W - rated 3 out of 5
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Reviewed Mar 8 2015 by Nick G - rated 3 out of 5


(Round played: Mar 2015 - Score: 87 Handicap: 19.7)
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Reviewed Feb 23 2015 by Damion G - rated 3 out of 5


(Round played: Feb 2015 - Score: 101 Handicap: 24)
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Reviewed Jul 9 2013 by Ed -hcp 4 - rated 3 out of 5
Played the Old Course at John O'Gaunt on July 8th. Perfect weather, gentle wind. The course was in good condition, with excellent greens. Some really long and challenging par 4s at well over 400 yds, where par is a great score. I believe either hole 5 or 6 should have been made a par 5, making the course a par 72. Virtually no water in play. Straight forward greens, setting up a few birdie chances. The service in the proshop could have been better, and the practice facilities are ok at best. Did not feel very welcome as a visitor. Would recommend Gog Magog Old Course over this for any player visiting the Cambridge area.
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Reviewed Dec 21 2012 by Frank B - rated 3 out of 5
Have played here (J O'G course) a few times with a member. I can think of more interesting / varied courses to play in the warmer months but it's a remarkably free draining track so a great place to play after it's been raining for ever. Very well looked after overall. They clear leaves in the Autumn and err on the side of caution re: temporary greens when it's cold overnight. Lovely club house.
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Reviewed Jul 14 2021 by Geoff J - rated 4 out of 5

JO'G's morning in sunshine

Very nice historical course. Not particularly challenging but very long for the average golfer, particularly so many long par 4s. Geoff
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Reviewed Oct 25 2020 by Peter M - rated 4 out of 5
Very good..a challenge
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Reviewed Sep 11 2020 by Terry G - rated 4 out of 5

Great set-up and 2 courses

Renowned as one of the best courses in Bedfordshire, and probably the first place Nick Faldo won an open competition (as a junior).

We played the Old Course, which is well laid out and a delight to play, although because the fairways haven?t recovered from the very dry summer of 2018, preferred lies are in place on all areas mown to fairway length.

Preferred lies is also in place in bunkers, because of Covid19, and the resultant removal of rakes. I only visited one, and whilst it looked immaculate, being freshly raked by the greenkeepers, the sand below the top level was quite firm, resulting in a flyer over the green!
This round was in the Bedfordshire County Senior Championships, and therefore played from the back tees, where CSS was 73 on the day against a par of 71, and this was on a very calm day ? very little wind to worry about, and a lovely sunny day. The longer par 4?s are hard to reach in 2 for us older guys, and that certainly showed.

Greens were quite quick, and very true, with the ball going exactly where you sent it, although they seemed a little firm, so difficult to get a full shot into the greens to stop quickly, unless you hit it very firmly.
The course has many very mature trees, although I did notice that they have plans to remove, or at least pollard a number of the older ones, and presumably they will also remove the few dead ones that are still in place.

When this Championship was re-organised, the restaurant hadn?t re-opened, so I can?t comment on food or prices, but I have eaten here before, and remember it as always being very good. The bar is well organised to avoid people congregating (Covid19 again), although that does give a rather strange one way system to enter and leave to clubhouse.

All in all and enjoyable day, and I would certainly recommend, and I will be back as soon as possible, as I always enjoy playing here.
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Reviewed Sep 6 2019 by Aaron - rated 4 out of 5

Top Course

Played the Carthagena Course. Greens were pure. Very fast and very true. In fact the whole greens complexes were in fabulous condition, as were the bunkers. The 16th hole is a delight to play and very unique. My only criticism is the fairways on this course, they are in terrible condition, and never really withstand any summer heat or prolonged dry periods. The course would really benefit from fairway irrigation. Nonetheless a really great course!
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Reviewed Jun 21 2019 by Robert M - rated 4 out of 5
The John O'Gaunt course is challenging at my level, but a top quality course in excellent condition. It has recovered well from the drought.

Well worth a visit

(Round played: Jun 2019 - Score: 95 Handicap: 15.7)
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Reviewed Jun 13 2019 by Robert T - rated 4 out of 5
Lovely Parkland course which is always kept to very high standards. Playable throughout the June downpour, there was no flooding on the course at all. Best advice would be to steer clear of the trees, apparently chipping out sideways doesn't make for great scoring!!!
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Reviewed Nov 18 2018 by David M - rated 4 out of 5

John o gaunt

Excellent course but difficult , too many leaves so hard to find the ball

(Round played: Nov 2018 - Score: 139 Handicap: )
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Reviewed Jul 2 2018 by Terry G - rated 4 out of 5
Renowned as one of the best courses in Bedfordshire, and probably the first place Nick Faldo won an open competition (as a junior). The course is well laid out and a delight to play, although this year it is looking rather brown due to the very sunny weather, and no rain for 5 weeks. Bunkers were a little variable (a member I played with complained of no sand in one, but there was plenty in ALL the ones I visited). We played from the back tees on a windy day, and the course showed it's teeth especially with erratic bounces off the hard ground. Greens could have been quicker, but with so much sun, it's good that they leave some grass so they don't burn badly. Fairways were very dry and 'sunburnt'. Tees were immaculate, and overall course was as you would expect for a County Senior Championships.

(Round played: Jul 2018 - Score: 92 Handicap: 10.5)
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Reviewed Mar 2 2018 by David S - rated 4 out of 5

Hidden Gem

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Reviewed Oct 23 2017 by Max H - rated 4 out of 5

Decent course, strong winds

decent round played in strong winds. Enjoyed the second 9 more than the first as had more about it but a good course overall

(Round played: Oct 2017 - Score: 89 Handicap: 16.4)
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Reviewed Aug 14 2017 by Geofffrey B - rated 4 out of 5

Yellow

Basically a course of long PAR 4s, even the PAR 3's!!!
Course in good condition and well looked after. An old fansioned members club which is only just relaxing it's codes including dress code etc.

(Round played: Aug 2017 - Score: 101 Handicap: 17.3)
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Reviewed Sep 19 2016 by Jason B - rated 4 out of 5
A lovely club and course. Great views over the course from the club house. Good food at reasonable prices. A picturesque course that regularly demands accuracy over distance. A challenge - particularly for the first-timer - but a challenge I wouldn't mind another go at!
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